The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Blogathon – Monkey Business (1952)


This is the first of three posts dedicated to the The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Blogathon being held over at In The Good Old Days of Hollywood.

Tnx Crystal for letting me take part!

“In my opinion, your opinion that it’s a silly song is a silly opinion. ” – Barnaby

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A researcher finds a way to create a potion that can make someone feel much younger and this leads to much antics along the way.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never heard of before choosing it for this blogathon and was quite surprised that I enjoyed it so much.

Cary Grant is great in the lead and keeps thing moving at a breakneck pace.

Ginger Rogers and Charles Coburn both are also great here and all three of them give great performances no matter what age they are meant to portray.

They each make us believe their characters can conceivably be real people throughout.

The antics portrayed in this film are hilariously shown and the way that things move in a snowball effect the whole time is great because it allows us to see how its possible that simple situations can get very out of hand when they are misunderstood along the way.

The science of this film is a bit far fetched and its hard to take it all very seriously yet it’s still fun to watch it all unfold no matter.

Rogers doesn’t get the chance to use her song or dance talents in this film yet she is able to show that she was able to be a great actress in her own right when she needs to deal with drama and comedy.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that manages to work well enough even if it cannot be taken completely seriously. Grant is great in the lead and he, Rogers and Coburn all manage to make their characters come alive no matter how old they must act. The antics are quite funny and things remain funny the whole time. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Edwina refers to Lois as “that pin up girl”. Of course the character Lois is played by Marylin Monroe, the most famous of pin up girls. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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7 thoughts on “The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Blogathon – Monkey Business (1952)

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  2. Right from the get-go, when Grant keeps interrupting the opening credits, this film is a riot. Your review has reminded me that it’s been far too long since I’ve seen this!

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