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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

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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

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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

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"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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