15 July 2000 | ivan-22
Priceless, brainy classic
One of the best comedies ever, which the critics overlooked, of course. There are many witty one-liners:
"Education teaches a man how to spell experience...A psychologist is a person who gives all kinds of advice about matters he knows nothing about...A reporter has to do a lot of sweating before he has the right to perspire...There goes the unpressed gentleman of the press...College is amateurs teaching amateurs how to be amateurs...".
Some scenes are incredibly risqué. Gable bluntly asks Doris "How do you feel about sex?" He repeatedly ogles, grabs and kisses her. Today he would be in trouble for it.
Ah, the good old days of real honest to goodness movie-making! This is a truly priceless comedy. I have seen it five times, and can see it five more times. When the screenplay is good, everyone is inspired. Doris is absolutely brilliant, a genius of timing. This lady is way too underrated. There is NO ONE like her. She even sings the thrilling song to perfection. The plot does have its unintentionally funny aspects: Doris preferring uncouth elderly Gable to dashing and debonaire young intellectual Gig Young - and what's more, Young not minding it!!! The plot would have been better if Gable had been politely rejected. There is an unfortunate tendency in too many movies to assume that even the homeliest and oldest man deserves a young woman, that women over 35 couldn't possibly delight any real man. The movie is also a trifle pedantic and conventional in idolizing college education, as if a degree were all that. There is a serious message to the movie, but one enjoys the comedy more.