Alvah, a young GI who happens to own a vineyard, elopes to Las Vegas with Lee, his housekeeper's daughter. But Alvah's chicken pox postpone the wedding night. The rest revolves around more ...
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Alvah, a young GI who happens to own a vineyard, elopes to Las Vegas with Lee, his housekeeper's daughter. But Alvah's chicken pox postpone the wedding night. The rest revolves around more delays to the consummation, caused by Lee's manipulative Mama and the flock of mostly obnoxious relatives with whom she's filled the house. Written by
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The wartime comedy of frustration -- wherein a young couple is thwarted from consummating their marriage through a series of mishaps -- is carried to new lengths in this almost pathologically frustrating film. The comedy, unfortunately, is very thinly written, and depends largely on a huge cast of characters all having moved into young husband and soldier Tony Curtis's home while he is away, fighting in World War II. (Curious to note that this film was made about seven years after this subject might have been topical.) What really lets us down is that the couple has no backbone, constantly caving in to the whim of mother-in-law Spring Byington, who wants the marriage annulled so that bride Piper Laurie can marry rich Don DeFore. The worst of it is that our bride is truly under Mama's thumb for nine-tenths of the picture, and that we are so far ahead of her. Particularly galling, as well, is the child Donovan, who seems omnipresent and has no redeeming qualities (and is very noisy to boot). Curtis, fortunately, looks great (especially in a tight T-shirt) and does what he can with this woeful material. An hour and a half that feels like three.
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