Archive for November 8, 2019

“Brooklyn is the Garden of Allah”

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on November 8, 2019 by dcairns

“This isn’t really working, is it?” said Fiona, ten minutes into MAN-PROOF.

“It’s working fine for me,” I replied. “I needed something undemanding and this hasn’t put a demand on me yet.” And it continued in exactly that manner. It’s directed by Richard Thorpe who Esther Williams remembered for being grouchy and joyless, but it does have Myrna Loy, who is never not delightful, Franchot Tone, who puts in the work, and then it wastes Rosalind Russell and fails to waste Walter Pidgeon.

Other things about MAN-PROOF:

Roz Russell gets married wearing a medieval oxygen tent.

Franchot gets drunk and gets punched out, which was always happening to him in real life.

Walter says he wishes Myrna was a guy, which…

Ros learns that her husband has fallen for Myrna at a boxing match she missed due to sickness, and says “Wouldn’t it be funny, Mimi, if Alan got sick and you and I went to the fights?”

Light blogging this week — four video essays on the go, plus raging insomnia.

MAN-PROOF stars Norah Charles; Hartley Beekman; Hildy Johnson; Morbius Miniver; Mrs. Hazel Chumley; Colonel Skeffington; and the Queen of Sheba.