This is my 2483rd Review
Thanks to Laura of Film Nerd Blog for this recommendation.
Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (cable in the 90’s and 5 Sep 2016)
Brief Synopsis – While on his way to his honeymoon, an outspoken newspaper writer figures out that his family is even stranger than he originally suspected and must keep the secrets from his fiance and other unexpected visitors to the house he grew up in.
My Take on it – I recall that this film was among the favorites of my mother’s when I was a kid and I know that we sat down to watch the funny antics numerous times while I was a teen.
Upon rewatching it now, I can’t say that I remembered much about it, but that actually helped me enjoy the story even more.
The dialogue is superbly written and it comes across quite rich and sharp because so much has double meaning.
This helps keep things interesting the entire time.
The characters created here are all great and despite some of them being played too “over the top”, we get to know enough about each pf them to try and determine whether we believe them to be good or bad due to their actions.
The cast is also great with Cary Grant, peter Lorre, Raymond Massey doing wonderful jobs, but the scene stealing in every scene he appears in is John Alexander as Teddy; who can ever forget the way he constantly runs across the screen screaming CHARGE!!!!
Grant seems a bit out of place here and there are scenes where it seems as if he is running around like a chicken without a head.
Bottom Line – Many of the characters are really played over the top, but in some ways that makes them even funnier. Grant isn’t known for his comic delivery, so he seems in some scenes like a chicken without a head. Loved the dialogue because it was so quick and rich that it keeps things interesting the whole time. Excellent cast helps make this even more fun than ever. Lots of quirky characters that work well. My favorite character of them all tho is the Teddy role played by John Alexander who constantly screams CHARGE!!!! while running across the screen. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Mortimer is sitting in the graveyard, one of the tombstones has the name Archie Leach on it. Archie Leach is Cary Grant’s real name. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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