Now With More Than 3600 Reviews! Go Nuts - Read 'Em All!!

WELCOME! Use the search engines on this site (or your own off-site engine of choice) to gain easy access to the complete MAKSQUIBS Archive; over 3600 posts and counting. (New posts added every day or so.)

You can check on all our titles by typing the Title, Director, Actor or 'Keyword' of your choice in the Search Engine of your choice (include the phrase MAKSQUIBS) or just use the BLOGGER Search Box at the top left corner of the page.

Feel free to place comments directly on any of the film posts and to test your film knowledge with the CONTESTS scattered here & there. (Hey! No Googling allowed. They're pretty easy.)

Send E-mails to . (Let us know if the TRANSLATE WIDGET works!) Or use the Profile Page or Comments link for contact.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Absurdly misconceived ‘daring’ marital comedy for Greer Garson; an obvious, if unsuccessful attempt to liven up her stuffy image. Garson, unable to do wrong during the war years, was unable to do right post. The fatal pivot began with ADVENTURE, the ‘Gable’s Back and Garson’s Got ‘Em’ surprise flop of '45. Then, two years off before DESIRE ME became the M-G-M’s one & only pic to go out without a directing credit. (George Cukor, Jack Conway & Mervyn LeRoy did the deed. Not seen here, it has its fans.) Now in free-fall, Greer, hiding under an unbecoming new hair-style, reunites with comfy co-star Walter Pidgeon to try wacky comedy. It’s a sort of Irene Dunne reject, with Garson as a bit actress in London who never got around to divorcing her husband, now invited to the wedding of daughter Elizabeth Taylor* whom she gave up as a toddler. Naturally, this wild mother-of-the-bride upsets all the relationships, but what a sour edge all the jokes have. The film didn’t instantly end her career, as M-G-M did for Greta Garbo in the similarly painful TWO-FACED WOMAN/’41, but the handwriting was on the wall.

SCREWY THOUGHT OF THE DAY: *Taylor’s rep has her going straight from enchanting child to gorgeous grown up. But at 16, she can look pretty awkward, with stooped posture and a big bulging forehead. Two years on (see FATHER OF THE BRIDE/’50) she’s fully emerged from chrysalis.

ATTENTION MUST BE PAID: Journeyman contract director Jack Conway, in his swansong, really phones this one in. At M-G-M since 1925, even his good films would have been better under someone else.

No comments: