Design for Living

Design for Living

  • 1933
  • Not Rated
  • 91 min
  • USA
  • comedy, romance

A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch

Writers: Noël Coward, Ben Hecht, Samuel Hoffenstein

Stars: Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton, Franklin Pangborn

Even when Lubitsch filmed a play by Noel Coward, he still made it his own. Design for Living doesn't feel like a celebrated play; it feels like a Lubitsch movie.

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Design for Living (1933)


  • Ernst Lubitsch
    Ernst Lubitsch
    Ernst Lubitsch (January 28, 1892 - November 30, 1947) was a German-born film director. His urbane comedies of manners gave him the reputation of being Hollywood's most elegant and sophisticated director; as his prestige grew, his films were promoted as having "the Lubitsch touch." In 1947 he received an Honorary Academy Award for his distinguished contributions to the art of the...

Main Cast


Motion Picture Rating: Not Rated

Genres: comedy, romance

Keywords: paris, american

Categories: romantic rivalry, menage a trois


Producer: Ernst Lubitsch

Editor: Frances Marsh

Director of photography: Victor Milner

Original music composer: John Leipold

Costume design: Travis Banton

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 91 min

Country: USA

Language: English, French

Sound Mix: Mono

Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1

Color: Black and White

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