Critic's Choice (1963)

Critic's Choice (1963)





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Ira Levin wrote the stage comedy Critic's Choice as a good-natured retort to a comment made by critic Walter Kerr. In his essay How Not to Write a Play, Kerr noted that the worst possible scenario would involve a drama critic forced to review a play written by his wife (we should mention that Kerr's own wife was noted playwright Jean Kerr). Levin utilized this very scenario, and the result was a Broadway hit. Less successful artistically was the 1962 film version, though with Bob Hope and Lucille Ball as stars, the film couldn't help but clean up at the box office. Hope portrays theatrical critic Parker Ballantine, while Lucille Ball plays his wife Angela. Feeling "useless," Angela writes a play as a lark, then is amazed when it is optioned by a major producer. Parker does his best to get out of the responsibility of reviewing the play (which very well may be as bad as he thinks it is), but cannot escape the responsibility. Much of the verbal wit of the Levin original is sacrificed in favor of one-line quips; there is also an overabundance of gratuitous slapstick during a little-league game and the climactic "opening night" sequence. Still, Hope and Ball work together well as always.
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Bob Hope
as Parker Ballantine
Lucille Ball
as Angela Ballantine
Rip Torn
as Dion Kapakos
Marilyn Maxwell
as Ivy London
Jesse Royce Landis
as Charlotte Orr
Jessie Royce Landis
as Charlotte Orr
John Dehner
as S.P. Champlain
Jim Backus
as Dr. von Hagedom
Ricky Kelman
as John Ballantine
Dorothy Green
as Mrs. Champlain
Marie Windsor
as Sally Orr
Evan McCord
as Phil Yardley
Richard Deacon
as Harvey Rittenhouse
Joan Shawlee
as Marge Orr
Jerome Cowan
as Joe Rosenfield
Donald Losby
as Geoffrey
Lurene Tuttle
as Mother
Emestine Wade
as Thelma
Stanley Adams
as Bartender
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***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

The story is unoriginal, but it has a good cast, and it has some funny moments. Overall it's just okay.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

I didn't really care for this. I probably wouldn't watch again.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

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