8 February 2009 | SHAWFAN
A late screwball comedy
I originally saw this film when I was a boy of 7 (assuming it was in the year the film was released, 1945) and I've been waiting all those 64 years to see it again, since it stuck permanently in my childish mind as a delightful experience. Well, upon finally seeing it again on TCM, on February 2, 2009, like several other of your commentators, I still think it's a delightful experience, and I couldn't believe my ears when it was announced to be broadcast as a TCM premiere. I believe it's the non-stop snappiness of the dialogue in true screwball comedy fashion which makes it so endlessly entertaining. Up till now I've given the prize for snappy dialogue to the biopic of Dorothy Parker (name and year?) in whose opening scene all the witty Algonquineers throw verbal shafts at one another as the camera pans across them one by one; but BM is right in there as a contender for that title. The one-liners went by so fast I can't remember a single one of them; but they're all good. Who wrote such witty stuff? I was sure it must have been a Preston Sturges comedy until the deco logo flashed across the screen "An Edward Small Production." Edward who? This was the first time I had ever seen or noticed that name before. Yet on IMDb his bio and filmography as a producer are a mile long. I'll have to investigate more of ES' work.