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When a crafty reporter uses false pretenses to get a story out of heiress Tony Gateson, she turns the tables on him, telling the press that she's engaged to him and that she's given him a million dollar dowry. Suddenly he's on the front page and every salesman is at his doorstep. He loses his job and a day later asks her to call off the ruse; she tricks him again and the publicity continues. She stays cheerful and resourceful through a series of misadventures that has him alternately back on his job and fired. Meanwhile, a count who's her ex-fiancé shows up in New York, and maybe that marriage is back on. Can an heiress be a human being, and can a reporter get a scoop? Written by
[to Martin Canavan as both are laughing]
Remember the last time you tore up my contract and gave me a new one?
Remember what I told you to do with it?
[laughing even louder]
Well, if you're not too tired, do it again!
[they both continue to laugh hysterically]
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Toni Gateson is an heiress with an edge. She flies into town and is hoodwinked by reporter Steve Leyton, who gets an exclusive interview under false pretenses. "OK, you got me", right? No,no. She proceeds to make his life miserable with a series of humiliations, and he responds in kind. Sound funny?
Things get far afield. He gets her arrested, and she does the same. As a millionairess, she has breakfast served at her cell and when she is bailed out, she bails him out. He refuses. Soon, he loses his job, is rehired, fired, rehired, etc. to further the comedy. If this all sounds funny, you might like "Judgment At Nuremberg", which is even funnier.
If done right, screwball comedy is very funny. For instance, take "The Awful Truth" - now that was funny. This picture tried too hard and was the visual equivalent of fingernails dragged down a blackboard. Tyrone Power and Loretta Young were very attractive and gave it their best, to no avail. Don Ameche was reduced to shouting his lines and slamming down phones as the beleaguered editor in a one-dimensional role which did him no credit. Humorous moments in "Love Is News" were too fleeting for a higher rating.
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