Critics Choice (1963)

“Actors can act when they’re drunk. Playwrights can playwright when they’re drunk, can’t they? I say a critic can critic when he’s drunk.” – Parker Ballantine

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A theatrical critic must try to decide how to handle the fact that his wife wishes to write her own play and get his advice on it.

My Take on it – Hilariously done story that works really well due to the performances of both Bob Hope and Lucille Ball who are superb together anytime that they are put together.

The chemistry that they have with one another comes across so genuinely throughout and this adds to the way that the story plays out.

The premise is great and is able to wok on both a humorous and dramatic way which also enhances things here.

The story is a great commentary on the way that the entertainment system looks at itself both in a very critical way when looking outward at others, but not sure how to deal with the introspective look of things.

Hope’s relationship with his son in this movie is also great to watch because they try and show how a father who has custody of his child deals with his work responsibilities aong wth his fatherly ones.

Lots of fun.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The casting of Marilyn Maxwell as Hope’s first wife was a kind of ironic joke, as their long-time affair was well enough known in the industry for her to be often referred to as “the second Mrs. Hope.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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