Anne Crandall is the mayor of a small town in Vermont. Her deceased husband had been the mayor for years and when he died, she was left to carry on and to raise his daughter from his first marriage. She lives with the daughter, her father-in-law and a housekeeper. In the town square, there was a statue of her late husband and every year since his death, they have an anniversary celebration there. This year during a thunderstorm, the statue is hit by lightning and the head falls off. The daughter insists that a new statue be erected instead of patching the old one. Mayor Crandall is sent to New York to interview the prospective sculptor, George Corday. While there, she gets involved in a nightclub raid and goes to jail after she is mistaken for the club's stripper. Back at home, she tries to keep the scandal quiet and to forget Corday but he shows up and moves into her garage to work on the statue. Corday playfully uses the scandal to blackmail her into accepting his advances. Ann ...Written by
'Together Again' had a good deal going for it. An interesting premise. Direction by Charles Vidor, who was a reliable director. And two talented leads in Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer, am more familiar and have a preference for Dunne in general but it will always be hard to forget Boyer's performance in 'Gaslight'. Also like romantic comedy when it is done well, and there are numerous times where it has been (as well as badly).
For me, there are far better romantic comedies out there (old and new) than 'Together Again' and it doesn't completely succeed. As well as far worse, this is one of the bang in-between ones. Also think it could have done more with its potential. There is quite a lot to enjoy though, 'Together Again' is quite a fun inoffensive film as long as one doesn't expect a massive amount from it but it is easy to see where people less enamoured by and more critical of it are coming from.
Its weak point is the story, which even when trying to not take it too seriously is easy to criticise. It is very over-familiar and far-fetched with motivations and situations being appearing without much warning and not really explored properly and with some of the film not ringing true all that much. Also think that it would have benefitted from not trying to include as much as it did, on top of being very worthy it did feel like 'Together Again' tried to do more than it needed to.
So it did in parts feel pretty choppy which affected the amount of depth there was, which was not enough. The characters are well played on the most part and one doesn't detest them, but for my tastes they read too much like underdeveloped stereotypes. Do agree that Mona Freeman is very annoying in her role and that the first fifteen minutes are too talky and rambles on too much.
But stick with it and don't give up because 'Together Again" does generally become much more entertaining. It is very nicely shot and designed and Vidor directs more than competently, he is at ease with the material and seems engaged with it. The script has a fair share of witty moments, the best which is primarily in the chemistry between Dunne and Boyer gleaming in sparkle. Its more romantic parts have genuine charm without being over-sentimental.
While the story is heavily flawed, it is also cute and entertaining, carried by the gleaming chemistry between the two leads. Who are both very strong and engaging with material that serves them quite well. Ever reliable Charles Coburn is the standout of the rest of the cast.
On the whole, could have been a lot better but not a bad time passer. 6/10
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