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This film was Peter Bogdanovich's homage to musical comedies of the 1930s. A millionaire named Michael Oliver Pritchard III and a singer named Kitty O'Kelly meet and fall in love. Meanwhile, an indigent woman named Brooke Carter and an Italian gambler named Johnny Spanish meet and fall in love. All four people meet each other and become friends (actually, Kitty and Brooke had been friends since high-school), and soon, Brooke's crude, fun-loving maid Elizabeth falls in love with Michael's valet Rodney James. Later on, Michael and Brooke fall in love, and Kitty and Johnny decide to follow them around. In order to make Brooke and Michael jealous, they try to look like they are falling in love as well. Eventually, Michael and Johnny get into a fight but then immediately make up. Soon, Brooke and Kitty make up. The two couples pair off successfully and they live happily ever after. Written by
The versions of the film that have played on cable for decades are not the version that was released to theaters in 1975. Peter Bogdanovich re-edited the film after its disastrous first run. The new version ran three minutes shorter and was called the "TV version." Another version, which was streamed on Netflix, was an unofficial version of the film, designed to closely match the test screening edited by Bogdanovich before 20th Century Fox forced him to re-cut it. Bogdanovich claims that he did not authorize the Netflix version, and was unaware of the cut's existence until over three decades after the film's release. He later learned that it was assembled by an archivist at Fox, a huge Cole Porter fan who followed the making of the film. See more »
The Camera begins on a silver music box on which rest base-reliefs of the 4 principals, they dance to a song and then the camera pans around Kitty Kelly's sumptuous black-and white art deco penthouse. See more »
You don't go into a movie like "At Long Last Love" for the singing talent of the cast; this group couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, so the kids say.
This is a movie that is more in the vein of "What's Up, Doc?", where everything is a setup for a gag and nothing is taken seriously. At times, I think it would have been best to pay the extra money and get Streisand as the love interest.
But no, we're stuck with a tuneless Shepherd who sings (sings?) her love to a tone-deaf Reynolds while Kahn and Del Prete (who?) croak to one another, all to the desecrated tunes of Cole Porter.
I'm sure that Porter was not only turning in his grave, he was doing jack knifes, somersalts and half gainers. Peter, using the music is fine, but shouldn't you have gotten some actors who can actually, I don't know, SING???
The movie looks good, the sets are grand, the comedy pieces stand out, and Hillerman and Brennan make good impressions as Reynolds' and Shepherd's respective servants/best friends. As for the rest, who could have went into this thinking it was a good idea? Anyone? Besides Bogdanovich?
Some day, they'll take the musical numbers out of this movie, re-edit it back together and this will become a landmark comedy and a new success for Bogdanovich, but until they can get the money together for that....
Three stars. Mostly for the comedy bits and for the fact that Kahn is the closest to a singer this movie has. If that gives you some idea....
When this movie ends, you'll be singing, "At Long Last OVER!".
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