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Over 21 (1945)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 8 August 1945 (USA)
A woman screenwriter lives in a shabby bungalow in order to be near her husband, a 39-year-old newspaper editor who has just joined the army.

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Charles Vidor

Writers:

Sidney Buchman (screenplay), Ruth Gordon (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Irene Dunne ... Paula 'Polly' Wharton
Alexander Knox ... Max W. Wharton
Charles Coburn ... Robert Drexel Gow
Jeff Donnell ... Jan Lupton
Loren Tindall ... Lt. Roy Lupton
Lee Patrick ... Mrs. Foley
Phil Brown ... Frank MacDougal
Cora Witherspoon ... Mrs. Gates
Charles Evans ... Colonel Foley
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Max Wharton, 39, is the editor of the New York Bulletin -- or he was, until he announces that he's quitting to join the army. Robert Gow, who owns the paper, is furious. But Wharton wants more than anything to be close to the war. And his wife, Polly, wants to be close to him. And so she finishes up her latest movie script, and follows her husband to live near the barracks. She lives in a bungalow with no shower, lights that you have to turn on and off from the outside, a refrigerator that makes a hideous noise when she's lucky (that means it's working), moths and other niceties. Meanwhile, Max, studying hard for his exams, is starting to believe the saw that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Written by J. Spurlin

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Three delightful players in a comedy modern. fast-paced and hilarious...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1945 (USA) See more »

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Locamente enamorada See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ruth Gordon got the inspiration for her play when her husband Garson Kanin joined the army and she joined up with him. See more »

Goofs

Polly has arrived at the officers training camp bungalow living quarters. She pushes several of her suitcases forward along the sidewalk with her foot. She passes a toddler on a tricycle and says to him, "I wish you were a little older." The toddler mouths a reply or says something, but no sound is heard. See more »

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[first lines]
Robert Drexel Gow: My editor! My paper! And this is how he tells me!
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Radiant Irene Dunne carries conviction as wartime wife...
20 December 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

While hubby Alexander KNOX is undergoing the rigors of officer training at an army base, IRENE DUNNE must contend humorously with several hardships of her own, including a floorboard that has to be stamped upon in order to open a window, light switches in inconvenient places, a refrigerator caked with ice, and a lack of cooking skill that means she has to call upon her willing female neighbors when her husband brings a buddy over for dinner. In addition, she has a newspaper editor (CHARLES COBURN) hounding her husband to write another article from the newspaper he walked out on--a chore which Dunne takes upon herself to do so hubby won't be distracted from his work.

Based on Ruth Gordon's own experiences as an army wife (married to writer/director Garson Kanin), it serves as a delightful role for IRENE DUNNE, who lights up the screen with her presence and has never been more attractively photographed.

But the material itself is a bit uneven, deadly serious one moment and then straying into the field of screwball comedy at other times.

Another drawback is the performance of Alexander KNOX as the overage hubby, not the world's most charismatic actor. It's the kind of role that should have been played by either EDDIE ALBERT or a bigger star like CARY GRANT.

JEFF DONNELL is amusing as a devoted soldier's wife and CHARLES EVANS and LEE PATRICK do nicely in supporting roles. But it's almost a two character story with the spotlight on Dunne and Knox running occasional interference from crusty CHARLES COBURN, and most of it takes place in their cramped living quarters which must have kept the film at a very low budget.

Summing up: An essential Irene Dunne film for her fans.


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