It’s one-sided love at first sight for Larry O’Brien and Diane Forsythe, who catches Larry’s attention after he sees her ride past in a car with her chauffer.
Larry decides to follow Diane and learns that she is not only related to a finance minister, but also engaged to a wealthy, older man named Clive Latimer.
Completely smitten with Diane, Larry tries to convince her not to go through with the marriage, which he suspects has been arranged for the family’s benefit rather than for love… and he’s willing to dig up the dirt to prove it.
William McGann directs 1931’s I Like Your Nerve, which stars Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Loretta Young in the roles of Larry and Diane. Also appearing in the film is Boris Karloff in a small role as a butler.
I Like Your Nerve is a light-hearted and pretty fluffy film, which makes it either a fun watch or a completely obnoxious one depending on your taste. It’s romantic fare that doesn’t require much investment from the audience in the way of thought — great for one of those days when your brain is taxed and you want an easy watch, so long as you aren’t peeved by films of this type.
It’s difficult to discern whether Larry’s persistence is cute or TOO persistent. The character borders on stalker-y at times. Regardless, Fairbanks, Jr. and Loretta Young have a very nice chemistry that makes most of his forward behavior forgivable and makes the audience root for them as a couple.
Loretta Young on her own is wonderful. She’s an incredible talent whose performances I tend to love in just about any film, and this one is no exception. She’s completely delightful here. The film would probably be enjoyable with any spunky actress in the role of Diane, but Young’s charm and screen presence give the story a magnetism that it wouldn’t have without her.
Young’s charm aside, the journey of her character is a fairly typical one, moving from a forced marriage to a sense of rebellion to a forbidden romance.
I Like Your Nerve is a predictable but cute film that delivers quite a few laughs. If you enjoy fluttery rom-coms, this is worth a watch. The score: 3/5