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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Lightning Strikes for Dunne and Boyer

Author: evanston_dad from United States
14 October 2009

The DVD of this movie that I received from Netflix paired it with another Irene Dunne comedy vehicle, the 1936 release "Theodora Goes Wild," and I can see why. "Together Again" (a generic title, by the way, and one that doesn't even really make much sense), borrows many plot points from that earlier film and rearranges them just enough to prevent this film from being a straight remake.

Dunne plays the upstanding mayor of a provincial town who resists falling for an artist from the city (Charles Boyer) when she hires him to create a new statue for the town square. The statue happens to be of her late husband, the town's previous mayor, whose legacy Dunne has spent the years since his death trying to live up to. She becomes involved in a minor scandal while staying in the city, and tries to keep it from the town once she returns. But Boyer playfully uses it to blackmail her into accepting his advances. An additional storyline involving Dunne's daughter and her boyfriend adds some amusing complications to the situation.

This film is a little bit of nothing, but it's cute and entertaining. It doesn't make any sense; plot developments spring out of thin air, and characters turn on a dime. But Dunne and Boyer make a good pair, and it's easy to see why they collaborated frequently. They have a lot of chemistry, and I've never liked Boyer better than here where he gets to show his comedic charming side. Terrific character actor Charles Coburn plays Dunne's father-in-law, whose purpose in life is to get Dunne married again. Some of the film's funniest moments come from hearing the things he says about his own granddaughter, a neurotic teenager who drives him crazy.

There's a clever little weather motif running through the film that I liked very much and that ties the otherwise scattershot screenplay together rather nicely.

Grade: B

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Great nostalgic comedy

Author: Sheila_Beers from United States
10 December 2005

I saw this film a long time ago, and I wish it were on television more often. According to another reviewer, it is not yet available on DVD, and I wish it were.

The film stars Irene Dunne as the widow of a small town mayor, and she hires a famous sculptor, portrayed by Charles Boyer, to sculpt a statue of her late "sainted" husband. After some hesitation on the part of Dunne, a romance follows, along with family predicaments that complicate the plot and create the comedy in the film. Throughout the film the tango number, "I Get Ideas," adds to the romantic atmosphere as widow Dunne finds she can love again.

The ending contains an unexpected comedic happening, and the viewer is left to imagine the outcome of plot. This film is one I would recommend to anyone who likes romantic films and "chick" flicks.

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer

Author: drednm from United States
17 October 2006

Fun teaming of Dunne and Boyer in a nice little comedy with good performances by all.

Dunne plays a widow who is mayor of a small Vermont town. She goes off to New York City to interview a sculptor (Boyer) for a town project but gets involved in a nightclub raid after she is mistaken for the stripper. Back in Vermont Dunne tries to forget Boyer but he shows up and moves into her garage to sculpt.

Dunne is goaded into "life" again by her father-in-law (Charles Coburn) and dramatic teen step-daughter (Mona Freeman). This get funny when Freeman thinks Boyer has proposed to her. To get even Dunne traps gawky teen (Jerome Courtland) into proposing to her. The four spar back and forth with Coburn get more and more confused until things finally straighten out.

Good support from Elizabeth Patterson, Charles Dingle, Janis Carter, Adele Jergens, Carl Switzer, Nora Cecil, Nina Mae McKinney, and Hobart Cavanaugh. Shelley Winters has a bit part.

Dunne and Boyer had great chemistry and three made films together.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A little better the first time around

Author: slothropgr from United States
17 November 2009

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I was a bigger fan of "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" before I saw this little gem. "Bachelor's" Oscar should've been for Best Adapted Screenplay, not Best Original. Shows what a short memory Hollywood had even back then, since only 4 years separated the two. Item: Irene Dunne plays a single small town mayor (very well) while Myrna Loy in "Bachelor" plays a single judge. Item: Charles Boyer plays an astonishingly well dressed artist (sculptor) while Cary Grant also plays an astonishingly well dressed artist (painter). Item: both involve faux romances between the artist and a precocious willful girl much too young for him--Dunne's daughter in "Together", Loy's sister in "Bachelor." Both have meddlesome older relatives who push the reluctant lovers together--Chas. Coburn here, Ray Collins there. Dunne and Boyer don't have the chemistry here that they had in "Love Affair" (a huge hit 5 years before and the very circumstantial reason for the title, which has no relation ay-tall with the story) but they get along believably. Dunne gets put through some fairly humorous paces that play off well against her upright public image. It's almost as much a Hollywood satire on small town life (like its DVD-mate "Theodora Goes Wild" also with Dunne) as a romance, with less snickering at the narrow-minded rural bumpkins than most (including "Theodora").

