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Ninety minutes of delightfully irrational comedy.
A relatively formulaic (though beautifully produced) bedroom comedy...
The direction of Garson Kanin is spotty, and there is evidence of faults in editing -- but who cares?
While it's pleasant enough, the freshness is definitely off the bloom.
Garson Kanin is not Leo McCarey, who was originally assigned to direct this screwball comedy, reuniting Cary Grant and Irene Dunne (Awful Truth), but he has made a well acted, decent, and enjoyable film.
Nowadays, we would call this the purview of a low-rent TV sitcom. Watching it play out 70 years earlier with top-flight stars doesn't make it any more palatable.
Lots of laughs for the first three-quarters of the film but then it peters out for the expected finale.
...benefits heavily from Grant's charismatic presence...
It's easy to see why Leo McCarey opted out of this tepid romantic comedy.
Snappy, breezy and charming, this romantic comedy may not be the best of Grant's films of the period, but it's an entertaining romp showing Grant and Dunne on top form.
i liked this one better than "the awful truth" (a more popular, more well known film), although i don't know why...maybe it's simply the premise appeals to some wacked out sense of comedy i've got somewhere in my attic
My Favorite Wife is one of the lesser, lighter Cary Grant movies. In it, he plays a man whose wife is lost at sea. Seven years later, he goes to the judge to have her declared dead so that he may re-marry. No sooner does he re-marry when his first wife comes wandering back home. She had been living on a tropical island for the last seven years and had only been rescued recently by a passing freighter. Naturally, from this all sorts of chaos arises. Well, some minor chaos. This film is listed as a starring vehicle for Irene Dunne (the original wife), so it's little wonder the new wife (Gail Patrick) is barely in the picture at all. There's very little controversy or dilemma involved on the husband's part. He never considers the new wife, even for a little bit. There's a couple of cute gags, mostly involving the guy Dunne was stuck on the island with (Randolph Scott), but this film is way too slight to make anyone go out of their way to see it.
Dunne and Grant were teamed many a time, but this film seems a bit broader, and filled with moments where you have to suspend your disbelief, including Dunne's tragic circumstances, and Grant's state of marital contentedness. It's all lovey dovey and amazingly sweet, but it specifically works because the two compliment each other with their zany antics and wanton disregard for lack of wit and candor.
Grant and Dunne make a great couple in this movie. It's very funny and romantic at the same time. I highly recommend this to fans of Grant.
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