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Susan Lane is a gifted psychiatrist, grounded in self-control. Before returning by train to her practice in Chicago, she spends time back East with war veterans, building their self-esteem, but frowning on the impulsive, as represented by a favorite comic strip called "The Nixie." She bumps into Michael Kent, an officer and the comic strip's author. He likes her instantly and she dislikes him. He's headed to the Pacific, sees her on the train, gets off in Chicago, and with her father's help, pursues her and hatches a plan to marry her. Meanwhile, she has her own plan to get rid of him with the help of a blond patient. Will the Nixie get into her psyche? Written by
Arthur Q. Bryan is enough reason to see, and hear, this film!
Lee Bowman plays a cartoonist who is going off to fight in the Pacific and Rosalind Russell a psychiatrist. Russell's problem is a common one in the 1940s in films--a woman competes in a man's world and as a result is rather sexless and sublimates this in her job!! It's very chauvinistic and doesn't play especially well today, but that's the way it is, folks! Eventually, through MANY contrivances the two end up together and eventually are destined to fall in love. Whatever--it's not like this sort of thing comes as any surprise!
Arthur Q. Bryan is a name very, very few people would recognize. He was the voice for Elmer Fudd up through most of the 1950s. Yet, aside from his voice talents, he didn't appear in all that many films. So here is a very rare chance to actually see what he looked like--and it was a LOT like his cartoon alter-ego. However, you really don't have to look for him in his bit role--as he talks EXACTLY like Fudd! It's sort of surreal seeing this pudgy balding man talking with such a strange yet familiar voice--and it's reason enough to see this Rosalind Russell-Lee Bowman comedy!! And, as an added bonus, you get to see a brief appearance of Alfalfa Switzer in one of his few adult roles (towards the very end of the movie).
Sadly, aside from the novelty of seeing these odd supporting characters, there isn't a whole lot more reason to see the film. Although it is a screwball comedy starring Rosalind Russell (who was magnificent in "His Girl Friday"), here she is just blah...because the story is so incredibly blah.
The story suffers from one major problem and lots of little ones--all because the writing is so incredibly bad. The major problem is that the film isn't funny--a pretty bad problem for a comedy! The minor problems include how contrived the plot is at times, the lack of chemistry between the leads (much of it due to writing--Lee Bowman and Rosalind Russell COULD have been good together) and the film just tries way, way too hard to make you laugh. This is because it didn't really trust the characters to develop naturally--it all came off as goofy and forced. All in all, it's not a terrible film but with good support and lead actors, it SHOULD have been a zillion times better.
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