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#1 rayban

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 06:31 PM

"The Skipper Surprised His Wife" - 

 

This Elliott Nugent film (1950) was probably a throwaway comedy for MGM.

 

It's in black and white and seems made on a modest budget.

 

But, in its' story about a Navy commander (Robert Walker) who thinks, when his wife (Joan Leslie) breaks her leg, that he can become "a housewife" and run him, her, the kids, the dog and the house, the film is thoroughly inventive and quite charming, too.

 

It also has some marvelous set-pieces, especially the one in which Robert Walker tries to make breakfast for the family - he can't make coffee, he can't make toast, he can't do the dishes.

 

The kids are so amused by the "spectacle" that they ask him to do it again (?!).

 

Robert Walker and Joan Leslie are a perfect match as a loving, but beleaguered couple.

 

Tommy Myers and Rudy Lee, who play their sons, are genuine scene-stealers.

 

And Finnegan Weatherwax, who plays the dog, Muscles, is the perfect companion.

 

Films that are this unpretentious and this charming are very often "written off".

 

To a lot of people, they just don't seem ambitious enough.

 

(There's some sly gay humor with a character who offers to take Robert Walker away from it all, but I don't know whether it comes from the script or the actor or maybe even the director himself.)

 

(I know nothing about Elliott Nugent.)


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Posted 22 August 2014 - 10:42 AM

thx

some of them, I'll once again watch!


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 09:45 AM

Airing in June 2014:

6.01

THE HONEY POT

ROOM FOR ONE MORE

BRINGING UP BABY

I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE

 

6.02

BREWSTER'S MILLIONS

KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY

 

6.03

SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL

NOT WITH MY WIFE YOU DON'T!

DON'T MAKE WAVES

 

6.04

A MAJORITY OF ONE

AUNTIE MAME

THE TROUBLE WITH ANGELS

NO TIME FOR COMEDY

THE FEMININE TOUCH

 

6.05

THE ACTRESS

 

6.06

BRIDE BY MISTAKE

LIBELED LADY

THEY WANTED TO MARRY

JANIE GETS MARRIED

THE LONG, LONG TRAILER

 

6.07

DOCTOR AT LARGE

SLEEPER

 

6.08

TOPAZE

WHISTLING IN THE DARK

KISSES FOR MY PRESIDENT

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

SUNDAY IN NEW YORK

THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET

 

6.09

A DAY AT THE RACES

LOVE CRAZY

 

6.10

ANDY HARDY MEETS DEBUTANTE

MAKE MINE MINK

 

6.11

THE WINNING TICKET

NOBODY'S BABY

BOY MEETS GIRL

BROTHER RAT AND A BABY

 

6.13

FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH

THE PRINCESS AND THE PIRATE

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET CAPTAIN KIDD

 

6.14

NEXT TIME I MARRY

THE AFFAIRS OF ANNABEL

ANNABEL TAKES A TOUR

DOCTOR IN DISTRESS

LIFE BEGINS FOR ANDY HARDY

 

6.15

VICE VERSA

THE HAPPY TIME

NO, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

LIFE WITH FATHER

THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER

FATHER OF THE BRIDE

 

6.16

MAMA STEPS OUT

THE JUDGE STEPS OUT

THE IRON PETTICOAT

 

6.17

ENSIGN PULVER

TALL STORY

 

6.18

CAPTAIN THUNDER

 

6.19

SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS

PILLOW TALK

LOVER COME BACK

SEND ME NO FLOWERS

COME SEPTEMBER

MAN'S FAVORITE SPORT?

 

6.21

TOPPER

I LOVE YOU, ALICE B. TOKLAS

GEORGY GIRL

 

6.23

THE DEVIL WITH HITLER

THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S

 

6.24

THE GREAT MORGAN

THUNDER IN THE CITY

 

6.26

A FINE PAIR

PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW

 

6.27

DOUBLE WEDDING

 

6.28

TOPPER TAKES A TRIP

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)

THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1937

COLLEGE HOLIDAY

 

6.29

BREWSTER'S MILLIONS

IF IT'S TUESDAY, THIS MUST BE BELGIUM

PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


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Posted 27 April 2014 - 12:00 PM

Airing in May 2014:

5.01
IT STARTED WITH A KISS

BACHELOR MOTHER

 

5.02

ALL AMERICAN CHUMP 

 

5.03

MEXICAN SPITFIRE SEES A GHOST

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING

 

5.04

AN IDEAL HUSBAND

BALL OF FIRE

A MILLIONAIRE FOR CHRISTY

 

5.05

THE BRIDE CAME C.O.D.

THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER

 

5.06

THE WOMEN

 

5.07

THE SAILOR TAKES A WIFE

 

5.08

YOU'RE IN THE ARMY NOW

TOP BANANA

A THOUSAND CLOWNS

 

5.09

FATHER IS A BACHELOR

THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS

 

5.10

MEXICAN SPITFIRE'S ELEPHANT

 

5.11

LADY FOR A DAY

THE MATING SEASON

 

5.12

ALICE ADAMS

BRINGING UP BABY

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

PAT AND MIKE

EASY TO LOVE

 

5.13

KISSES FOR BREAKFAST

NEVER TOO LATE

 

5.14

THE REFORMER AND THE REDHEAD

 

5.15

HANNAH AND HER SISTERS

SEND ME NO FLOWERS

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

 

5.16

ALWAYS A BRIDE

KEEPING COMPANY

LUCKY PARTNERS

 

5.17

MEXICAN SPITFIRE'S BLESSED EVENT

 

5.18

KISS THEM FOR ME

GIDGET

 

5.19

A KISS FOR CORLISS

THE MOON IS BLUE

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT

THE LITTLE HUT

FATSO

 

5.20

HARD TO GET

THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL

MY FAVORITE YEAR

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

 

5.21

MEET THE MISSUS

SHE'S GOT EVERYTHING

THIS MARRIAGE BUSINESS

THE HEAT'S ON

IT HAPPENED ON FIFTH AVENUE

A KISS IN THE DARK

TOO YOUNG TO KISS

THE BRIDE GOES WILD

 

5.22

THE TALK OF THE TOWN

MRS. O'MALLEY AND MR. MALONE

SUSAN AND GOD

 

5.23

GARDEN OF THE MOON

 

5.24

THE HORIZONTAL LIEUTENANT

 

5.25

IMITATION GENERAL

SEE HERE, PRIVATE HARGROVE

WHAT NEXT, CORPORAL HARGROVE?

MISTER ROBERTS

ENSIGN PULVER

PILLOW TO POST

NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS

ONIONHEAD

 

5.27

THE DIVORCE OF LADY X

OVER THE MOON

AFFECTIONATELY YOURS

THAT UNCERTAIN FEELING

A NIGHT IN PARADISE

 

5.28

WELCOME DANGER

MY MAN GODFREY (1957)

 

5.29

SMARTEST GIRL IN TOWN

SOMEONE TO LOVE

 

5.31

DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE

BORN YESTERDAY


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


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Posted 22 March 2014 - 08:49 PM

Airing in April 2014:

4.01
AT THE CIRCUS
ABBOTT & COSTELLO IN HOLLYWOOD
THE NITWITS
THE YELLOW CAB MAN
THE PINK PANTHER
THE TWELVE CHAIRS
THE GREAT RACE
THE DISORDERLY ORDERLY
SLEEPER
WAY OUT WEST
THE THREE STOOGES GO AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAZE
THE LONG, LONG TRAILER

4.02
TO PARIS WITH LOVE
KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS
THE LADYKILLERS
A MAJORITY OF ONE
ALL AT SEA

4.03
LOVER COME BACK
APRIL IN PARIS
THE TUNNEL OF LOVE
THE THRILL OF IT ALL
MOVE OVER, DARLING
SEND ME NO FLOWERS
WITH SIX YOU GET EGGROLL
PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES

4.05
MARRIED BACHELOR
MEXICAN SPITFIRE'S BLESSED EVENT
IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING

4.06
THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET
CRITICS' CHOICE

4.07
A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA
SNOWED UNDER

4.08
WHERE THE BOYS ARE
SHE WENT TO THE RACES
AN IDEAL HUSBAND

4.09
IT ALL CAME TRUE
THE LONG, LONG TRAILER
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

4.10
HAPPINESS AHEAD

4.11
LADY LUCK
ONIONHEAD
SUNDAY IN NEW YORK

4.12
CALIFORNIA SUITE
MEXICAN SPITFIRE'S ELEPHANT
THE COURTSHIP OF ANDY HARDY
HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE

4.13
BOMBSHELL
SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS

4.14
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

4.15
SON OF A SAILOR
THE SAILOR TAKES A WIFE
FOLLOW THE BOYS
MISTER ROBERTS
DON'T GO NEAR THE WATER
KISS THEM FOR ME

4.16
IF YOU COULD ONLY COOK
MY MAN GODFREY
MERRILY WE LIVE

4.17
DINNER AT EIGHT
NINOTCHKA

4.18
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

4.19
A KING IN NEW YORK
THE LOVED ONE
MEXICAN SPITFIRE AT SEA

4.21
DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE
SKI PARTY

4.24
I MARRIED A WOMAN

4.25
WITHOUT RESERVATIONS
TROUBLE ALONG THE WAY

4.26
MEXICAN SPITFIRE SEES A GHOST

4.27
THE TENDER TRAP
TOO MANY HUSBANDS
MY FAVORITE WIFE

4.28
FREE AND EASY
ARSENE LUPIN
SHOULD LADIES BEHAVE?
SWEEPINGS

4.30
GROUNDS FOR MARRIAGE

"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).





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