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Monkey Business (1952)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1952

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97 min – view video trailer

Director: Howard Hawks
Starring: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, Marilyn Monroe

Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi

IMDB 7.0 / Amazon 4.2 / Tomatometer 87%

Oscars: n/a

A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth. IMDB 7.0 from over 6,838 users

Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers star in this classic comedy about a chemist who discovers the secret of eternal youth. For years, Dr. Barnaby Fulton (Grant) has been working on a youth-restoring serum with little success – until the day a chimpanzee gets loose in the lab and accidentally concocts the exact formula Fulton has been searching for. The hilarity begins when, unbeknownst to anyone, the chimpanzee pours it into the office water cooler. For with each successive drink, everyone gets younger and younger. When Fulton’s stunning secretary (Marilyn Monroe) and lovely wife get a taste of the potion, the chemical reaction is explosive and hilarious fun! Amazon 4.2 stars from over 59 users

Howard Hawks hoped to capture the screwball comic fervor of his 1938 film Bringing Up Baby with his 1952 comedy Monkey Business. As in the earlier film, Cary Grant stars as an absent-minded professor involved in a research project. This time he’s a chemist seeking a “fountain of youth” formula that will revitalize middle-agers both mentally and physically. Though Grant’s own laboratory experiments yield little fruit, a lab monkey, let loose from its cage, mixes a few random chemicals and comes up with just the formula Grant is looking for.  Rotten Tomatoes tomatometer 87% Audience 67%

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Top Hat (1935)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1935

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101 min – view video trailer

Director: Mark Sandrich
Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton

Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance

IMDB 7.8 / Amazon 4.6 / Decent Films A

Oscars: nominated for 4, won 0: nominated: Best Picture, Best Music, Best Art, Best Dance

Ranked #63 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

Showman Jerry Travers is working for producer Horace Hardwick in London. Jerry demonstrates his new dance steps late one night in Horace’s hotel. IMDB rating: 7.8 from over 8,038 users

Perhaps the best remembered of the 10 Astaire/Rogers musicals, Top Hat has it all: Art Deco elegance, a wonderfully addled storyline, loopy support from skilled farceurs and the incomparable chemistry of the two leads cheek-to-cheeking to Irving Berlin’s finest film score. Amazon 4.6 stars from over 66 users

The quintessential Fred-and-Ginger vehicle, Top Hat features some of the most glorious, memorable dance sequences ever filmed. The Irving Berlin score includes perhaps the duo’s best-known number, “Cheek to Cheek,” as well as Astaire’s signature solo number, “Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails.” Read full Decent Films review: rated A, Superb artistic-entertainment for Teens & Up

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