By Candlelight. 1933. USA. Directed by James Whale. Written by Hans Kraly, Karen De Wolf, F. Hugh Herbert, Ruth Cummings. With Elissa Landi, Paul Lukas, Nils Asther, Esther Ralston. 69 min.
Paul Lukas—Universal’s somewhat lugubrious answer to the continental seducers played at Paramount by Adolphe Menjou—assumed the lead in a series of sophisticated comedies at the studio, none better than this polished James Whale production. As the butler to an aristocratic cad (Nils Asther), he learns successfully to imitate his master’s technique with the ladies. But is he up to the challenge of Marie (Elissa Landi), the mysterious young woman he meets on the train to Monte Carlo?