They name her Trina. It’s almost as though Grant and Dunne were so wonderful in the two comedies that no one wants to see them in a drama. But in truth, who cares. Anyway, thank you for your reviews! He can’t resist her magnetism and we can’t resist them together. Those were, Leo McCarey’s, The Awful Truth (1937), Garson Kanin’s, My Favorite Wife (1940) and George Stevens’, Penny Serenade (1941). Based on the 1923 play The Awful Truth by Arthur Richman, the film recounts how a distrustful rich couple begins divorce proceedings, only to interfere in one another's romances. The banter between the two of them is just terrific. Thanks, Sean, for your reply! Check this example out:Lucy : Well, I mean, if you didn't feel that way you do, things wouldn't be the way they are, would they? I’m sure she was a nice gal, but I think her mouth detracts from her acting. Thanks, Sarah – you’re so nice to be so enthusiastic about these posts it means a lot and it much appreciated! (1940). I have a hard time watching it, you’re right, but it always makes me feel better anyway. I have so many favorite scenes, but have to mention when Irene is trying to give the baby a bath while you hear the nuts being cracked in the background, when Cary can’t find the baby and she is snuggled with Irene in bed, when they both are trying to go up the noisy stairs w/o waking the baby, the sight of the tennis shoes of the little boy they give a ride to, Beulah Bondi’s endearing phone call at the end of the movie… its a very strange thing, we have a little boy…he is the exact image of the youngster you wrote me about so many years ago…. Many more needed from these two together. She was fabulous. ( Log Out / Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Cary Grant’s greatest co-star, Irene Dunne. But the emotional rollercoaster is what makes the movie so great. This was McCarey's first film for Columbia Pictures with the dialogue and comic elements being largely improvised by the director and actors. You can see what I think about Irene as a comic actress, definitely one of the best. To have a baby. Screwball doesn’t do it justice nor is it easy to say nothing else about it. You can come over and watch Penny Seranade with me anytime you need to, Aurora! I mean, things could be the same if things were different. Obviously, I strongly disagree with that review. It wasn't." Written by It's also the film that really catapulted him into the big time once and for all. Search for "My Favorite Wife" on Amazon.com, Title: It gets sentimental and silly, and the film could have been resolved in a far more satisfactory manner. Thank goodness we have such archival materials as videotape and digitized discs that not only ensure the preservation of such treasures but allow us to call them up whenever we wish to be really entertained. There are many funny scenes that include Grant's reaction in a hotel lift when he first sees Irene Dunne. Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband's second marriage. I watched Penny Serenade for the first time when I was around 14- made me cry. I honestly never noticed. A French playboy and an American former nightclub singer fall in love aboard a ship. On their journey they encounter serious adversity and deep joy. The children are a bit irritating and Irene Dunne has an annoying episode where she puts on a Southern accent, but, despite all of that, this is a fun film. (1937). There is no way they will be able to keep the child in a home that cannot provide for her. It's madcap but it's not too much, and there are many points during which I think the filmmakers were pushing the boundaries to see just how far they could go in that heavily-restricted age of film. I agree with you that she is the gem overlooked and it seemed to be of no concern to her during her life, wow what a classy person, a true artist. It also never has any character stating that in the script, but that plays out in all the scenes — even when Irene Dunne is so terrified to bathe her baby but the surprisingly experienced friend who helped raise his sister’s kids shows the way. Certificate: Passed She was under contract with RKO Pictures by 1930. One they fall in love with immediately. Among her other notables are Leo McCarey’s, Love Affair in 1930 (her favorite) and Michael Curtiz’, Life With Father in 1947, a personal favorite of mine and her only color film. We are left with a few questions regarding the plot, such as what has Gail Patrick done to deserve what has just happened? Garson Kanin obviously saw this because in this sense, he allowed a continuation of what made The Awful Truth so wonderful so the opportunity to see them “go at it” are numerous. "Back in New York," Dunne reflected, "I thought that with my experience on the road and musical education it would be easy to win a role. A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler - but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye. Some of my favorite actors never won Oscars and I’ve certainly disagreed with some who’ve been nominated and lost. On a New York vacation to visit family friends, she was recommended to audition for a stage musical, eventually starring as the leading role in the popular play Irene, which toured major cities as a roadshow throughout 1921. Sure, dialog in films since the '60s, and certainly the '70s, has tended to become more naturalistic and the acting less stylized and 'stagey' than in the old days, but somewhere along the way, amidst all the gains in technology and (sometimes) realism, we lost something. View production, box office, & company info. Certificate: Passed Besides, the expert cinematographers who shot many such films, both through careful use of light and filters and through the vivid clarity of their work, actually manage to suggest color where none is present.This one's loaded with color, and fun, and it really is a film that stands up today as it always will. Again, Grant and Dunne and their wonderful connection – completely believable as a couple going through the best and worst life can throw at them. Dunne was discovered for movies while performing in Showboat. Full charm exhibited in heartwarming fashion! Sentiment is often scoffed by those who don’t understand that life is comprised of such moments and the beauty of older films is that they weren’t afraid to show true, deep, heartfelt emotion, not trumped-up fakery. Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. Maudlin my Aunt Fanny!!! Add the first question. With Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Gail Patrick. They really don't make 'em like this any more. She hires as her lawyer a man who was an ex-lover, and is still in love with her, although she doesn't know it. A married couple file an amicable divorce, but find it harder to let go of each other than they initially thought. Let’s just get that out of the way. A trio of classy card sharks targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him. I too am shocked that Ms. Dunne never got a lifetime achievement award. But before he can do that, an unpleasant surprise--news that Ellen has spent the 7 years on a deserted island with fellow-survivor Burkett. They wanted her instead of Bette Davis, who wanted the roles. I love Cary’s acting in this film…it doesn’t feel like acting, does it? My Favorite Wife is about a woman who is presumed dead after being stranded on an island after a ship wreck then returns home after seven years to find her husband has re-married. And with Grant THE ideal team! No, things are the way you THINK I made them. Nick has a very hard time facing up to the truth so Bianca assumes he has psychological problems because he’s acting so zany, made obvious by Cary Grant’s great gift for physical comedy. Favorite Comedy Performance of the 1930s by a Star Actress, Most Prolific Actress Oscar Has Ever Seen. Right now I'm in the midst of a major Cary Grant kick -- the man was brilliant on film and was one who could crack the audience up with a single facial expression or slay 'em with a deft one-liner -- and so this film more than satisfies. A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. Check out our picks for family friendly movies movies that transcend all ages. When Cary Grant is begging to the judge to keep his child, well to me that is one of his finest moments of his acting career. I think her upper lip is noticeably narrow and gives her a mean look. She has an electricity, an allure that bewilders him and makes him particularly susceptible to her charms whenever he’s in close proximity. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Before their divorce becomes final, Jerry and Lucy Warriner both do their best to ruin each other's plans for remarriage, Jerry to haughty socialite Barbara Vance, she to oil-rich bumpkin Daniel Leeson. Watch this! Nick's jealousy tries to find out the truth. He said I had perfect timing in comedy and that I was the sweetest-smelling actress he ever worked with.”. I love Penny Serenade. Which TV series cancelled after only one episode looks most interesting? That’s not surprising to me. Unable to resist, Roger goes into the store and asks that she play songs for him. Lucy : Oh, no. Obscene or vulgar language and the like can be funny in the right context (or, obviously, reinforce or suggest other emotions) but there may be some truth also in that old saying to the effect that yelling obscenities, or just pouring them forth as part of normal dialog, indicates a lack of anything more erudite to say. There’s a certain chemistry there, a comfort and ease that flows like the greatest of musical arrangements. Things are just the same as they always were, only, you're the same as you were, too, so I guess things will never be the same again. ( Log Out / Cary Grant spars well with everybody, and especially with hotel clerk Donald MacBride. Even loving this film I brace myself. Apple Jack has to step in to help bathe the baby for the first time as Julie is afraid of drowning her. Cary Grant and Irene Dunne play an unhappily married couple who divorce only to discover they were happier married. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Comedy. YES! Looking for some great streaming picks? Dunne tries to pass off meek Chester Clute as the man she has innocently spent 7 years with to a knowing Cary Grant.However, whilst, the film is entertaining and is easy to watch, it peters out at the end once the action moves to the mountain home. Why oh WHY only 3 films?!! Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband's second marriage. I agree with what the poster said regarding ” Penny Serenade!” It’s a wonderful movie that takes the viewer to high peaks of joy and then down into deep holes of sadness. And what beautiful photos! LOVE Beulah in it as well. What a lovely tribute to these three great films Cary and Irene costarred in. It was Dunne's second comedy following Theodora Goes Wild(1936), for whic… She was never out of work even though she was a free agent. The vulnerability is always there but not overplayed, especially never written into words in the script so we’re hit over the head with how great and humane the film-makers are. Thanks for this lovely tribute, my dear! Please go to either of the host sites to read entries by other passionate bloggers. I can’t wait for the other two tonight….I adore these two together. as the omnipotent viewer/camera enters the Los Angeles County Court Of General Sessions / Judge Walter Bryson Presiding and as the bickering over a previous case dies down, smiles endearingly at Bianca and approaches the bench, Pauline Kael, Cary Grant, and the Ambiguity of Male Seduction, 'Pimp to the Stars' Claims He Had a 'Three-Way' with Cary Grant and Randolph Scott, IMDb Poll Board Users' Top 10 All Time Classics.
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