The Addicted to Screwball Comedy Blogathon – What’s Up Doc? (1972)


This is part of the Addicted to Screwball Blogathon being held today over at Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg Movies by Paul.

Tnx for letting me participate!


“I’m not repeating myself. I’m not repeating myself. Oh, God, I’m repeating myself. ” – Howard

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 May 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A Music professor arrives in San Francisco to accept a prestigious award but things get crazy when four identical suitcases get mixed up at the hotel.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been meaning to watch for quite a while and thanks to Paul’s blogathon, it finally got bumped up the list.

I never would have expected a romantic comedy featuring Ryan O’Neal and Barbara Streisand to work so well but the fact that their characters are so different actually helps the chemistry flow between the two of them.

The story keeps getting crazier and crazier as things move along yet it still stays quite entertaining.

The music is perfectly used to help make the story move along even more smoothly.

As with most films in the screwball comedy genre, they keep things simple and just let it all go with the flow and there really is no need to change that here.

Loved the way that the chases down the streets of San Francisco are so unpredictable because they help with the suspense of it and at the same time keep things really fun to watch.

The idea to have four identical suitcases is great because you never know who really has taken possession of each of them.

Bottom Line – Extremely fun movie that is perfectly cast with O’Neal and Streisand because of their great chemsitry.  The story gets crazier and crazier as things go by and stays so entertaining.  As with this genre, it keeps things simple and that works so well. The chases down the streets of San Francisco are quite enjoyable because they keep things unpredictable. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ryan O’Neal parodies one of his earlier performances. At the end of the movie, Judy Maxwell says, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” (a line from Love Story (1970)), to which O’Neal’s character, Howard Bannister, replies, “That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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3 thoughts on “The Addicted to Screwball Comedy Blogathon – What’s Up Doc? (1972)

  1. I love this movie as well. Saw it when it came out and watched it with my kids years later – and they thought it was great as well. Streisand and O’Neal are perfect together – along with a fantastic supporting cast of wonderful character actors – including the sublime Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Austin Pendleton and Sorrell Booke. Wonderfully directed by Peter Bogdanovich (and if you haven’t seen “Paper Moon” – you should add that to your list. Also starring Ryan O’Neal and his Oscar winning daughter Tatum), with a very clever screenplay from a story by Bogdanovich – and loosely based on the Katharine Hepburn/Cary Grant classic “Bringing Up Baby” – written by Buck Henry (“The Graduate”) along with David Newman & Robert Benton (“Bonnie and Clyde”). It has one of the best movie chases ever (comedic or otherwise) – and the only one I can think of that features a Chinese dragon. I was going to also say that the movie features one of the all-time great last lines – without spoiling what it is – but MovieRob took the air out of that balloon.

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