The Best Movie I've Seen This Week!
I know that this blog can often be mistaken for "DVD News & Reviews". Well, enjoying DVDs happens to be a big part of my life. So there! I get a lot of pleasure from watching and thinking about my stand-up heroes, classic sitcoms, and old black and white comedy movies from years gone by. AND... I only tell you about the good ones! AND... this week I've seen a brilliant old movie - "The Good Fairy" from 1935.
I'm a fan of Preston Sturges, and I was brought to this DVD by his screenplay credit, not knowing if that would be enough to make this a movie I was going to enjoy. GOOD NEWS! This movie was a real joy from start to finish.
From the outset the humour was quite subtle, and the sophistocated dialogue sounded very modern. Clearly, although this Sturges script isn't served by Sturges direction, this is still a Preston Sturges movie. And the script is backed up by sypathetic direction from William Wyler and the performances of the lead players. In particular Margaret Sullavan is fresh and funny as the fish-out-of-water naive young girl leaving her orphanage to join the outside world, determined to do a good deed every day... to be a Good Fairy to somebody.
Unfortunately the lies she feels she has to tell, and the resulting problems she's willing to face, lead her into digging a deeper and deeper hole for herself, and into dragging other characters into the hole with her. Those other characters are the Sturges eccentrics we know from his acclaimed movies of later years. The scenes with Frank Morgan and Reginald Owen shouting at each other with Sullavan between them are fabulous. Herbert Marshall is also good, but he or his character can not match the same level of lunacy.
Now I've seen this, I just hope it won't be long before I can get to see "Easy Living", the next comedy that Preston Sturges was able to write and exert the same level of influence over.
AND WHEN I DO... You'll be the FIRST to know... as long as it's any good!
You know... Perhaps I should put on evening classes where I can show old comedy movies and talk about them. That would be easy money. I'll have to think about that.