The Facts of Life (1960)

facts-of-life“If this wasn’t so horrible, it’d be kind of enjoyable.” – Larry Gilbert

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Sep 2016)

Brief Synopsis – Circumstances lead to two married people deciding to start an affair but nothing seems to go right for them.

My Take on it – I came across this film by accident and I was so happy to have done so.

I have always been a fan of both Lucille Ball and Bob Hope, but haven’t really seen as much of both of their work as I probably should have.

I also didn’t realize that they had made a few movies together over the years and was quite happy with the result here.

The two of them don’t actually seem like actors who would have great chemistry together because they were both such outgoing comedians, but they surprisingly are really fun together here.

One of the things that I really liked about this film is the fact that the subject matter was somewhat taboo at the time and they still managed to make a funny and engaging film about an extramarital affair even when the movie industry didn’t allow so much to be shown or even explained.

This film is filled with innuendo and jokes about the situation while not being too specific about what was happening but still give us a full idea of what potentially was going on.

I now realize that I have missed out on some potentially great movies that feature the collaboration of these two great comedians and will actively seek out some more which hopefully will be as entertaining as this was.

Bottom Line – Ball and Hope are great together despite seeming like they would have no chemistry. Loved how they were able to tell a story with such a plot without having the ability to depict or talk about so many aspects of the theme. Really looking forward to seeing more of their collaborations. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Facts of Life was indeed a problematic picture. The injury to Lucy was not the films only mishap. Don DeFore injured his back requiring hospitalization, director Melvin Frank broke his ankle playing golf and had to hobble around on crutches, the film’s publicist came down with a two week case of the mumps, Bob Hope smashed his finger, and even the delivery man from Lucy’s pharmacy fell into the same tank that the star had. To top things off, a few days after Lucy referred to her Desilu soundstage as a “firetrap,” it partially burned down. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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