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|DREAM WIFE (director/writer: Sidney Sheldon; screenwriter: Herbert Baker/Alfred Lewis Levitt/based on a story by Levitt; cinematographer: Milton Krasner; editor: George White; music: Conrad Salinger; cast: Cary Grant (Clemson Reade), Deborah Kerr (Priscilla "Effie" Effington), Walter Pidgeon (Walter McBride), Betta St. John (Tarji), Eduard Franz (Khan), Buddy Baer (Vizier), Bruce Bennett (Charlie), Les Tremayne (Ken Landwell), Dan Tobin (Hotel Manager); Runtime: 101; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Dore Shary; MGM; 1953)|
|"Flat sex farce."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Sheldon ("The Buster Keaton Story") directs his debut film, but
shows no talent
for directing. It's a flat sex farce, using the
theme. The film was a bomb and Sheldon only directed
one more film.
Star Cary Grant has no chemistry with the director
(refused to listen
to him) or with either love interest, Deborah Kerr or Betta St. John, and seemed
lost in his own
world. It's cowritten by Sheldon, Herbert
Baker and Alfred
Lewis Levitt. What
goes for comedy is when a Middle-East
princess visiting NYC says she put money in a machine
and wins a pie,
and Cary tells her that's the Automat. The jokes are
that bad. The
romance part is even worse.
Wealthy old-fashioned American
Reade (Cary Grant) is engaged to State Department
(Deborah Kerr). But when Clem
returns from a
successful business trip to the mythical country of
Bukistan, his Effie
is too busy with the oil crisis to pay attention to
him. The couple
call off the wedding, as Clem realizes he wants a
full-time wife. Clem
recalls the comely princess he met on his visit to
Bukistan, who is
trained to serve only her husband (the wife walks 3 feet behind her
sends a cablegram to Prince Khan (Eduard Franz), who accepts for his
daughter, Princess Tarji (Betta
Clem's proposal and has his daughter
visit NYC. The State Department uses Clem to possibly
make an oil deal with
Bukistan and thereby end the oil crisis, and Effie's
her over to the princess' hotel to
translate and keep an eye on Clem.
Things get neatly wrapped up by the end in an unimaginative predictable way. Clem rediscovers his love for Effie and decides to break off his engagement with Tarji, who learns from her visit to America that she wants to choose for herself who she marries and breaks off the engagement first. The Khan can live with the marriage going down the tubes and willingly signs the oil agreement, thereby ending the oil crisis. This comes after the Khan gets to know Effie and sees how much she loves both Clem and her country.
REVIEWED ON 7/21/2011 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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