Mr. and Mrs. North (1942)
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as Pamela 'Pam' North
as Gerald P. 'Gerry' North
as Det. Lieutenant Lee Weigand
as Carol Brent
as Jane Wilson
as Louis Berex
as George Reyler
as Mabel Harris
as Ben Wilson
as Stuart Blanton
as Arthur Talbot
as Police Captain
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An acceptable little confection I watched mostly to see Gracie Allen work solo. I'm not sure why George Burns didn't play her husband in this; the new guy was no better than Burns would have been, probably a bit worse. I've often suspected that a little Gracie Allen went a long way, and I don't feel any differently now. Still, though, there are certain characters that I have often thought must be fun for writers to write for. My personal favorite nowadays is Gene in "Bob's Burgers" (which everyone ought to be watching). The kind of characters who are so far out there, it's terrific fun exploring where their bent minds will go next. Gracie Allen's persona must have been such a character. She was well-defined and always had an interior logic, but as a writer, you could really take her anywhere your mind fancied. As I often find in watching these old movies, there was a little ancillary character trait that I find revealing and pretty awful. In Mr. and Mrs. North, there is a "confirmed bachelor" character named Stuart Blanton about whom the loutish Detective Mullins feels perfectly free to make the most repulsive homophobic gestures behind his back. I found this so odd. Here is a movie from the heart of the Production Code-era making overt, unambiguous references to homosexuality. The fact that the detective's gestures were grotesque and sexist doesn't surprise me. I've just never seen such behavior so bluntly expressed in a film from this era.
Gracie steps away from George momentarily but is as daffy as ever. She bulldozes her way through this breezy mystery befuddling all in her wake.
good comedy about a park avenue couple too bad wasn't played by real life couple burns & allen only allen.
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