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millionaire for christy
- kevin sellers
A not very screwy screwball comedy. To begin with, there is very little physical humor, probably because director George Marshall is famous for Westerns, a genre not known for light, frothy, madcap fun. And what little physical comedy there is kinda falls flat, in my opinion. Think of what a master of comic craziness, like Hawks or McCarey, could have done, for example, with the opening scene in the office, where the guy is trying to repossess Eleanor Parker's fur coat and Parker's trying to keep him from doing it. All Marshall and screenwriter Ken Englund can think of to do is have Parker stuff the coat in a file cabinet and the repossession guy immediately take it. Really funny, guys. And the only extended bit of non verbal humor, the scene in the railroad car with the Mexican workers, is borderline hostile, with one of the workers and McMurray trading angry sucker punches. Again, ok for a Western perhaps, but not for a zany rom com. Because of the lack of slapstick type humor there is more pressure put on Englund's screenplay to provide lots of zingers, comebacks, and witty repartee, a la Sturges, and Englund just aint up to the job. So, even though I agree that Eleanor Parker shows comedic skills, and McMurray is good as a stuffed shirt getting gradually unstuffed by Parker, I'd have to give this movie a solid C. P.S. I'd like to correct the previous reviewer on one point. The old Marion Davies house was not subsequently turned into a hotel. It became a beach club, to which my parents belonged, and where they often took me. I learned to swim in that beautiful, sea green tiled pool a few years after this movie was made.
Scenes filmed at Marion Davies lavish Beach house
- Richard Orton
I find this film tedious and not very funny but it has interest for me because of location shooting later in the film.In 1927 William Randolph Hearst built a $7 million dollar mansion for his mistress Marion Davies on Santa Monica beach. This is not to be confused with "Hearst Castle" built 200 miles up the coast at San Simeon. Julia Morgan was the architect for both projects.The Santa Monica house was of Georgian architecture and had all the hallmarks of Hearsts inflated budgets, paneled rooms imported from European Manor Houses, gold leaf ceilings and an Italian mosaic tile pool. The house was the scene of lavish Hollywod parties in the 1930s but it was closed up during WWII. After the war Hollywood entertained on a less lavish scale so the house was sold for $750,000 and converted to a hotel.Several films used the hotel for locations and this film is one of them. It is easy to spot in the film. Ultimately the hotel was not successful and it was torn down in the early 1960s. So this film offers a rare glimpse into a southern California version of a Hearst Castle that no longer exists. Only the pool and the guest house remain today.
This movie is hilarious!
Just finished watching this movie for the second time and it is one of my favorite MacMurray films. Some of the dialog is so hilarious...instead of "quick thinker" a drunken Richard Carlson says "thick quinker". The scene on the beach with the car is so funny! I missed a lot of dialogue because my husband was laughing so hard. So what if it's not realistic...it's a SCREWBALL COMEDY! Fred and Eleanor have great chemistry. I have the DVD and plan to watch it every few months!
Eleanor Parker Always Enchanting And Mesmorizing
- Joella Lyndon
I don't know if I'm correct, but I'm under the impression that Eleanor Parker is underrated. She can play a dramatic role, villain, and in the film 'A Millionaire For Christy', a convincing comedienne. I remember the first time I watched her as the would-be step mother of those 'Sound of Music' little darlings when I was a young girl. Even though Eleanor Parker was the antagonist to the sainthood of Julie Andrews' Maria, as a child I was hooked: Miss Parker's magic encompassing elegance, sensuality, sophistication and drop dead beauty. Since then it has been a pleasure to see her in so many brilliant performances that completely overshadow her most remembered role in S of M.Here's the perfect summary of Eleanor Parker's magic: "Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known," said Plummer, who just turned 84 on Friday, in a statement following news of Parker's passing."Both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever." Christopher Plummer, December 2013.
Very Likeable film
I had never thought of Fred MacMurray in a leading man role until I saw his acting in Double Indemnity - wow- what a great film. I was glad I caught A Millionaire... and got it on the DVR. In this one, it is a light comedy and I thought both leads played their parts really well. I hope TCM shows more of Fred's earlier (1930s-1940s) movies. Yes, the plot was a little far-fetched, but the actors did well with the material. I also liked the RR scene and the way comedy lines were worked into the "love" scenes, keeping it entertaining and not overly serious.
Funny with a great love scene
- Tom Hamilton
The sensuous kissing (MacMurray called it "necking" later in the film) between MacMurray and Parker was so extremely realistic that I thought in a moment they would have their clothes off (then I realized it was 1951). Easy to watch, simple, great entertainment!
- Ron Kerrigan
Did MacMurray and Parker have a contract they were trying to run out, agreeing to be in this? I found it strident, unfunny, and most of the characters unprincipled and unlikeable (Parker plotting to marry a millionaire, MacMurray getting romantic with a woman he just met on his wedding day, Carlson plotting to derail his friend's wedding). Likeable actors caught up in a terrible, contrived plot and long set pieces that were as bad as his prune juice infomercials. Avoid it.
A Millionaire for Christy
I have asked many times to get this movie on DVD. Maybe a few of Fred's comic movies on one DVD would be great with this one. You reminded me it was going to be on and I waited for months, so I could record it. I forgot about EST and was ready at 1 p.m. MST. Please play it again soon. This is one of the best romantic comedies for my youth. Thank you.
I love TCM. I woke up especially early one work-day morning and turned on TCM to see this movie in progress. I had to go to work, but it was difficult to leave the movie because I found myself laughing out loud at 6 in the morning. I tore myself away to go to work vowing that I would buy the movie on Amazon when I got home. Oh, dear! I can't buy, rent, view, or steal this movie anywhere! I missed the beginning and the end. I did get to see the middle. I loved the scene at the railroad -- hilarious! Please tell me when this will be on again or how I can buy the movie.
A Millionaire for christy
- Marilyn Crady
I would like to purchase this movie on DVD...I don't always get a chance to see movies like this when they are on TV....as you play the best old movies at I guess ...when the viewer ship is the lowest....I just hate that...Sunday morning ..is when I go to church...4:00AM..in the moring...I am a sleep...or getting ready for work....