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Saturday, January 16, 2010

THAT WONDERFUL URGE (1948)

An all but pointless remake of LOVE IS NEWS/’37, a lackluster screwball comedy about a press-weary heiress who claims that one of those pesky reporters is her latest fiancé. Let’s see how he likes all that unwanted attention. Tyrone Power repeats as the reporter and Gene Tierney gets stuck in the Loretta Young role as the poor little rich girl. The only reason to watch this one is to see just how deadly dull standard studio product got in the late-‘40s. While the original was nothing to crow about, at least Power & Young had their youthful beauty & some of that Golden Age Hollywood swank. Solid supporting types like Chill Wills, Lucille Watson & Reginald Gardiner are given nothing to chew on, but if you make it all the way thru, you’ll see Gene Lockhart’s trial judge nod off on the bench. He’s got a point.

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