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  • I have read some less than favorable remarks regarding this film but have to say that I disagree if for no other reason that the two leads make this plot a pleasure to watch develop. Eddie Bracken is great as the understated 'idea man' and Priscilla Lane is well...Priscilla Lane. Screwball Comedy is generally a hit or miss undertaking that every viewer basically decides for themselves. This film is no exception. If you can 'buy in' to the premise that these two financially challenged misfits can take their meager means and attempt to snowball them into a life of wealth and privilege, then you will enjoy this crazy adventure of posers and pomposity.
  • You do not need to wait until the weekend to enjoy this film. Its type of merriment can be enjoyed any old day of the week. Maybe that's because of Priscilla Lane, who plays her part with such coolness and ease that it's a truly a delight to watch her.

    In fact, this is one of Miss Lane's last films, and it might be called a triumphant comic performance at that. It reminds me of her earlier screwball antics in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. Only this time instead of Cary Grant, her sparring partner is Eddie Bracken, who brings his own unique brand of humor and energy to the proceedings. The story starts quite simply but as complications ensue and the laughs snowball, it becomes increasingly obvious (and increasingly painful for one's ribcage) that this is a fun film!
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    And they all reside on the beach-side ready to be fleeced by wide-eyed "innocents" Eddie Bracken and Priscilla Lane. Waking up near each other one morning after unknowingly having spent the night together on the seashore, Bracken and Lane scheme together to pose as a wealthy couple eagerly ready to make investments in the local town and purchase property (presumably somewhere on Long Island). Everybody, from a local real estate agent to local businessmen to even an initially suspicious hotel manager, fall for their scheme. Yes, it's outlandish and preposterous, but it's all played out in such a fun manner, fast-moving and ingeniously written in spite of its lack of reality. From the pen of Andrew Stone who wrote and directed two other amusing forgotten comedies ("Hi Diddle Diddle" and "Bachelor's Daughters"), "Fun on a Weekend" is a delightfully obscure surprise to discover and is amusing from start to finish.

    Bracken and Lane initially seem mismatched, but actually make an interesting team. Bracken, reminding me of Matthew Broderick in his early comic roles, is as good here as he was in his two 1944 classics, "Hail the Conquering Hero" and "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek". His seeming innocence makes it feasible that people might fall for his scheme, while Lane is as delightful as she was in "Arsenic and Old Lace", but playing a much more aggressive character. The supporting cast includes 30's Warner Brothers perennial Allen Jenkins as a cynical greasy spoon operator and "The Falcon's" Tom Conway as a suave playboy after Lane. They are also surrounded by a delightful huge canine that appears to be part woodchuck. Thanks to a witty script and charming performances, this film shows that not all far-fetched stories are bad films.
  • Borrowing quite liberally from the Mark Twain short story classic The Million Pound Note, Fun On A Weekend doesn't even give protagonists Eddie Bracken and Priscilla Lane even a note for a $1.25. But what they do give him is the incredibly posh and WASPy name of Peterson Price Porterhouse and the film puts forth the proposition that if you've got a high falutin' name like that doors just automatically open with the right gift of gab.

    Bracken and Lane are a pair of tourists on vacation in Florida, but who apparently planned poorly because they've got no money between them and can't even get a meal at Allen Jenkins greasy spoon restaurant on the beach front. But with his name and the fact that Bracken and Lane decide to pretend they're married, they go off on a wild revolving con game getting all kinds of things charged to their non-existent credit because the rich and famous think they're two of them.

    Fun On A Weekend was an independent film shot on a shoestring and released by United Artists. However that doesn't detract one bit from the witty lines and incredible situations that Bracken and Lane bluff their way through. Along the way they pick up a big boxer dog who adopts them and who likes to chew very high class mahogany style wood. What he does to concert pianist Fritz Feld's piano is positively hilarious.

    This film is an undiscovered comedy gem, I'm so happy TCM decided to air it, hopefully it will be back soon.
  • It's a wonder that EDDIE BRACKEN and PRISCILLA LANE manage to hold their heads high and infuse some much needed laughs into this ridiculous attempt at screwball comedy in the late '40s. They're such pros that with a better script they may have managed to make this one work.

    The only comedy highlight is ALLEN JENKINS who manages to con quite a few laughs out of his role as an unbelieving bystander, and FRITZ FELD as a pianist whose act is always inadvertently getting ruined by Bracken and Lane and their Great Dane who loves to chew on furniture legs.

