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Eve comes across as a big mouth and has some of the best lines in the movie. Among frequent banters, Eve and Dan are very much in love. Dan is investigating a series of jewel robberies and one of them turned serious with a baby being killed of a stray bullet. The killer was identified, but the system had loop holes and he wasn’t punished against the charges. Dan in his own way privately starts a trail on Cortig, as he is convinced about his involvement.He gets the support from Eve as she is always inquisitive and in constant look for any news. While manicuring she figures the role of a prominent personality’s involvement in the jewel robberies. The missing piece in Dan’s trail is coincides with discovery made by Eve. Richard Morey, a local politician played by Walter Pidgeon is the main man behind the crime and he is nabbed by the team work of Eve and Dan. Comical performances by Marjorie Gateson in the role of Mrs Chesley Cole and Douglas Fowley as Benny provide some exercise to the laughter muscles.
Released in 1936, Big Brown Eyes directed by Raoul Walsh was known to be an experimental movie considering, this genre of movies were limited to Warner Bros in the mid 1930’s. Paramount did manage to get the bearing with the story and the screenplay and it was well accepted at the box office.
Although, Hilary tries to make him understand about the place being non-public, one can sense an attraction developing between the two by the conversations they indulge in. After some time, it is certain, Hilary is attracted to Charles and both wonder how they go about it next.
Victor meets Charles and they both familiarise themselves over a cup of tea. Few days later, Hilary makes up a reason to meet Charles. Aware of what’s happening, Victor remains optimist about his love for his wife coming to his rescue.
After spending few days with Charles, Hilary is surprised to see Victor acting normal in spite of knowing everything about her. He invites Charles to his place for a night out and also to settle scores with him and also to win back his wife. Victor and Charles carry out a lot of funny tests with guns and at pool table. Its funny.
Hilary feels embarrassed over the entire situation and her behaviour being the main reason for all the unwanted drama. The movie ends when she realises and apologises to Victor, thus ending the short timed ‘Love Triangle’.
Released in 1960, The Grass is Greener was directed by Stanley Donen. This romantic comedy fared poorly at the box office in spite of having big stars on board. This also was the third association of Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr pair, previous two being An Affair to Remember and Dream Wife. Jean Simmons plays the friend of Hilary and keeps the movie moving to believe its an quadrangular love story.
After apologising in the office, he is quite impressed by her honest heart. He decides to take her for his meetings, wherein she intervenes and to his surprise manages to convince the other members to successfully negotiate a deal.
Philip takes her out to a baseball match at the Yankees stadium. He owns a part of the team. We actually get to see baseball stars like ‘Yogi Berra’, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris playing themselves getting thrown out for violating the rules.
Although, Philip is very much interested in her, he has no plans of getting married and there comes a clash because of her background. She believes in the traditional norms of getting married and start family. While he is just looking for an affair.
To overcome the disappointment, she wants to repeat the Bermuda trip and hence reaches earlier than Philip. She drinks in order to calm her nerves, ends up drinking lots. When Philip arrives, he finds her in drunken state and she makes a fool of herself and to such an extent that she falls from the window. Dressed in pyjamas, she orders the hotel servicemen to take her to his room, while others her have a good laugh about it.
In the end, she finally manages to convince him to get married and funnily in their honeymoon, he develops a rash.
This movie also happens to be the last movie, where Cary Grant persuades a girl. In his next movie, Charade, Audrey Hepburn persuades him, as per Grant’s request because of 25- year age difference.
Released in 1962, That Touch of Mink was directed by Delbert Mann, was nominated for three Oscars in Best Art Direction, Best Sound and Best Screenplay & Writing – directly for the screen categories.
He builds his boat so that, it could be used to escape when Japanese invade the island. Catherine and Mr. Eckland fall in love with each other and also get married with minister playing the role of priest, perform the rituals via radio transmitter. Japanese airplanes strike the island right after the wedding ritual.
While they wait for the submarine from the Navy to arrive, Japanese invade the island. Mr. Eckland manages to distract the Japanese and escape safely.
Released in 1964, Father Goose was a romantic comedy directed by Ralph Nelson. It was nominated for three Oscars and won one Oscar for Best Screenplay, Writing. Other categories include Best Sound and Best Film Editing.
Dr. Madison Brown played by Cary Grant plays a reputed paediatrician. He is a noted bachelor too.
Anabel Sims is determined to find Mr. Right finds Dr. Madison very apt as her perfect husband. The movie involves a series of plots in which she literally stalks Dr. Madison.
She plays the role of a department store salesclerk, when Dr. Madison asks for her help to purchase few things, she decides him to be the one.
She finds all possible information about him, routines and whereabouts. Knowing her intentions, Dr. Madison tries his best to fend off her.
She uses the help of Roger Sanford who is thrice married playboy. It so happens, Roger falls in love with Anabel. She uses this to tease Dr. Madison and make him feel jealous. All of them turn out to be unsuccessful.
After a series of funny plots and dialogues, the movie culminates when Dr. Madison knowing of Roger’s success with woman tries to stop from them getting married. While waiting for Anabel at her place, Old Joe, long-time hometown beau of Anabel turns up unexpectedly. In the end, Dr. Madison does ask her hand for marriage.
