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Come Spy with Me (1967)
It's just Andrea!
Well, there's only one reason (two, if you want to be funny) to see this movie and that's Andrea Dromm. She became a "star" because of a commercial and she made this, the first Star Trek pilot and THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING. This movie is the least of her works. It's been more than forty years since I saw this in a theater and I don't remember anything of the plot. I'm reasonably sure that Andrea spends a lot of time in a bikini. If that's not reason to watch, I don't know what is. At the end, the guy want to become a spy, too. If you met a spy like her, you'd join up immediately. From what I do remember, the movie was pretty silly.
But there's always Andrea!
It Happened One Christmas (1977)
Should not have been made
This is one of the most unnecessary remakes of all time. It is nothing but an ego trip by Marlo Thomas and should not have been made.
The biggest flaw was that since MARLO was producing this, her character was spotlighted so much that we got a lot less of the supporting characters like Bert & Ernie. Thus, we cared less about them.
Orson Welles is just sleepwalking through his part as Potter. He's not a patch on Lionel Barrymore.
I watched this when it first premiered and was already a fan of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. I was appalled that the original scriptwriters received no credit despite the fact that large parts of their dialog was used. This was because the movie had gone into the Public Domain at that point. The only credit was for the original story by Philip Van Doren Stern. I've read it and it can't be used as the source for the stolen dialog in this movie.
I think film classes should be shown both versions as an example of how to make such a movie and how NOT to.
I'm glad it's not available on legitimate VHS or DVD.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
One of the funniest films ever!
This is one of the best screwball comedies ever.Cary Grant's over the top performance just makes it more-so. One odd mistake (and this is not really a spoiler as this is how the film opens. We are told it's Halloween and then shown a baseball game playing in Brooklyn. In those days, the baseball season was well over by then.
But that's is only a little baseball geek stuff. The cast is all superb. We even get James Gleason & Edward Everett Horton towards the end. Charles Lane plays a nosy reporter in a brief bit. And isn't Pricilla Lane a honey! The only regret is that they could not get Boris Karloff to play Jonathan but he was under contract to the Broadway version and it was still playing!