    It's an obviously low-budget poverty row production that has to be the nadir of Bracken and Lane's respective careers. Priscilla was making a comeback after a three year absence and had lost none of her charm, but her role is enough to sink the abilities of any actress. No wonder she retired after one more film. Bracken is less frenetic than usual but also has an impossible role to play.

    Sorry, two thumbs down on this one. All those rear projection shots are too distracting for comfort, indicating just how low the budget was to produce such a farce.

    "This is getting to be too much," exclaims one unfortunate character. The viewer will agree.
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    Eddie Bracken (P. P. Porterhouse III), Priscilla Lane (Nancy Crane), Tom Conway (Van), Allen Jenkins (Joe Morgan), Arthur Treacher (B. O. Moffatt), Clarence Kolb (Quigley Quackenbush), Alma Kruger (Mrs Van Orsdale), Russell Hicks (John Biddle), Fritz Feld (Sergei Stronganoff), Richard Hageman (Mr Cowperwaithe), Lester Allen (stooge at lunch counter), Bill Kennedy (Bill Davis).

    Director: ANDREW L. STONE. Screenplay: Andrew L. Stone. Photography: Paul Ivano. Film editor: Paul Weatherwax. Music arranged and conducted by Lucien Cailliet. Music director: Virginia Stone. Art director: Rudi Feld. Costumes: Maria O. Donovan. Production manager: Herman E. Webber. Assistant director: William A. Forsyth. Sound recording: Roy Meadows. Western Electric Sound System. Associate producer: Don McElwaine. Producer: Andrew L. Stone.

    Copyright 14 March 1947 by Andrew Stone Enterprises, Inc. Released through United Artists. No New York opening. U.S. release: not recorded. U.K. release: 30 June 1947. Australian release: 11 December 1947. 8,722 feet. 97 minutes.

    SYNOPSIS: A throwback to the screwball comedies of the 1930s when two down-and-outs try to pass themselves off as super-rich.

    COMMENT: Another sure-fire Friday flick is one that hasn't opened in New York. No New York showing means only one of two things: — either the movie so lacked either snob or entertainment appeal, that no New York cinema would book it; or the movie was so bad, the distributor was afraid to let the Big Apple critics take pot-shots at it.

    Some films though were probably just unlucky. Like this one, a bright, consistently amusing comedy, well played and very attractively mounted despite its independent pedigree. The photography is particularly appealing, the pace admirably fast, whilst Stone has directed with polish and finesse, making stylish use of some wonderfully fluid tracking shots. As for the players, from the principals down to the smallest bit people, they're perfect, absolutely perfect.

    In short : "Fun on a Week-End" is exactly that! Fun!

    OTHER VIEWS: A very agreeable cast enlivens this ingenious little comedy. It's a one-joke idea, but the script takes care not to spread it out too thinly — introducing the leg-eating dog and Fritz Feld's persecuted pianist was a masterstroke. The scene in which Bracken and Kolb discuss the relative merits of restaurants during Feld's recital provides the film with its funniest moment. It is impeccably timed and very smoothly edited. Added to this, the basic plot contains enough amusing twists to sustain the interest, though there are some dull patches which the players endeavor to overcome by acting with all stops out — not always with the greatest success. This is particularly the case with Allen Jenkins, though it must be admitted he had to be content with extremely weak material.

    Even in this early effort, director Stone can be seen putting his penchant for location filming into practice with the scenes on the boardwalk, for example. In other respects, the direction is very competent, without being in any way distinguished. Production values are absolutely first-class, with lavish sets and plenty of extras milling about.

    Priscilla Lane makes a delightfully attractive heroine and wears some stunning costumes with considerable finesse, and is lovingly photographed. - JHR writing as George Addison.
  • "Fun on a Weekend" was written, directed, and produced by Andrew Stone... heck, he even used his wife as the musical director. Eddie Bracken plays a down on his luck guy, who bumps into a girl who's also in money trouble. Not a very strong script, but props to Allen Jenkins for his "Abbott & Costello" comedy bits in the diner. Too bad he got all the good lines. They also rely on the antics of a dog who befriends them for more comedic bits... It's not a total washout, but the plot feels forced, as if they are just going through the motions. Keep an eye out for Clarence Kolb as the stuffy, old rich guy... he always played the cranky old man, the judge, or the wealthy uncle. Also note the hotel bell clerk is Bill Benedict - he was the tall, blond guy from the Bowery Boys, and was called "Whitey" in most of the films he did. There's no spark between Bracken and the blond co-star Priscilla Lane, but some of the gags are amusing.