Beautiful But Broke (1944)

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Theatrical agent Waldo Main (John Eldredge) is inducted into the army, and turns his (now clientless) agency over to his secretary Dottie Duncan (Joan Davis). Dottie decides to organize an ... See full summary »


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16 June 2019 | sb-47-608737
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| She almost pulled it off.
Joan Davis was an unknown name, but Kansas City Kitty made me notice her, and then I got hold of this one, and I don't regret. If there is one who could pull it off, it would have to be some one like her of Russel - both I found to have charm and superb sense of timing (and silliness) - which is mandatory in screwball comedies. But before that, I had never been an aficionado of Lucille, I know it is a very rare case, even in 'I Love Lucy' series, so I will keep her out of my list of Supers. But where Rosalind excelled, thanks to her status and 'A movies, Joan was handicapped. In this movie, what was wrong was the conceptualization (i.e. direction), and with that weakness, how many actors can pull it through? This had been an out at out Joan's movie - yes others, and bigger stars, like Jane Frazee were there, but though they did get screen time, but couldn't manage to grab the presence, and in addition, the songs, or even the choreography, wasn't really top notch. Even without that, the movie could have pulled through, except two areas- one is personal - even for me - she was a lovely presence, young too - she wasn't looking like one who had to almost assault a man for a $10 Kiss- probably a man should have been there for her too. Second, as some one pointed, the interminable carpenter sequence. It was really interminable. Trying to bring slapstick into a perfectly timed screwball, is an offence, and the director did exactly that, and so much of that, that I had to fast forward it, and gladly missed tens of minutes of that. Of course even after skipping it, the ending was a bit contrived - there was really not much chemistry with Rollo, at least to have this ending.

Poor direction, but still, Joan almost made it into watchable.

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Comedy | Music

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Release Date:

28 January 1944

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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