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Edward Everett Horton
I've seen this a few times and always wondered who that wonderful girl was... So That's Betsy Drake! What a doll: I wonder if her real-life "aquisition" of Archibald Leech (Aka Cary Grant) followed the same lines as Annabel Sims from this film? Nevertheless, I found her Highly Refreshing, that is the best word for her in this film, she is like a long cool drink of water on a hot day.
Although the circumstances in this film are highly unlikely (And unbelievable) they are also highly humorous... And Drake's interaction with Grant is almost the same level of high-comedy as Hepburn and Grant in "Bringing Up Baby" This is a fast-paced true wit-based comedy, not the Lucille Ball/Laverne and Shirley brand of "Scratching your Fingernails against a Blackboard" type, which depends of a series of unfortunate incidents (Just like Laurel and Hardy- Only they did it much better) - This is comedy that shows cleverness. As a matter of fact, it is that cleverness that awards Drake her prize at the end of the film.
This film includes great performances by Alan Mowbray and a very young looking Diana Lynne, and Franchot Tone as the "threat" to Cary Grant- Which we know is not even a treat.
When you think about it, this film is a 1940's retelling of Cinderella- Without the soot.
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