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

charming comedy from the '40s

Author: blanche-2 from United States
10 June 2012

Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer are "Together Again" in this 1944 comedy, which also stars Charles Coburn, Mona Freeman, and Jerome Courtland.

Dunne plays Anne Crandall, widow of a small-town mayor. She has inherited his post and lives with her stepdaughter (Freeman) and her father-in-law (Coburn). Crandall Sr. (Coburn) wants Anne to get out and enjoy life, but Anne, in very un-'40s style, enjoys her career and life and doesn't need a man. One night, during a thunderstorm, lightning strikes the statue of her husband in the town square and knocks off his head. Anne is rushed to New York City to interview George Corday (Boyer), a sculptor to do a new statue. There's an instant attraction, which Anne pretends doesn't exist. After a series of misadventures, Anne decides she doesn't want Corday in her hometown, and leaves New York. He follows.

Dunne looks great and shows her wonderful comic style, and Boyer just drips with charm in this. Coburn does a good job as her irascible father-in-law. Jerome Courtland is Diana's (Freeman) boyfriend, and he does a nice comic turn. A very young Freeman turns in a good performance as Diana.

I read some negative reviews here. I found this to be a delightful comedy, thanks in large part to both Dunne and Boyer, with good support from Coburn. Is it The Philadelphia Story? No, but it's very enjoyable. And those hats! Killers.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Worth watching, especially for Charles Coburn

Author: vincentlynch-moonoi from United States
13 April 2012

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I almost gave up on this film after the first 15, talk, talk...too much dialog that was not that interesting. I'm glad I stuck with it, because it developed into a pretty decent comedy.

It's sort of "The Bachelor And The Bobby Soxer" X 2, although that is not the main gist of the movie...which is widowed town mayor (Irene Dunne) falling in love with suave sculptor (Charles Boyer), which simply won't work in that small town...or will it.

Dunne is quite good with comedy, and demonstrates that here. Boyer does nicely, fact considering that I am not a fan of his, I rather enjoyed him here. The real hoot of the picture is that scene stealer -- Charles Coburn! The other actors do their jobs, and this is quite a watchable film after the first little bit. While not one of Dunne's best films, it is worth least once...though it may not end up on your DVD shelf.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Smiles, not laughter, are delivered in this comic love affair.

Author: mark.waltz from United States
11 March 2013

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A comedy that seems out of place during World War II, this deals with a small town mayor (Irene Dunne) going to New York to interview a sculptor (Charles Boyer) about erecting a statue to her late husband to replace another one that for some reason was decapitated. Scandal finds her instead when he takes her to a notorious strip club that gets raided. He follows her back which gives her political rival (Charles Dingle) some ammunition to boot her out of office.

Dunne and Boyer's third pairing is their only comedy and not a great one. It's sweet and pleasant, pleasantly acted, but lacking in energy. The delightful Charles Coburn once again steals every moment he is on screen as her old rascal of a father-in-law, anxious to see her re-married, presumably so his granddaughter by his son's first wife will stop pestering him. Coburn gets the kind of material that made him so amusing in the Jean Arthur films "The Devil and Miss Jones", "The More the Merrier" and "The Impatient Years".

The stars do share chemistry, but when the story begins to get a bit serious, the interest comes to a grinding halt.

Dunne is still able to perform a pratfall or two, looks lovely in a scene where she strips down to her negligee, and sings "I Get Ideas" in French charmingly. But when all is said and done, this is simply another variation of "Theodora Goes Wild" without the small-town parody present and as a result not nearly as funny.

The love-starved stepdaughter briefly bogs the plot down with juvenile foolishness. When you've got professionals like Dunne, Boyer and Coburn, you really don't need anything else.

