Gaily, Gaily

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After runaway Ben Young (Beau Bridges) is robbed and left on his own, he is taken in by Lil (Melina Mercouri), the head of a Chicago brothel. Acting as a surrogate mother for Ben, who thinks she runs a boardinghouse, Lil gets him a job with Francis Sullivan (Brian Keith) at the local newspaper. As Ben is exposed to the workings of the big city, he realizes the extent of government corruption and sets out on the daunting task of reforming Chicago politics, finding several allies along the way.

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  • The resultant movie, Gaily, Gaily, is a kind of Tom Jones in Chicago, a broad-shouldered knockabout farce that has no business being so comic -- but is hugely funny because of Director Norman Jewison.

    May 6, 2013 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • A movie of great and exuberant charm, one that pays homage to the classic conventions of American farce by defining them with nostalgia and cinematic wit.

    May 6, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A lushly staged, handsomely produced, largely unfunny comedy.

    May 6, 2013 | Full Review…

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  • It's a likable movie, but an unsatisfying one.

    October 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Regrettably, a silly script and some contrived comedy serve to highlight this as one of Jewison's weaker efforts.

    May 6, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Based on Ben Hecht's colorful journalistic memories, this film is at first directed with care and style, then slowly erodes into mindless slapstick for a predictable Hollywood ending.

    May 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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