This is my 3482nd Review
Thanks to Emily of The Flapper Dame for this recommendation.
“I find it singularly curious that if a doctor tells us that peanut shells are good for us, we eat them. If a chemist maintains that one gasoline is better than another, we use it. We’re guided by experts on everything from soap chips to foreign policy and yet on the most important thing of all, how to live, we pay no attention. Ever since man began to think, great minds have been telling us that the pleasure in living is in helping, that happiness comes from a simple, useful, constructive life. But yet, we call this kind of advice infantile, impractical and hopelessly idealistic. ” – Prof. Henry Barnes
Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Nov 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A young couple move in to the attic of a philosophy professor who they adopt as a long lost family member despite him wanting to stay in his solitide.
My Take on it – I had never heard of this film before Emily suggested it and I was quite intrigued from the start based solely on the cast.
They do a wonderful job here of intergrating some great themes about life into a seemingly light hearted and tender story.
The interpersonal relationships between the characters is presented extremely well and we get a great perspective of filling the age gap between a retired professor and a young married couple while still keeping things interesting.
Edmund Gwenn is great in the lead role and manages to present a great performance that keeps a steady balance between somber and humorous.
Jeanne Crain and William Holden are both also enjoyable to watch here as they manage the obstacles of a young marriage along with some interesting philosophical and ethical issues of the day that are still relevant 70 years later.
Bottom Line – Very interesting film that does a great job filling the age gap between a young couple and an elderly professor. Gwenn is amazing here and it’s fun seeing a young Holden in a pivotal role. Really enjoyed the way they integrate some serious subjects into such a seemingly lighthearted story. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Edmund Gwenn and Gene Lockhart also shared screen time in Miracle on 34th Street. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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