Starring: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Alexander D’Arcy
Director: Leo McCarey
Summary: A divorced couple keeps getting mixed up in each other’s love lives
Other Nominations: Director*, Actress (Dunne), Supporting Actor (Bellamy), Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing
-I liked Cary Grant quite bit: he’s handsome, charming and has this odd accent that’s like an odd mix between British (which he was) and New Yorker. I can see why he was a major male romantic comedy lead for years to come, although based off this, he probably won’t be one of my favorites or anything. This is actually the second movie I’ve seen him in, after She Done Him Wrong, but that movie was so lousy that it barely counts
-The film does a nice job of treating both the leads (and sexes) as equals. They’re portrayed as equally smart but equally lacking in trust for their partner (which is their downfall), and the film doesn’t take sides or assign blame specifically to either one.
-It had its moments and I liked the characters just fine, but I just did find the movie to be THAT funny. I knew coming in that this is a highly regarded classic comedy, but there were long periods where I barely chuckled every couple of minutes. Compared to the last McCarey movie I saw (Ruggles of Red Gap), neither was really funny, but Ruggles was the better movie because it had a lot more heart and genuine emotion to it.
-This movie features probably the most famous movie dog after Pal, the dog who played the original Lassie: the Wire Fox Terrier Skippy, who was most famous for being “Asta” in the Thin Man and it’s first two sequels. He was also in Bringing up Baby.
Somewhat disappointed with this one-not bad or anything, but not funny enough to be a great comedy in my opinion. Cary Grant’s charm and Dunne’s solid performance are the main reasons to watch, but I don’t have any strong interest in watching it ever again.