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Looking Backward: A Millionaire for Christy (1951)

26 Jun

A Millionaire for Christy is a frothy little screwball with surprising chemistry between its stars (when you think Hot Makeout Action, I ‘m betting you don’t immediately think Fred MacMurray and Eleanor Parker – GIF courtesy Constance Milligan).

millionaire christy constancemilligangifThe weirdest thing about it, and admittedly it’s only weird if you’re someone who watches too many of these damned things, is context – it’s such a 1930s movie that it’s weird to see in the early 1950s.

I’ve seen this before in more recent comedies that desperately want to pay tribute to an older style and there’s frequently something kind of desperate going on. That isn’t really the case here. But there is a strange friction between the goings-on and the period in A Millionaire for Christy, almost as if the screenplay sat around for fifteen years and someone just shaved out the vague references to the WPA. Which, sixty years later, is scarcely noticeable, but still there. Maybe it’s me.

It’s a frequent problem for me in a certain kind of post-WWII movie, that attempt to recapture the attitudes of a world before the massive change it brought that makes for the occasional film equivalent of a brittle smile. It took a while for Hollywood to level out. (Anyone else feel like latter day Abbot & Costello become layabouts with dead-end jobs in a prosperous America instead of just another couple of out-of-work oddjobbers like they were before V-J Day? Again, maybe it’s me.)

Still, light fun, and fine work from Parker in particular, who didn’t usually do this sort of thing.

Looking Forward: A Millionaire for Christy (1951)

23 Jun

macmurray-parker-millionaireI know nothing of A Millionaire for Christy beyond its title, its stars (Fred MacMurray and Eleanor Parker, and its general Screwball categorization. Which is enough to start with. See you here sometime after it airs on TCM Monday, June 24 at 10:00 p.m.