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lulu  This page presents an annotated, worldwide bibliography of reviews, articles and other published material related to the 1931 film God's Gift to Women. This American film includes Louise Brooks in the role of Florine. Around the world, this film was exhibited or written about under other titles including The Devil Was Sick (United States pre-release title); Dar boha k ženám (Czechoslovakia); Too Many Women (England); and Gotten Geschenk au die Frauen (Germany).

This page is a work in progress. The intention of this bibliography is to be as comprehensive as possible; most citations represent a substantial review or article. Shorter, capsule reviews - usually a paragraph or two in length - are so noted. Entries are arranged chronologically. Critical commentary regarding Brooks, or the film as a whole (excerpted from the material cited), are offered as annotations. Some citations are linked to the material cited. (Some links reside on the Louise Brooks Society website, while others exist elsewhere on the internet.) An * indicates that a copy of this citation is held in the archives of the LBS. If you know of additional citations, or can provide further information on the entries noted on this page, please contact the Louise Brooks Society via . If you would like to help find vintage newspaper reviews, please follow this link. This bibliography has been compiled by Thomas Gladysz, and was last updated in June 2007.

God's Gift to Women
released April 15, 1931

anonymous. "Comedian of Stage to Lead Girl Show." Reno Evening Gazette, January 17, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Reno, Nevada newspaper

anonymous. "God's Gift in Bad Taste." Hollywood Reporter, March 3, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in trade journal

Churchill, Edward. "New Product." Motion Picture Herald, March 14, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in trade journal

A., S. "At Palace." Cleveland Press, April 17, 1931. (United States) *
---review in Cleveland, Ohio newspaper

Boehnel, William. "God's Gift to Women Follows Familiar Lines." New York World-Telegram, April 17, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in New York City newspaper

Shawell, Julia. "Screen Views." Evening Graphic, April 17, 1931. (United States) *
---review in New York City newspaper

Thirer, Irene. "Globe Film Wins Rating of 2 1/2 Stars; God's Gift to Women Gets 2." New York Post, April 17, 1931. (United States) *
--- " . . . a good cast." - review in New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Amorous Fluff Amusing at Warner Bros." San Francisco Chronicle, April 18, 1931. (United States) *
--- "The picture is a bit of fluff, but it is amusing and is well produced." - review in San Francisco, California newspaper

Gagos, Hubert. "Frank Fay Plays Suave Lover in New Film Comedy." San Francisco News, April 18, 1931. (United States) *
--- "Ethlyne Clair, Louise Brooks and Yola D'Avril are quite convincing as Fay's former paramours." - review in San Francisco, California newspaper

S., A. D. "Fun in France." New York Times, April 18, 1931. (United States) *
--- ". . . . and Joan Blondell, Louise Brooks and Yola D'Avril figure prominently among the feminine admirers." - review in New York City newspaper

Shackleton, Walter D. "Just God's Gift." Morning Telegraph, April 18, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Projection Jottings." New York Times, April 19, 1931. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks and Tyrrell Davis are prominent in the large assemblage of supporting players." - brief review in New York City newspaper

Marsh, W. Ward. "Palace Has God's Gift to Women, Amusing Farce Which Stars Frank Fay." Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 19, 1931. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks (returning to the screen in a comparatively minor role) . . . ." - article in Cleveland, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "Reviews of the New Films." Film Daily, April 19, 1931. (United States) *
--- capsule review; "Merry French farce with amusing plot and deft comedy work by Frank Fay, fine feminine support and good direction."

anonymous. "Frank Fay as Don Juan at Warner." San Francisco Examiner, April 19, 1931. (United States) *
--- "The cast is notable . . . . Joan Blondell, the blonde, and Louise Brooks, the brunette, are prominent among the principals." - review in San Francisco, California newspaper

Dickstein, Martin. "The Cinema Circuit." Brooklyn Daily Eagle, April 20, 1931. (United States) *
--- ". . . . the other roles are agreeably played by Louise Brooks, Yola D'Avril, Joan Blondell and Charles Winninger." - review in New York City newspaper

Watts Jr., Richard. "On the Screen." New York Herald Tribune, April 20, 1931. (United States) *
--- ". . . . a thin farce." - review in New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Louise Brooks in Warner Picture Here Next Friday." Los Angeles Daily Illustrated News, April 21, 1931. (United States) *
--- brief article in Los Angeles, California newspaper

Delehanty, Thonton. "The New Film." New York Post, April 21, 1931. (United States) *
--- "The humor is in the style of the hackneyed French farce, so hackneyed that it is paralyzingly awful." - review in New York City newspaper