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

See Irene Dunne wear a hat made by Satan.

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
14 January 2011

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Yes, I know it was hyperbole saying that Satan made her hat, but I kept thinking only someone very evil could create such an ugly and god-awful hat. Yet, oddly, she bought it to make herself more attractive. This was a miserable failure! As for the film, Irene Dunne plays a very emotionally constricted widow who is the mayor of a small town. Since her husband's death, her life has been her job and her father-in-law (the wonderful Charles Coburn) wants her to live a little--date and have some fun. But she is a seemingly hopeless case and carries her husband's memory around like an albatross around her neck. By chance, she has a meeting with an artist (Charles Boyer). Boyer is a French romantic and she is obviously bothered by him. Very crazy things ensue and the ultimate result is pretty predictable but fun. Not a great film but a fun one.

While the film was silly and enjoyable, one problem with it was the annoying character played by Mona Freeman. She was one-dimensional and impossible to believe as a real human being and the first 10 minutes she was in were the worst. Fortunately, she was just a supporting character--and a badly written one. But, on the other hand, Charles Coburn played a most delightful character--full of wonderful quips and easy to love. He made a career out of playing sweet manipulative guys like this (such as in his Oscar-winning performance in "The More The Merrier") as well as gruff old goats. I make it a point to see him in everything and I am never disappointed! He managed to breath some life into this otherwise ordinary film.

By the way, in the elevator scene, look at the elevator operator. That's Alfalfa Switzer--of the Li'l Rascals fame. Also by the way, if the plot from this movie seems familiar, it was later re-worked on an episode of "I Love Lucy"!

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13 out of 28 people found the following review useful:

Even Dunne couldn't rescue this material

Author: HeathCliff-2 from United States
7 August 2009

Even one of the most gifted and effervescent comediennes of Hollywood's golden era can't rescue the weak, silly (and sexist) script. Yet again Hollywood of the 1940s insists that a successful woman isn't complete, and can't be happy, unless she has a man - and invariably the plot is going to demand that she give up her career, because a relationship with a man is the only thing that matters. It's a premise that becomes increasingly hard to swallow as we get further and further away from the 1940s and 1950s. Charles Boyer plays the bohemian sculptor (who dresses like Saville Row) who she enlists to duplicate a statue of her husband, with graces the small town where she is Mayor, having succeeded her husband, who died. Charles Coburn is reliable comedic support, as her father-in-law, who relentlessly insists that her first womanly duty is to loosen up - in later years they'd say that she should get laid - and go for the man. There's a subplot about her precocious teen daughter, who falls for Boyer, and the daughter's lanky boyfriend, who then falls for Dunne. It's a duplicate set-up of an I Love Lucy episode a few years later. The film is forced, far-fetched, silly, basically unfunny. The stars struggle to bring a levity and wit that are simply missing from the dialogue, situations or premise. Dunne is so fetching, physically lovely, at the height of her beauty, and could deliver a line, arch an eyebrow, tilt her head, laugh, and make every man just fall in love with her, me included. She transcends an inferior script, not exactly enough to make the movie enjoyable, since it's mindlessly silly and predictable, and beneath the talents of the principal cast, but she is simply captivating. Charles Vidor also manages to inject some sparkle with his deft touch, to a sparkle-less script.

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5 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Boring side of average

Author: Alex da Silva from United Kingdom
7 March 2010

Anne (Irene Dunne) lives with her father Jonathan (Charles Coburn) and her step-daughter Diana (Mona Freeman). She commissions a sculptor George (Charles Boyer) to work on a statue of her late husband. He moves into her garage to complete the work and romance is in the air. But for who.....?

The film is a comedy/romance that is never funny. Charles Coburn provides most of the funny moments but there are far more irritating sequences, namely, whenever Mona Freeman or her boyfriend Gilbert (Jerome Courtland) are on screen. She needs a clout round the head and he plays a simpleton who annoyingly repeats "Goodnight" as his cool talk. This couple are a complete mis-match - she is intelligent and lively while he is slow and moronic - however, they are both very irritating so there is a common trait there. Irene Dunne pulls a few funny expressions but it's not enough to make this film good. It's just boring.........and Charles Boyer looks like a pudding.

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