Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My Favorite Wife

Garson Kanin, 1938, bw (8.2*)
One of the best of the thirties screwball comedies, this is also the archetype for all the missing spouse stories later made. On the very day that Cary Grant has missing wife Irene Dunne declared dead seven years after a boat disaster in Southeast Asia, and getting married for the second time (on the same day), his wife re-appears, having been rescued from an island by a passing ship. As the sticky plot progresses, we find that she spent those years not alone but with the studly and athletic Randolph Scott, who even lives at an athletic resort. What follows is a very funny game of jealousy and psychology, as Dunne attempts to get her husband and family back.


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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