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boy meets girl
- kevin sellers
Nice try at a madcap satire of Hollywood, but let's just say the Cohen Bros. do it a lot better in "Hail Ceasar". Main problems are the screenplay that too often strains to be funny rather than is funny and the two leads who, again, try too hard, especially Cagney. On the plus side Ralph Bellamy effortlessly sketches a boob producer and Marie Wilson has some waif-ish charm. Give it a C plus.
Cagney & Pat Great Screen Pairings
Only negative is Bruce Lester,a little too bland,like he can't do comedy!
Boy Meets Girl is a hoot!
Despite some reviewer's comments about the "over-the-top" hijinks and acting, that's exactly what I loved about this classic film! James Cagney and Pat O'Brien parlayed their offscreen buddy relationship into exaggerated portrayals of two overly imaginative and energetic filmdom scammers who write scripts for a living. The dialogue was so hilarious and frenetic, it was difficult to stop laughing so that I could hear the next lines. There were several inside-the-profession jokes and allusions. If people are looking for a set-piece with a true storyline, this is not the film for them. It's more of a Marx Brothers experience, and I truly hope this will make it into the TCM archives for all to enjoy. I've been a Cagney fan since I turned nine years of age, and this is the first time I've seen this film. It's a shame there isn't more exposure!
Hearty helping of ham on rye
- Jarrod McDonald
Definitely over the top in every way imaginable, the film is redeemed by the softer more nuanced performance of Marie Wilson in the lead female role. Warners did another behind-the-scenes comedy a decade later, called IT'S A GREAT FEELING. In that one, Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson hammed it up while Doris Day played a role similar to Wilson's. The quasi-remake benefits from Technicolor and a plethora of studio star cameos (again including Ronald Reagan).
Cagney and O'Brien are Superb
Boy Meets Girl have just the right actors playing just the right parts. Cagney's comedic timing is spot on and his interaction with O'Brien is perfect (it's obvious they're friends in real life). The only complaint - it was Cagney's complaint as well - is that director Lloyd Bacon constantly pushed for speed, and it shows in some places. Cagney knows just how to be a clown without overdoing it, and it's great to see him and O'Brien together in comedic mode, after movies like Angels with Dirty Faces and The Fighting 69th.
Funny as heck.
Its always interesting when Hollywood caricatures itself. Ralph Bellamy is superb as the straight man, its definately not Cagney's best work - he tries a little too hard, but Pat O'Brien shows a nice touch for comedy and is flawless. Its a Cagney vehicle but Bellamy steals the show. Superb screwball comedy, some themes a little bit too complex for kids. But many scenes remind me of the current children's cartoon "Ed, Ed, & Eddy" in their zaniness.