Henri Rochard is a French captain assigned to work with Lt. Catherine Gates. Through a wacky series of misadventures, they fall in love and marry. When the war ends, Rochard tries to return... See full summary »
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Sexy, wisecracking nightclub singer Sugarpuss O'Shea is a hot tomato who needs to be kept on ice: mobster boyfriend Joe Lilac is suspected of murder and Sugarpuss' testimony could put him away. Naive Professor Bertram Potts meets Miss O'Shea while researching an article on slang and in true romantic comedy fashion the two worlds collide. When Miss O'Shea hides out with Potts and his fellow professors, everyone learns something new: the professors how to cha-cha and Potts the meaning of "yum-yum"! Written by
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 1, 1942 with Barbara Stanwyck reprising her film role. See more »
Joe wants to marry Sugarpuss, who knows enough to get him convicted of murder, because "a wife can't testify against her husband." In fact, the law prohibits forcing a wife to testify against her husband--ie, threatening her with prison, as can be done with other recalcitrant witnesses. A wife can indeed testify against her husband if she does it of her own free will. Further, Joe tries to force Sugarpuss into marriage with threats. A marriage performed under duress has no validity in law. See more »
Professor Bertram Potts:
Before we attempt to get back to work, I'd like to say a few words. You've been very kind and very tactful. If I may say so, over-tactful. The entire ride home in the car you avoided a certain subject to make empty conversation. Now let's have it out. I made an ass of myself and I know it.
Oh, well, we all have, Potts.
Professor Bertram Potts:
Yes, but I was the lead donkey.
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.....ONCE AGAIN, THE ORIGINAL RULES... ..... ...... THE RE-MAKE DOESN'T DO IT
A silly farce of a story that works. The elderly academians are stereotypically perfect. Gary Cooper does his "aww, shucks", naive, signature performance in a worthy role. Barbara Stanwyck is (always) "one hot mama". Great chemistry between the street smart Stanwyck character and the shy, bashful Cooper.
A later version with Danny Kaye falls flat. Instead of slang, they are researching music. Great musical cameo's, but the four star (rated 10) version is the original. I always thought Kaye's brand of humor more suited to children.
The original is funny and cute, the re-make seems like leftover pieces squeezed together to fit a pre-established mold. It lacks charm, stick with the real thing...THIS ONE!!!
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