Genre Guesstimation – Boeing, Boeing (1965)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Michaela of Love Letters to Hollywood and we will be reviewing our favorite ’60s comedies.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Michaela!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of ’60s comedies ……

“You don’t need a maid. You need the mafia.” – Bertha

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Sep 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Two bachelors try to keep the fact that one of them is engaged to three airline stewardesses a secret.

My Take on it – Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis are both great here.

They manage to keep this story fun and lively as the comedy of errors moves along in ways no one could predict

The dialogue is snappy and engaging and helps keep things in constant motion as the story evolves.

As in most of her movies, Thelma Ritter is able to steal every scene she is in as the housekeeper who helps keep this secret.

Her wry humor is always on spot as the story moves along.

The plot itself is a bit too crazy and pretty chauvinistic, yet they still seem to keep it enjoyable despite this.

The stewardesses are all far too superficial and that also hurts things a bit because of the way that they are used throughout the story.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A dispute over which actor–Tony Curtis or Jerry Lewis–would receive top billing was settled in print ads and posters by criss-crossing names on a diagonal so a portion of each star’s name on the top line appeared on the top line (first name for one, surname for the other–with remainder of name on bottom line in reversed order.) In the film’s trailer both names flash on screen in an animated circle, rotating so rapidly it’s impossible to discern who is the top-billed star. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. Fun rom-com, but nothing more profound than that.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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