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That Wonderful Urge (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 December 1948 (USA)
When an heiress finds out that the friendly young man she's met at Sun Valley is really an investigative reporter, she ruins his career by falsely claiming they're married.

Director:

Robert B. Sinclair

Writers:

Jay Dratler (screenplay), William R. Lipman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Thomas Jefferson Tyler
Gene Tierney ... Sara Farley
Reginald Gardiner ... Count André de Guyon
Arleen Whelan ... Jessica Woods
Lucile Watson ... Anut Cornelia Farley
Gene Lockhart ... Judge Parker
Lloyd Gough ... Duffy - Chronicle Editor
Porter Hall ... Attorney Ketchell
Richard Gaines ... Whitson - Farley's Executive
Taylor Holmes ... Attorney Rice
Chill Wills ... Homer Beggs - Justice of the Peace - Monroe Township
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Storyline

An investigative reporter uses a ruse to meet Sara Farley, a grocery-store heiress he's been writing unflattering things about. He gets her to start talking about herself and finds her down-to-earth and engaging. Before he can publish an honest and admiring story, she finds out who he is, assumes he's going to write more lies, and sets out to undercut him by announcing to the press that the two of them are married. In trying to get the truth out, he loses his job, the two of them spend time in jail, and the stakes escalate. Finally, he sues her for libel, and a court tries to set things right. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Obey That Impluse!!!!!

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das gewisse Etwas See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 21, 1949 with Gene Tierney reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Sara Farley: Don't tell me beneath that rude exterior lurks the soul of a gentleman?
Thomas Jefferson Tyler: That's not all that lurks there.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits shown against a background of newspapers. See more »

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Remake of Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

It Happened in Sun Valley
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Music by Harry Warren
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A disappointing remake
10 January 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an odd film--not because it is a remake but because both the original (LOVE IS NEWS) and the remake star Tyrone Power. It's rare to see a star do this, as the studios often remade films but hardly ever used the same actors. In addition, both films are bundled together on one DVD so you can compare them. After seeing both, I would definitely recommend you see LOVE IS NEWS, as it's superior in every way.

The film is about newspaper man (Power) harassing a rich heiress (Gene Tierney) in order to make headlines. It really didn't seem to matter if his articles were true and when Gene finds out that Tyrone is NOT the man he claims to be but a reporter, she is furious. However, instead of blowing her top, she decides to give him a taste of her own medicine by announcing to all the newspapers that she and Power are married--as she knows that the papers will now make Power's life miserable as well. Oddly, in the original film, the heiress announces they are engaged--here she claims they are married--though this hardly improves the quality of the film (though it does provide a bit of sexual innuendo the original didn't have).

The acting is decent enough, though I really think Loretta Young did a better job in the original--probably because she seemed to have a better gift for comedy. Also, while Tyrone tries, he just doesn't seem to have quite the charm he did in the original. Part of this is naturally because it's a remake and part of this is because the supporting characters weren't nearly as strong. In particular, the Justice of the Peace was a big weak point here, as instead of coming off as comical, he's a sadist and pretty much ignores the law--surefire comedy killers! My advice is see the original. Then, if you insist, see the remake. BUT, don't see the remake first--it just doesn't stack up well and might convince you not to bother with the first film and that would be a big mistake.


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