Pelswick, Rose. "Frank Fay as Irrestible Heart-Breaker Enlivens Slim Movie Story." New York Evening Journal, April 21, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in New York City newspaper

Bige. "God's Gift to Women." Variety, April 22, 1931. (United States) *
--- review; " . . . is no gift to audiences."

anonymous. "Enright Theatre." Jewish Criterion, April 24, 1931. (United States) *
--- Louise Brooks is referenced in article in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania publication

anonymous. "Four New Films Open Today." Los Angeles Record, April 24, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Los Angeles, California newspaper

G., R. "Mr. Fay's Gift." Wall Street Journal, April 24, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Theater News and Reviews." Marion Star, April 25, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Marion, Ohio newspaper

Hoffman, Jerry. "Program Pairs Farce Comedy and Golf Talk." Los Angeles Examiner, April 25, 1931. (United States) *
--- " . . . seems to be an album of Hollywood's beautiful women. There are Joan Blondell, Louise Brooks, . . . ." - review in Los Angeles, California newspaper

Mines, Harry. "Bobby Jones Reeler Clicks." Los Angeles Daily Illustrated News, April 25, 1931. (United States) *
--- "All the girls in the cast have the opportunity to wear beautiful clothes and look their vamnpiest. They are Laura LaPlante, Marguerite Livingston, Yola D'Avril, Louise Brooks, Joan Blondell,, Ethelyn Claire and the Sisters 'G'." - review in Los Angeles, California newspaper

Oliver, W. E. "Fay Proves Facetious Casanova at Warners." Los Angeles Evening Herald, April 25, 1931. (United States) *
--- "Others who are easy to the eye are Joan Blondell, Louise Brooks, . . . ." - review in Los Angeles, California newspaper

Strauss, H. David. "God's Gift to Women." Billboard, April 25, 1931. (United States) *
--- review; "A cast of feminine lovelies surrounds the star, including Louise Brooks . . . . "

anonymous. "Current and Coming Features at the Movies." St. Louis Globe Democrat, April 26, 1931. (United States) *
--- "Others in the cast include Louise Brooks." - article in St. Louis, Missouri newspaper

Jones, Ralph T. "Paramount Shows Western, Comedy." Atlanta Constitution, April 26, 1931. (United States) *
--- brief review in Atlanta, Georgia newspaper

Nie. "The Week's New Films." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 26, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in St. Louis, Missouri newspaper

Schallert, Edwin. "First Golfing Picture Clever." Los Angeles Times, April 27, 1931. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks and Yola D'Avril participate zestfully in this conflict." - review in Los Angeles, California newspaper

Starr, Jimmy. "Warner's Hollywood Has F. Fay as Modern Don Juan." Los Angeles Evening Express, April 27, 1931. (United States) *
--- "Joan Blondell, Louise Brooks and Yola D'Avril are a trio of snappy charmers." - review in Los Angeles, California newspaper

Miles, Florence. "Paramount." Atlanta Journal, April 28, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in Atlanta, Georgia newspaper

author unknown. Herald, April ?, 1931. (United States)
--- "Pure and simple farce, some of it very ordinary, and some of it full of hilarity." - review in Syracuse, New York newspaper

author unknown. Post Standard, April ?, 1931. (United States)
--- "Starts rather slowly and takes some time to get into its stride, but it's an amusing picture, with one or two novel twists to the plot." - review in Syracuse, New York newspaper

anonymous. "God's Gift to Women - Warners." Photoplay, May 1931. (United States) *
--- capsule review; "Worth many a laugh."

F., D. P "Views and Reviews." Film Mercury, May 1, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in trade journal

anonymous. "God's Gift to Women, Aladdin's New Film Is a Lively Farce." Denver Post, May 3, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Denver, Colorado newspaper

Evans, Harry. "The Movies." Life, May 8, 1931. (United States) *
--- review; "These few amusing moments are the film's total assets - unless you haven't seen Louise Brooks, Joan Blondell and Yola D'Avril in their underwear."

anonymous. "God's Gift to Women." Hartford Daily Times, May 9, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Hartford, Connecticut newspaper

anonymous. "French Farce Opens Sunday At California." Santa Barbara Daily News, May 9, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Santa Barbara, California newspaper

anonymous. "Fay Featured In California." Santa Barbara Morning Press, May 10, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Santa Barbara, California newspaper

anonymous. "Metropolitan - God's Gift to Women." Washington Evening Star, May 10, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in Washington, D.C. newspaper

