Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Forgotten Movies-Remember the Night
Preston Sturgis wrote the screenplay, Michael Leisen directed this little dollop, which I found charming but left Phil cold. Stanwyck is a petty thief; MacMurray, a DA prosecuting her, when the holidays interrupt the trial. Long story short, they end up on a trip to their Indiana homes. Her home explains her future and his explains his. It looked to be a comedy for the first thirty minutes, but soon evolved into a sentimental piece for Christmas. Either the dialogue and characters are sharp enough to carry it for you or not. Not the best matchup of the two stars obviously but good enough for me.These two had chemistry from the get go. And Stanwyck is just plain good in anything although this film mostly makes use of her ability to be poignant. Was there ever a more versatile actress?
Todd Mason may have more forgotten movies today.