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- kevin sellers
Before there was Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond there was Ben Hecht. Great writer of cynical movies. This one is easily as good as Ace In The Hole, maybe better. I love it that it ends with the hero and heroine, Carole Lombard and Frederick March, quarreling in the South Pacific. A movie's ending has to be true to what's gone before it and a sappy, romantic conclusion would have really hurt this film. Also making this a near classic is an inspired cast of great comic actors including Lombard, of course, but also Walter Conolly as the amoral, permanently ticked off editor, Sig Rumann as the Viennese Dr. Egglehoffer, an expert in radium poisoning, with an accent that Peter Sellers ripped off in Lolita, Margaret Hamilton as a nasty Vermont store clerk, and Maxie Rosenblum as the beau ideal of punch-drunk prizefighters. A true comic ensemble movie, a la Sturges. My only caveat is that Frederick March, although not bad, just seems more comfortable in dramatic roles. Let's give it an A-.
Great ending line.
Carole Lombard is very good but I am not a fan of March. The color was odd on this print and I thought it was colorized. (What the heck color WAS Lombard's hair? It's a weird brassy, gold- brown in this film.) Connolly overacts again as newspaper boss. Overall the script is sharp and scenes of NYC are spectacular. Carole has one of the funniest lines I have heard in a light comedy like this. Look for the last line she delivers ...then it is repeated in newspaper headline. Very, very funny and a great ending.
Gained momentum, then fizzled
- el debbo
It was intriguing at the beginning, and I gained a new interest respect for Frederic March with this movie. It's hilarious when he arrives in Vermont and gets the strong impression--- he's not welcome! Otherwise, they all trek to NYC and it's all downhill from there. I don't see this movie as "great", merely fair entertainment. Three stars.
A hilarious, cynical black comedy. March is great as a reporter who tries to get the whole story of a dying woman who's perfectly fine, Lombard at her excellent best. This satire takes on hypocrisy instead of marital skirmishes that screwball comedies at the time were known for. A first-rate film with good acting and a witty story. I give it a 4.5/5.
Worst of the lot
Don't believe reviews of this as a classic screwball comedy. A great idea, but the plotting is poor and the direction inept--a shot with dialogue where the two leads' heads are obscured by a branch--for no reason; and the climatic scene of the movie SPOILER where the leads profess their love is obscured/in darkness. This is the worst example of the genre. Do yourself a favor and check out The Awful Truth instead.
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- Alan Jay
Tonight's showing is the premiere of a newly remastered two-strip Technicolor print. Looking forward to seeing it.
- Mark Sutch
I LOVE this movie, it is hilarity at its best.
One of the great 'screwball comedies'.Let me put it this way, I love Martin & Lewis (I'm from Dino's hometown), but I don't think the remake (Living It Up) holds a candle to the March/Lombard model. And I do like the remake. I can't figure out if it's Lombard or March or both that makes me love this movie SOOOO much, but I do. They were both phenomenal actors with great comedic presence. Check this movie out, if you have yet to do so. You won't be wasting your time.