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Preston Sturges had always been a perfectionist, expecting every line to be letter perfect. But with the tension brought on by directing all day, writing all night, arguing with the studio over The Great Moment (1944), overseeing the release of The Palm Beach Story (1942) and running a restaurant he owned, his temper would occasionally flare up. He would often explode at the tiniest mistake, bringing both Diana Lynn and Betty Hutton to tears several times. It soon became obvious that the film would go over schedule and budget and Sturges found it more and more difficult to direct his cast effectively. See more »
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Frantic farce is given the full Sturges treatment...
This is an amusing farce guaranteed to bring some good hearted laughter as it recounts the story of a small town girl's indiscretion that has to be covered up with a series of lies. Betty Hutton is terrific as the partyloving gal who can't remember the man she married during a drunken joyride. Eddie Bracken as her nerdy but loyal boyfriend has the kind of role he was born to play--as does William Demarest as her outraged father who always has his shotgun ready and complains about having two rambunctious daughters. Diana Lynn shines as Betty's younger sister. Her scenes with William Demarest are among the funniest in the entire film--even though her 14 year-old seems a bit too sensible at such a tender age.
All of the main cast are perfect. Demarest never had a funnier role in his life. His pratfalls are performed as naturally as the great silent comics.
The technique of long takes with lots of dialogue going on must have been very demanding for Hutton and Bracken--but they handle it brilliantly. Many of their scenes are done in one long take and it's amazing how much material and physical comedy they had to memorize for such extended takes.
Some of the storyline seems a bit dated by today's standards but on the whole the film holds up well in the laugh department. I liked it much better than HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO with Bracken in a similar role.
Preston Sturges deserved his nomination for Best Original Screenplay but lost the award to Lamar Trotti for WILSON. Sturges was also nominated the same year for HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO.
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