An unsophisticated stationmaster from provincial New Mexico fraudulently claims that he is dying in order to get an expense-paid dream tour of New York.An unsophisticated stationmaster from provincial New Mexico fraudulently claims that he is dying in order to get an expense-paid dream tour of New York.An unsophisticated stationmaster from provincial New Mexico fraudulently claims that he is dying in order to get an expense-paid dream tour of New York.
This laugh-a-minute comedy was a successful film , packing hilarious scenes , amusement , entertainment and nice interpretations . Jerry Lewis ,and Dean Martin recital going on , this is one of the better offerings , as this ¨Living it up¨ contains lots of fun and entertainment . The plot is plain and simple but very amusing , a doctor wrongly diagnoses patient telling him that he has radiation poisoning, but later finding out he isn't poisoned . New York reporter Janet Leigh learning about this and brings Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin to New York as a publicity stunt . Here Jerry Lewis gives a very likeable acting in his usual style as the man who meets a reporter looking for a story, and subsequently he falls in love with the journalist . Dean Martin is equally excellent as his colleague, and , of course , singing some songs . Janet Leigh is very beautiful as a reporter for the New York Chronicle convinces her editor to let her do a series of articles on a young man who is believed to be dying as a result of radioactive poisoning . In fact , Janet Leigh told that this was one of her favorites of the films she made . This fabulous main cast is well accompanied by a pretty good support cast , such as :Edward Arnold as The Mayor, Fred Clark as the editor , Sheree North , Richard Loo , among others . It is a remake to classy film ¨Nothing Sacred¨ that has become a screwball comedy classic which was competently directed by William Wellman with Carole Lombard & Fredric March , Charles Winninger , ,Walter Connolly ,Ann Doran , Hedda Hopper , Billy Barty ,Monty Whooley , Margaret Hamilton and Sig Ruman played "Dr. Egelhofer" in both the 1937 and 1954 pictures . It was based on the 1953 Broadway musical Hazel Flagg , which was equally based on the 1937 David O. Selznick-United Artists film Nothing Sacred . Nothing Sacred , in turn, was suggested by the short story "Letter to the Editor" by James H. Street. Nothing Sacred , which was directed by William Wellman, was written by Ben Hecht, who also wrote the book for Hazel Flagg and receives onscreen credit for Living It Up .
It packs an adequate cinematography in overblown colour by Daniel L. Fapp , prints were struck in aglimmer and expensive Techcolor process .Taurog discarded this and re-shot the film in Technicolor, which worked particularly well with art directors Albert Nozaki and Hal Pereira. It delivers an attractive and atmospheric musical score by Walter Scharf . This motion picture , being a big spectacle , well produced by United Artists , and compellingly directed by Norman Taurog . His first big hit was was Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934), starring the noted stage actress Pauline Lord, comedienne Zasu Pitts and the irrepressible, idiosyncratic W.C. Fields. On loan to David O. Selznick, he also did justice to Mark Twain by creating just the right atmosphere for Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), eliciting a strong performance from Jackie Moran in the role of Huck Finn. After a stint with Fox (1936-37), Taurog then had his best (and longest) spell with MGM (1938-51). His A-grade assignments for the studio included the iconic Boy Town (1938), the exuberant Broadway 1940 (1940) and the thoroughly entertaining Judy Garland musical Presenting Lily Mars (1943), based on a best-selling novel by Booth Tarkington. In 1952, he returned to Paramount, where he was utilised on the strength of his proven ability to make films economically and on time. Taurog made the most out of the feather-light scripts he was handed for a string of comedies with Dean Martin and/or Jerry Lewis. He was also a favorite of Elvis Presley, directing in total nine of his films.As the law of diminishing returns applied, Taurog retired in 1968. He later taught at the University of California School of Cinema and remained a board member of the Director's Guild.
- Apr 28, 2020