Ad-agency president Dan Edwards who, when he goes to Mexico to celebrate his nineteenth wedding anniversary, winds up getting divorced by mistake - whereupon his wife Valerie marries his ... See full summary »
At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to ... See full summary »
Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master ... See full summary »
When Mike Hagen and Marilla Brown marry after a whirlwind romance on the west coast, they return to New York to find that they don't have much in common. She is a clothing designer who lives in a swanky apartment and whose friends are actors, artists and the like. He is a sports writer who likes to go boxing matches and horse races. They clearly love one another and make every effort to be flexible. When a mobster, whom Mike has been accusing of fixing sports events, decides to go after him he must pretend to be out of town and mayhem ensues. Written by
Helen Rose, MGM's Oscar-winning fashion guru, suggested the idea for
this bit of fluff and the original casting was supposed to have been:
Grace Kelly (eventually, Lauren Bacall), James Stewart (then, Gregory
Peck), and Cyd Charisse (finally, Dolores Gray). George Wells won an
Academy Award for his witty script and the production values were about
the best that MGM could muster. Bacall gives a sly and glamorous
performance, probably a little difficult for her since her husband,
Humphrey Bogart's health was becoming a very serious concern while this
film was in production. (Humphrey Bogart died in January of 1957.) Peck
matches Bacall with a humorously masculine presence that was right-on.
Dolores Gray tosses off a couple of jazzy production numbers (with the
emphasis on her singing...presumably Cyd would have unfurled those
legendary legs and would have been dubbed had singing been required.)
And Mickey Shaughnessy provides a bit of cruder comic counterpoint as a
punch-drunk boxer ("I'm makin' a comeback!") Minnelli, as usual, uses
Metrocolor and CinemaScope to creative effect and Andre Previn
contributed a main title theme that's instantly memorable.
The DVD now available restores the widescreen ratio and there's a
curious "Behind-the-Scenes Minidocumentary" featuring costume designer
Helen Rose, shot in black-and-white, in which she seems to be
responding to questions posed to her by an unseen person whose
questions were not actually recorded on the soundtrack! Wonder why they
didn't fix that omission for its inclusion on the DVD version. Anyway,
it's fun and worth a look.
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