“Extravagance” is a 1930 pre-code drama film directed by Phil Rosen and starring Alice White, William Powell, and Myrna Loy.
The film follows the story of Nellie Nolan (White), a chorus girl who marries wealthy businessman Bill Wetherby (Powell) in a bid to escape her life of poverty. However, their marriage is fraught with problems as Bill’s socialite friends and family disapprove of Nellie and her working-class background.
As Nellie tries to fit in with high society, she finds herself drawn to Bill’s best friend, Ronnie (Henry Kolker), who shares her passion for the arts. As their relationship develops, Nellie becomes increasingly torn between her love for Ronnie and her loyalty to Bill.
The film explores themes of love, class, and the corrupting influence of wealth and power. The performances of White, Powell, and Loy are standout, with Loy playing the role of Bill’s sophisticated and manipulative sister.
“Extravagance” is a noteworthy pre-code film that depicts the excesses and scandals of the wealthy elite in the 1930s. The film’s melodramatic plot and stylish art deco design make it a must-see for fans of classic Hollywood cinema.
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