Describe it in 25 words or less.
Pete: A woman, on the eve of her second marriage, must decide between her ex-husband, her fiancé, and a reporter she has just met.
Brigette: An ex-husband, reporters and a philandering patriarch all lead make getting remarried very difficult for a high society woman.
Morgan: A rich woman makes a scene when the reporters from Spy magazine come to “spy” on her when her up-coming second wedding is nigh.
Gable: A songwriter and a writer for a magazine meet at the wedding of the songwriter’s ex-wife, along with a complicated plot of true love.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Pete: C.K. Dexter Haven because he was full of confidence and charm.
Brigette: Dexter because he was so accepting of people’s flaws.
Morgan: Dexter because he was simply a good guy.
Gable: Elizabeth Imbrie because she was the smartest and the most sensible.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Pete: Seth Lord because he was a chauvinistic pig.
Brigette: Tracy because she was too fixated on perfection.
Morgan: Seth Lord because he seemed like a bit of a jerk but I also didn’t like George because he was boring.
Gable: Tracy Lord because she was mean and too hard on herself and others.
How was the casting?
Pete: Totally brilliant cast with Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong.
Brigette: I thought it was very oddly cast. I wonder if they cast singers and then turned it into a musical or was it a musical to begin with?
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?
Pete: It did grab me immediately and was entertaining throughout.
Brigette: The opening scene was very entertaining and the whole story was full of drama and angst which held my interest despite the awful plot line.
Morgan: It grabbed me pretty much immediately and it had a lot of funny stuff and action to keep me entertained the whole way through.
Gable: The beginning really pulled me in but it didn’t turn out to be what I had hoped it was. In all, it was a pretty good film in the choice of humor and its being a musical but I have seen much better.
Pete: “You were extremely attractive, Tracy. And as for distant and forbidding, on the contrary. However, you were somewhat a little the worse or the better for the wine and there are rules about things like that.” – Mike Connor
Tracy’s father: “What most wives don’t’ seem to realize is that a husband’s philandering, even as innocuous as my own, has nothing whatever to do with them.”
Tracy: “And pray just what has it to do with then?”
Tracy’s father: “A reluctance to grow old, I think.”
What would you change?
Brigette: I would cut out the singing. There was really no reason for this film to be a musical.
How was the soundtrack?
Pete: If you’re into the old-school swooning and 1950s jazz then this is the soundtrack for you.
Brigette: You can check out the musical numbers on YouTube here.
Have you watched other films by the same director/actor?
Morgan: I’ve watched “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby in it a while ago but I very much enjoyed it. I love Bing Crosby films.
How was the ending?
Pete: Entertaining but it was slightly predictable.
Brigette: You could see it coming a mile away, but it still made you happy.
Gable: It was a charming ending and quite unpredictable.
What was the moral of the story?
Pete: Marry for love not money.
Brigette: Nobody is perfect.
Morgan: Sometimes you just need to let go.
Gable: One experience can change you for the better, one experience can change you for the worse, but you are the only one who chooses which way it will go.
Who would you recommend it to?
Pete: Anyone who enjoys light-hearted romantic comedy classics with some singing.
Brigette: People who love stories about spoiled rich people who also break into song a lot.
Morgan: Bing Crosby fans, Grace Kelly fans, Frank Sinatra fans, Louis Armstrong fans, fans of classic-musicals or fans of funny classic films in general.
Gable: Rich divorcees.
Won’t Eat Their Cereal Opportunity: Grace Kelly Won’t Eat Her Cereal
Beer pairing: (Pete’s specialty) Societe Brewing’s The Gleaner Old World Saison
Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Secret Bar in the Library
What is your idea of the perfect man/woman?