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She Married an Artist

She Married an Artist(1937)

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The famous French fashion designer, Toni Bennet, professionally known as Antoinette, sails to New York in hopes of rekindling her romance with American illustrator Lee Thornwood. In order to attract his attention, Toni gives a ship-board interview in which she criticizes American fashions, with particular emphasis on the Thornwood Girl, Lee's famous illustration. Lee learns of Toni's attack and demands an immediate retraction. The two go to a French cafe for lunch, then end up that night on a Connecticut beach fondly remembering their love affair of five years earlier. The next day, Lee calls his housekeeper, Martha Moriarity, and informs her that he and Toni have eloped and plan to set sail for a European honeymoon. Unfortunately for the couple, a seaman's strike grounds the ship in port, and they return to his apartment that same day. At the apartment, Toni meets Lee's longstanding model, Sally Dennis, on whom he has based the Thornwood Girl for two years. Publisher Whitney Holton, an old friend of Lee's, persuades the artist to do a special series of illustrations based on Toni's clothing. Sally objects to this new job, stating that Lee paints characters, not clothing, and as Toni enters the studio, Sally kisses Lee provocatively. Toni, a woman of the world, realizes what Sally is up to, but Lee still feels badly. The next day, Toni is working on her designs for New York dress manufacturer Philip Corval when Lee asks her to go see the play You Can't Take It With You that night. Philip offers to loan Toni a fur coat for the evening, and the two are accidentally locked in the fur vault by the night watchman. They are finally freed at two o'clock in the morning, and Philip offers Toni a couple of drinks to warm her up. Unfortunately, Toni has one drink too many and returns to the worried Lee intoxicated. When Sally doubts the validity of Toni's story, Lee fires her and makes Toni his new model. Toni is a failure as a model, so Lee goes to Chicago to finish his sketches. He rejects every model there until Sally arrives and they finish the assignment in a flurry of work. Back in New York, Toni thinks their marriage is over and prepares to sail for Europe. Lee then reads a newspaper interview in which Toni announces their divorce after ten days of marriage, due to Lee's temperament and other flaws. Lee rushes back to New York to confront Toni, only to learn that Martha had instigated the article in hopes of bringing the couple back together. The housekeeper's plan works, and the couple plan to set sail once again for their European honeymoon. Just as they are about to leave, however, Lee is offered an important commission that he cannot refuse. Lee and Toni worry about finding him a new model when Sally's sister, Betty, arrives. With a perfect replica of Sally at his disposal, Lee starts back to work as Toni orders Martha to start unpacking once again.