Bell, Nelson B. "Metropolitan." Washington Post, May 10, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in Washington D.C. newspaper

anonymous. "Frank Fay in Comedy Film At California." Santa Barbara Daily News, May 11, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Santa Barbara, California newspaper

anonymous. "Frank Fay Film About the Girls." Washington Herald, May 11, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in Washington, D.C. newspaper

K., H. "Frank Fay in Jolliest of Farces." Washington Times, May 11, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in Washington, D.C. newspaper

Roe, Bud. "Gossip of the Theaters." Santa Barbara Morning Press, May 11, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Santa Barbara, California newspaper

Roe, Bud. "Gossip of the Theaters." Santa Barbara Morning Press, May 12, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in Santa Barbara, California newspaper

anonymous. "French Farce Features Fay At California." Santa Barbara Daily News, May 13, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Santa Barbara, California newspaper

L., J. A. "God's Gift to Women." Dallas Morning News, May 15, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in Dallas, Texas newspaper

Adams, Carl B. "Amusements." Cincinnati Enquirer, May 18, 1931. (United States) *
--- capsule review in Cincinnati, Ohio newspaper

Sien, Max. "Albee." Cincinnati Post, May 18, 1931. (United States) *
--- capsule review in Cincinnati, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "Frank Fay Comes to New Majestic." Santa Monica Evening Outlook, May 20, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Santa Monica, California newspaper

anonymous. "Frank Fay at Twin Houses." Boston Post, May 25, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

Tinee, Mae. "'It,' Man Movie Is Nonsense, but It Entertains." Chicago Tribune, May 28, 1931 (United States) *
--- review in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

P., K. "Dorothy Mackaill and Frank Fay Started in Pictures at Mosque." Newark Star Eagle, June 6, 1931. (United States) *
--- review in Newark, New Jersey newspaper

anonymous. "Comedy Prevails on Bill at Wigwam." Reno Evening Gazette, June 6, 1931. (United States) *
--- brief write-up in Reno, Nevada newspaper

anonymous. "Hilarious Comedy At Wigwam Now." Nevada State Journal, June 7, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Reno, Nevada newspaper

anonymous. "Baxter and Bennett Make Fine Love Team for Doctor's Wives." Zanesville Signal, June 14, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Zanesville, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "God's Gift to Women." The Bioscope, June 17, 1931. (England) *
--- capsule review

anonymous. "God's Gift to Women New Capitol Offering." Sacramento Bee, June 17, 1931. (United States) *
--- short review in Sacramento, California newspaper

Thompson, Marjorie. "God's Gift to Women, The Lady Refuses Open." Sacramento Union, June 18, 1931. (United States) *
--- one of two films reviewed; Sacramento, California newspaper

anonymous. "Frank Fay Cast as Notorious Lover." Lima News, June 25, 1931. (United States) *
--- short article in Lima, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "God's Gift to Women." Picture-Play, July, 1931. (United States) *
--- short review; "Joan Blondell, Louise Brooks, and Yola d'Avril are among those present."

anonymous. "Favorite Actors Booked." News-Palladium, July 16, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Benton Harbor, Michigan newspaper

anonymous. "God's Gift to Women." New Movie, August, 1931. (United States)
--- capsule review

anonymous. "All-Star Cast Plays in Romance-Comedy." Appleton Post Crescent, August 29, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Appleton, Wisconsin newspaper

anonymous. "God's Gift to Women is Funniest of All Parisian Farces." Key West Citizen , September 8, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Key West, Florida newspaper

anonymous. "Frank Fay Featured in Rialto Picture." Chronicle Telegram, September 12, 1931. (United States) *
--- brief article in Elyria , Ohio newspaper

author unknown. Picturegoer, October 10, 1931. (England)
--- review

anonymous. "Fay Featured." Lima News, November 1, 1931. (United States) *
--- article in Lima, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "Film Notes - God's Gift to Women." Pacific Film Archive, March 6, 1983. (United States) *
--- brief program notes from the PFA program "Louise Brooks in God's Gift to Women" - Berkeley, California (follow
this link to access text)

Erickson, Hal. "God's Gift to Women." All Movie Guide, circa 2000. (United States) *
--- capsule review on film website; "God's Gift to Women is injured beyond repair by the obnoxious, mannered performance of Frank Fay. . . ."

anonymous. "God's Gift to Women." TV Guide Online, circa 2001. (United States) *
--- capsule review on entertainment website; "Though it's a funny premise, the film just doesn't work. There are too many supporting characters, and gaps in the story suggest that some juicier sections were edited out by nervous producers."


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