A Private War
Crazy Rich Asians
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Preston Sturges plays his script [based on a story by Earl Felton] with frantic slapstick, stressing raw, bawdy comedy rather than genuine humor, to get the laughs.
To paraphrase the theme song, it looks pretty well shot in the end.
Fast-moving and witty spoof of Western conventions from one of Hollywood's finest writer/directors of comedy.
A parody should surely be subtle with a fine humorous edge to it, but here we have nothing but exaggeration of a most obstreperous kind.
Not so much a lament for the end of the West but for the end of the 1940s
Shoots itself in the arse once too many times for its prolonged spoof to work smoothly.
Even a fair-to-middling Preston Sturges production is better than most comedies by other writer/directors.
This musical western burlesque looks slightly better today, but its still more energetic than funny.
A notorious flop in its day time has been kind to this and today it is a pleasant if unremarkable comedy, a little risque for the period with a sprightly performance from Betty Grable. Many Sturges regulars pop up in the supporting cast which is always a good thing and Olga San Juan is fun as Betty's boon companion.
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