I can't help it... I'm a sap for this film. Since seeing it last month, I have spoken to anyone and everyone about the charms and witty manner of this little delight on 9 reels. With Robert Montgomery and Maureen O'Sullivan, how can you go wrong? What can I say about this film that others here have not already said? Obviously, Montgomery is ultimately one of the most beautiful stars to ever grace any screen, silver or modern. His smile is contagious - Just adorable with a touch of deviance thrown in for good measure, and his accent makes every line funny.
We begin with see him in his racketeer life style, he's mean and chases just about anything with a dress. Once circumstances force him to spend the morning in a little farm in the country, you could imagine "Lucky's" dismay. He wants out - and quick. That is until he catches sight of the gorgeous Pauline (casted flawlessly with Maureen O'Sullivan), all bets are off. Together, they share chemistry that is sure to satisfy anyone looking for a good love story.
For Montgomery fans (like me), the scenes where Bob is opposite the farm animals are just priceless. It's hilarious to see him interact with them, often speaking to them like the gangsters and "clients" he once hassled back in the big city. The scenes with chickens are some of the most humorous, like when he goes to check the chicken coop for eggs... "Hording, ay?" he says, lifting one of the hens up. "You did good, you know that, don't you?"
Before that, he feeds the chickens in one of his first attempts at mimicking farm life. When he bends down to feed them, one takes a good chomp at his finger. While Pauline is not looking, "Lucky" nearly settles the matter 'gangster' style.
There's also an adorable scene with Pauline teaching "Lucky" to milk a cow. He's never quite "on the level" with his knowledge (or lack there of) of farm procedure. When Pauline hands him the pail for milking, he responds, "Well, I'm used to a bottle but this will do."
The whole film we watch Robert Montgomery's character chase and chase Pauline, something always getting in the way of them being alone together. Finally, the rest of the family take a trip while nearly being pushed out the door by "Lucky." He hurries through the chores in anticipation of a picnic all alone with Pauline. When rain once again spoils "Lucky's" plans, they have to take shelter in a neighbor's cabin near the farm. Truly one of the most romantic scenes I've seen on film, they both sit together in front of the fire wrapped in blankets. Alone together at last, "Lucky" has been too caught up in the chase to realize he has fallen in love.
What a wonderful movie! Both these stars and the supporting cast are pure magic on screen... I can be safe in saying they don't make them like this anymore. Everything about it is heart warming and make sure when you see it, it is on some medium you can replay: For sure it will take multiple viewings to get it out of your system.
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