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|THAT WONDERFUL URGE (director: Robert B. Sinclair; screenwriters: Jay Dratler/based on the story “Love Is News” by William R. Lipman and Frederick Stephani; cinematographer: Charles G. Clarke; editor: Louis Loeffler; music: Cyril J. Mockridge; cast: Tyrone Power (Thomas Jefferson Tyler), Gene Tierney (Sara Farley), Reginald Gardiner (Count Andre de Guyon), Arleen Whelan (Jessica Woods), Lucile Watson (Aunt Cornelia Farley), Gene Lockhart (Judge Parker), Lloyd Gough (Duffy, Editor), Porter Hall (Attorney Ketchell), Chill Wills (Justice of the Peace Homer Beggs), Hope Emerson (Mrs. Riley); Runtime: 82; MPAA Rating:NR; producer: Fred Kohlmar; Twentieth-Century Fox; 1948)|
lukewarm romantic comedy."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A lukewarm romantic
It's a remake of of the 1937
screwball comedy, Love is News, that also starred Tyrone
Power but with
Loretta Young instead of Gene Tierney. Director Robert
B. Sinclair ("The Wild Man of Borneo"/"The Captain is
a Lady"/"Mr. and
bases it on
story “Love Is News” by William R. Lipman and
Frederick Stephani. It's written by Jay Dratler.
Tom Tyler (Tyrone Power) is a hotshot reporter for
the New York
Chronicle who has written gossipy columns about the private life of madcap
nervy reporter follows Sara to her Sun
Valley vacation spot and uses an alias as he
introduces himself as a
reporter who wants to tell her side of the story to
refute the biting
by Tom. Romance brews, but Sara finds out his
deception and schemes
revenge. Angry that the reporter faked love interest
just to get a
story, Sara tells the rival newspapers they married in
secret and Tom
is made to look the fool as he tries to tell everyone
married. As twists in the story come about, the case
of whether or not
he's married goes to court. After multiple
complications are resolved
in a screwball comedy manner, there's the expected
Tierney and Power make for a congenial team, even though both are not respected for doing comedy, and the supporting cast of Reginald Gardiner, Arleen Whelan, Porter Hall and Lucile Watson are fine complements to the stars. Trouble is the situation was tailor-made for a Depression-era screwball comedy for the working-class to laugh at the daffy rich folks, but it turned out when executed in the post-war period the same scenario that once delighted audiences turned out old hat and was only mildly amusing for a different type of audience.
REVIEWED ON 8/15/2010 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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