Released in 1948, this movie directed by Don Hartman was one of the highest grosser of 1948.
This romantic comedy is very funny and Cary Grant proves his mettle with his sheer comic timing. A pretty Betsy Drake, plays literally a role of a stalker.
Look out for the comic timing of most actors as this film turned out to be just an entertainer. Keeping the mood of early 1940’s in America, it turns out to be another way of looking at WWII from an American perspective.
Released in 1942, Leo McCarey directs this comical adventure which was nominated for Best Oscar for sound recording.
He becomes close to Chez Moustache (Lou Jacobi), a local bar owner. While he is drunk, bizarre sequence of events ends Pastor being the new pimp boyfriend for Irma as she dumps the previous guy. Pastor moves in with Irma.
He is in love with Irma and hence cannot digest the fact of she being with other men, he comes up with a master plan of disguising himself as an old English guy (Lord X). Lord X offers Irma good money so that she can entertain only him.
To earn the money, Pastor works for a meat processing industry during the night and early hours, hence most of the time he ends up in bed tired. With time, this upsets Irma and hence she finds solace by talking out her problems with Lord X.
Jealous ensures Irma’s ex-boy friend to kill Lord X. Pastor again becomes a victim.
Rest is all about how he manages to escape from prison and how he manages to convince Irma that he loves her more than anyone.
One of the best comedies in Hollywood, Irma La Douce was released in 1963 and was directed by Billy Wilder.
One of the fascinating things about Lord X is his strut and his comic timing. His ‘cheeribye’ is very catchy.
In a way, I wouldn’t like to describe much about this movie, as I would recommend everyone movie lover to watch and enjoy.
Just to add, Marilyn Monroe was touted to play the role of Irma, instead Shirley Maclaine was chosen, as Monroe was dead by the time the production of this film started.
Some of the dialogues are memorable,
“Who wants to be a stray dog? You got to belong to someone, even if he kicks you once in a while.”
“Life is total war my friend… nobody has a right to be a conscientious objector.”
“Shows you the kind of world we live in. Love is illegal – but not hate. That you can do anywhere, anytime, to anybody. But if you want a little warmth, a little tenderness, a shoulder to cry on, a smile to cuddle up with, you have to hide in dark corners, like a criminal.”
“To be overly honest in a dishonest world is like plucking a chicken against the wind… you’ll only wind up with a mouth full of feathers.”
I was in tears, because I was touched by the simplicity in which Jack Lemmon suppresses his feelings. The feelings when his boss played by Fred McMurray out of his marriage has an affair with Shirley Maclaine and he can just stand and do nothing about it.
It is the apartment, which is in demand for few employees working at an insurance company in New York. The Apartment belongs to Mr. C.C Baxter played by Jack Lemmon. To climb up the corporate ladder, he lends his apartment to his fellow selected higher officials to spend time with their muses outside house. The four managers keep their promise by spending positive appraisals to the personnel director, Mr. Sheldrake played by Fred McMurray.
C.C Baxter is attracted to the elevator operator Miss Fran Kubelik played by Shirley Maclaine. It turns out, Mr. Sheldrake had sights on Miss Kubelik and they were involved in a relationship, which ceases to have an identity.
In adverse circumstances, Miss Kubelik cannot tolerate the mystery of their relationship contemplates suicide and consumes sleeping pills at the Apartment.
C.C Baxter to his shock finds Miss Kubelik in a state of horror. Next few days, he consoles Miss Kubelik and even tries to bring a smile.
While his heroics of saving Mr. Sheldrake gave him a chance to become Asst. director. He always dreamt of this position, now he stalls himself to enjoy the newfound position.
Jack Lemmon puts a remarkable performance. Shirley Maclaine looks cute in her hairstyle.
And in 2006, another Bollywood movie ‘Life in a Metro’ finds a sub-plot similar to the screenplay of ‘The Apartment’. Sharman Joshi does justice to his role similar to Jack Lemmon while Kangana Ranaut and Kay Kay Menon plays Shirley Maclaine and Fred McMurray to perfection.
However, according to director Billy Wilder, The Apartment was inspired when he had seen the movie ‘Brief encounter’ in 1945.
I quite like the ending scene…. Its about time when C.C Baxter and Miss Kubelik about to start a game of cards….
C.C. Baxter: You hear what I said, Miss Kubelik? I absolutely adore you.
The first time when I heard about this movie was in a local quiz competition. Our team didn’t get the answer to the introduction scene of this movie. The movie title always fascinated me. That was just one of many reasons to watch this movie. Little did I know then, it would star Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn?
Cary Grant was 59 and hence wasn’t convinced about the idea of romancing Audrey Hepburn who was just 33 at that time. He did refuse the offers made to him because of the age-difference.
Finally, Cary Grant did agree because of a certain change in the script by Peter Stone, the writer. It was decided that Audrey Hepburn would be pursuing him and promptly the romantically aggressive lines were shifted to Audrey Hepburn’s character.
This film also reiterated the fact of Cary Grant playing action roles with ease. He refused James Bond owing to age. Apart from these legendary actors, Walter Matthau plays a pivotal character.