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Life With Father (1947)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1947

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118 mins – view video trailer

DirectorMichael Curtiz
StarringWilliam PowellIrene DunneElizabeth Taylor

Genres: Comedy

IMDB 7.3 / Amazon 3.5 / Tomatometer 91%

Oscars: nominated for 4, won 0

A financier from New York rules his numerous family, consisting of his wife and his four sons, with the meticulousity of a bookkeeper. IMDB 7.3 rating from over 2,886 users

The longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history, “Life With Father” was brought to joyous comedic life on film in 1947. Amazon 3.5 stars from over 277 users

William Powell is a tower of comic strength as Clarence Day, the benevolent despot of his 1880s New York City household. Irene Dunne co-stars as Day’s wife Vinnie, who outwardly has no more common sense than a butterfly but who is the real head of the household. The anecdotal story, encompassing such details as the eldest Day son’s (James Lydon) romance with pretty out-of-towner Mary (Elizabeth Taylor), is tied together by Vinnie’s tireless efforts to get her headstrong husband baptized, else he’ll never be able to enter the Kingdom of God. Rotten Tomatoes 91% tomatometer and 80% audience

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Penny Serenade (1941)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1941

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119 min – view video trailer

Director: George Stevens
Starring: Cary Grant, Irene Dunne

Genres: Drama, Romance

IMDB 7.0 / Amazon 4.2 / Tomatometer 93%

Oscars: Nominated for 1 Won 0

A couple’s big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy. IMDB 7.0 from over 3,221 users

A marriage is put to the test when an earthquake leads to a miscarriage, leaving the woman barren but this is only the beginning. When the couple is barely able to scrape by financially due to a new job, and their adopted daughter suddenly becomes fatally ill, their despair drives them to the brink of a breakdown. Amazon 4.2 stars from over 101 users

Irene Dunne) begins reflecting on her past. She recalls her near-impulsive marriage to newspaper reporter Roger Adams (Cary Grant), which begins on a deliriously happy note but turns out to be fraught with tragedy. While honeymooning in Japan, Julie and Roger are trapped in the 1923 earthquake, which results in her miscarriage and subsequent incapability to bear children. Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 93% Audience 74%


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The Awful Truth (1937)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1937

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91 min – view video trailer

Director: Leo McCarey
Starring: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy

Genres: Comedy, Romance

IMDB 7.9 / Amazon 4.2 / Tomatometer 91%

Oscars: nominated for 6, won 1 (Best Director)

Included in the New York Times Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made, 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, and Time Magazine-All-TIME 100 Movies

Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other’s attempts to find new romance. IMDB 7.9 rating from over 8,982 users

One of the top five screwball comedies of the ’30s, this helped to cement a genre that waxed golden until the end of WWII. Amazon 4.2 stars from over 83 users

Grant is sharp and shrewd, manipulating the situation to get his wife back while ostensibly professing that he doesn’t deserve her, that Bellamy will do much better by her, etc., though in fact he’s out to make Bellamy look ridiculous. By the film’s end, Bellamy, disillusioned with the heroine, goes home with his mother, leaving Grant with the girl. Decent Films C+

Leo McCarey directed this classic screwball comedy in which Cary Grant and Irene Dunne play Jerry and Lucy Warriner, a couple whose marriage is starting to fall apart. Jerry informs Lucy that he’s taking a vacation alone in Florida; instead, he holes up with his buddies and plays poker for a week (while sitting under a sun lamp so he’ll have an appropriate tan).  Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 91% Audience 86%

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