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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #25

My Favorite Wife
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“Impulsive!? He’s full of…carrots.”

 

    Whenever I’m having a really horrible life and I need a movie that makes me laugh and feel better about everything, I go find the nearest VHS player and pop in My Favorite Wife.  This movie features one of my favorite actresses from that time, Irene Dunne, who was also in The Awful Truth.  This is my favorite character that I’ve seen her play.
    The film follows Dunne’s character, Ellen, who just returned from being shipwrecked on an island.  Her family thinks she’s dead, and her husband has just remarried.  As you can imagine, craziness ensues.  It was nominated for three academy awards: Best Story, Best Score and Best Art Direction. 



Most underrated character: Judge Walter Bryson who delivers some of the best lines of the film in the most hilarious way.  For having a very minor role, he is very memorable.

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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #23

The Awful Truth

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“In the spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to what he’s been thinking about all winter.”

 

    Today’s film is The Awful Truth, starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.  Dunne is one of my favorite classic actresses when it comes to comedies.  She has very unique delivery and is completely hilarious.  She’ll come up again later this week, as will Grant, who I just realized is in almost every film this week (actually, I think it’s every film except one.  Oops).  
    This movie focuses on the not-so-happy couple who decide they want a divorce essentially because they no longer truth each other.  They have quite a custody battle over the dog, and the visits that Grant’s character is allowed are one of the main sources of contact the couple has post-separation.  Because of these interactions, they’re able to absurdly interact and screw up each other’s romantic pursuits.  
    In these sorts of movies, every character is too mad or prideful or full of themselves that they can’t focus on how sad they would actually be in the situation.  The emotions are completely ignored – except anger – and it manages to keep the film upbeat, light, and unrealistic.  The Awful Truth is one of those films that makes me feel better after I’ve watched it.  A lot of classic movies have that affect on me, but ones with Dunne and Grant paired up like this are extra delightful.