Sunday, March 23, 2014

I LOVE YOU AGAIN | 1940 | Review from The New York Times

I'll be writing about I LOVE YOU AGAIN, soon.  Possibly a post about GRAND HOTEL first.  Not sure yet.  Anyway, here's a review of I LOVE YOU AGAIN from The New York Times (August 16, 1940).

I agree with the review, but I'll probably write about some other angle.  If history is any indication, I will somehow make it all about me.  Because that's a good time for everyone.

Either that or it will be like The Chris Farley Show.  I get that way when talking about my favorite films, and this is one of 'em.  Maybe not tip-top, but top.

Point is: One way or another, more is coming.

For now, the review...

THE SCREEN (The New York Times, August 16, 1940)
William Powell and Myrna Loy Back Together in 'I Love You Again,' at the Capitol
By Bosley Crowther 

Having pretty well set down Mr. and Mrs. Nick (Thin Man) Charles in dull domesticity on their third and last time around, Metro has now changed the names of William Powell and Myrna Loy and has graciously remarried them in an anything but dull domestic comedy entitled "I Love You Again," which came yesterday to the Capitol. Old family friends of the Charleses may sigh for their more suave and wordly airs, but certainly no one can complain that the new Larry Wilsons are less congenial or less delightfully full of surprises. For Mr. Powell and Miss Loy, no matter what their names, are one of our most versatile and frisky connubial comedy teams, and, given a script as daffy as the one here in evidence, they can make an hour and a half spin like a roulette wheel.

Wisely, Metro has not departed from basic principles. In the "Thin Man" series, the humor derived from gagging up essentially grim melodramatic plots. In "I Love You Again," all the sport comes from kidding the old dual personality theme. For nine years, it seems, Mr. Powell had been wedded to Miss Loy, and a duller or more exasperating husband no poor woman had ever been forced to endure. Then, while away on a sea vacation (at the beginning of the film), he gets a clonk on the head and wakes up another fellow. For the nine years that he was pompous and boring Larry Wilson of Haberville, Pa., he was just a victim of amnesia. Actually, he is George Carey, a slick and far from pompous confidence man.

What happens, then, when his—or Larry's—lovely wife, who is Miss Loy, meets him on the pier on his return and threatens to divorce him for being such a dud? What happens when he goes back to Haberville to try to purloin Larry's bank account? Naturally, he has to feel his way, not knowing beans about himself. But, familiar as every one is with Mr. Powell's astringent comic style, you can let your imagination fancy what occurs when he discovers that he is general manager of a pottery, an officer or director of every purity league in town, a trumpet player, a pinch-penny, a taxidermist and a leader of the Boy Rangers. You may fancy—but you'll probably fall far short. No Spartan ever endured like Mr. Powell.

As heretofore, Miss Loy makes a formidable foil for his acid humors. "You've turned my head," says Mr. Powell, in a gallant attempt to recourt her. "I've often wished I could turn your head," she replies, "—on a spit over a slow fire." With Mr. Powell and Miss Loy back at that sort of thing, with fearful surprises popping all over and with Frank McHugh, Edmund Lowe and a troop of pesky Boy Rangers to complicate affairs, "I Love You Again" is a sure screwball for the corner pocket. Mark it up!

I LOVE YOU AGAIN, screen play by Charles Lederer, George Oppenheimer and Harry Kurnitz, original story by Leon Gordon and Maurine Watkins; based on the novel by Octavus Roy Cohen; directed by W. S. Van Dyke 2d: a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production. At the Capitol.

Larry Wilson & George Carey  . . . William Powell
Kay Wilson  . . .  Myrna Loy
Doc Ryan  . . .  Frank McHugh
Duke Sheldon  . . .  Edmund Lowe
Herbert  . . .   Donald Douglas