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A real stinker. Preston Sturges did turn out several good scripts, but this is not one of them. This is more of a drama than a comedy, and the only comedy is slapstick: all of it centering around Henry Fonda taking pratfalls or losing his balance. It's not very funny. Nor is the acting impressive. Both Fonda and Stanwyck did better in most of their other movies. The script here made no sense and was full of holes that an audience just could not identify with. Nonsensical without being funny. This was not a screwball comedy. It was screwball. A poor movie with no chemistry between the actors will not even make you smile.
For mature blobs only. Steamy scene warning. Hot blobs ahead.
First half is funny. second half sorta falls apart.
Stanwyck at her absolute best!
1941 romantic screwball 'comedy' although no laughs in the traditional knock knock sense.
It follows a gang of three card sharps who 'rob' unsuspecting passengers on ocean liners.
In this film the target is Charles Pike (Henry Fonda). Pike is the rich son of a brewery owner.
One of the trio of con artists is Jean Harrington (Barbara Stanwyck) who actually develops a relationship with Charles beyond ripping him off and ending in marriage before following the story arc seen in so many of these rom coms.
1. Boy meets girl.
2. Boy loses girl.
3. Boy wins girl back.
4. The end.
The card sharp storyline allows some slight deviation from the 'normal' story arc.
2. Boy loses girl after finding out she is trying to rip him off.
3. Girl wins boy back in this film when Jean meets Charles again in the form of an English aristocrat act and causes Charles great confusion when he thinks it is Jean...it is!
I found this film a little overrated if I am being honest. It has a certain innocence about it. I suppose that is partly from the era it was made.
Some comedy is added in Charles Pike being a bit of a geek. In the form of a snake expert.
With a perfect balance between farce, screwball, slapstick, romance and even suspense, this is a witty comedy that relies on a delightful dialogue (which should be considered one of the finest ever written) and a wonderful chemistry between Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda.
Good old classic that feels as fresh as ever. It's witty, romantic, sexy and charming, and of course with a big dose of humor. It couldn't go wrong considering the great cast of the film.
Barbara Stanwyck is incredibly great!
Delightfully fizzy romantic comedy. Barbara Stanwyck is marvellous and has more agency than half a dozen modern-day heroines put together.
Very funny screwball comedy with amazing performances from Stanwyck and Fonda. Stanwyck is just mesmerizing in this. I now understand why all the cinematic greats cite this as one of their favorite films.