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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Love Crazy (1941)

Delightful comedy with William Powell and Myrna Loy teaming up yet again as Steve and Susan Ireland, a married couple about to celebrate their 4th wedding anniversary by re-enacting their first date. When Susan's meddling mother interrupts and injures herself. Steve is left to take care of her and when he meets an old flame in the elevator--Susan's mother takes the opportunity to break-up their marriage. She convinces Susan that Steve is cheating on her-Susan files for divorce. Steve has one solution to save his marriage...Pretend he is insane. And that premise allows Powell to have a field day by acting crazy. He and Myrna once again are pure magic and they are so comfortable performing onscreen together, that we the audience are by the same token, comfortable with them.

Love Crazy is a pure delight. One of Powell's great scenes has him in drag, pretending to be his own sister. It's hilarious. Loy gets to shine in several scenes as well. Gail Patrick is excellent as Isobel, Steve's old flame. And Jack Carson is a treat every time he appears onscreen. He plays a neighbor who is infatuated with Loy's character. He always introduces himself the same way....Willoughby. Ward Willoughby. It's funny how he says it, you have to be there to realize how funny it is. One of my favorite comedies.
Steve: She's married now - got a husband.
Susan Ireland: Yeah? Whose husband has she got?


Dawn said...

Monty, I have not watch many of, William Powell and Myrna Loy movies. I will have to check them out.

Valerie Wangnet said...

I adore William Powell, thanks for sharing

You have a great blog here!