Nothing Sacred is an unstoppable force of brisk cynicism; a quickie that eschewed the tonal and structural elegance of its more celebrated contemporaries, resulting in a raucous, vivacious work of surprising stylistic innovation. Screwball queen Carole Lombard stars as Hazel Flagg, a resident of a sleepy Vermont town who receives news that her terminal case of radium poisoning was actually a misdiagnosis. Though delighted not to be dying, Hazel is still disappointed due to the fact that she was going to use the compensation money from her workplace to visit New York. Meanwhile, journalist Wally Cook (Fredric March) believes Hazel’s struggle with her impending death is just the story he needs to rescue his career after a recent scandal that resulted in his demotion at the Morning Star newspaper. Unaware of Hazel’s true circumstances, he takes her to New York to report her story and ensure her final days and luxurious and happy ones.
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