March 25, 2013

Movie Monday: I Love You Again

 

Larry Wilson (William Powell) is a respectable banker from a small town, on a cruise ship headed to his small town and his beautiful wife Kay (Myrna Loy). He’s a strait-laced, prim-and-proper businessman who would never think of engaging in any conduct that might besmirch the name of his beloved bank, such as drinking, gambling or swearing. While he’s on his trip, however, he’s the victim of a small accident and gets bashed on the head. When he wakes up, he discovers he is NOT Larry Wilson, he is actually George Carey, a fly-by-night conman who was suffering from amnesia. During the amnesia, he assumed this alternate identity of Wilson. Now that he remembers who he is, he’s determined to go back, clean out the bank and make a run for it.

His plans come to a screeching halt when he meets the lovely Kay. Instantly he is attracted to her and wants to pursue her. To his dismay, he discovers that Kay and Larry were actually in the beginnings of a divorce. But by that point, George is already enamored with Kay, and decides he’s not leaving until he can win her…at least temporarily. Thus begins his attempt to impersonate another version of himself that he knows nothing about and can’t remember, and is absolutely the opposite of the real George Carey.

You know I love a great Powell/Loy movie, and this is without a doubt a great Powell/Loy movie. They are both at their finest, he being zany and moving between multiple personalities, she being witty and charming. They really are the perfect movie couple. And the script is perfect for them, taking turns being each other’s “straight men.” Such as:

George Carey: You be careful, madam, or you'll turn my pretty head with your flattery.
Kay Wilson: I often wished I could turn your head - on a spit, over a slow fire.

Kay Wilson: What did you put in this coffee?
George Carey: Oh, just a little rum.
Kay Wilson: Why?
George Carey: [stammering] Well, because it's... it's... it's healthy, dear! It kills the bugs in the coffee!

Too funny.

When it comes to witty romantic comedies, you can’t beat William Powell and Myrna Loy. And I know I’m biased, since Myrna Loy is my favorite actress of all time. But trust me, they’re a hoot and absolutely perfect for each other. I Love You Again will be on TCM on Saturday, March 30, at 8:45 pm CST. Don’t miss it! (Unless you’re watching the Doctor Who premiere. Then be sure to DVR it!)

Honorable Mentions:
The Pink Panther (1964) – Tuesday, March 26, 11:00 pm CST
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) – Tuesday, March 26, 1:00 pm CST (Tuesday night)
Smokey and the Bandit (1977) – Wednesday, March 27, 2:00 am CST
42nd Street (1933) – Friday, March 29, 8:30 am CST
The Great Race (1965) – Saturday, March 30, 4:15 pm CST
The Lady Eve (1941) – Saturday, March 30, 7:00 pm CST
The Sting (1973) – Saturday, March 30, 12:15 am CST (Saturday night)
Ben-Hur (1959) – Sunday, March 31, 6:30 am CST
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) – Sunday, March 31, 1:30 pm CST
Easter Parade (1948) – Sunday, March 31, 5:00 pm CST

2 comments:

  1. This was one of my Mom's favorites! :) Great choice.

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  2. This was one of my Mom's favorites! :) Great choice.

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