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Hail Howard Hawks !
- Will Fox
As any serious scholar or student of the studio system in Hollywood's heyday knows, Howard Hawks is in the top 3, of the most successful directors. Intelligent people worldwide are still fascinated by John Ford's westerns. Alfred Hitchcock's suspense-filled mysteries intrigue five-generations of the intelligencia. Rivaling these two aces, is the ace of aces among world-class film directors, Howard Hawks. He created more 4-star films (the highest of ratings among most critics) in many more genres than any other director in the history of film. Howard Hawks is famous as a movie-making maverick with a distinctive talent for creating sassy female characters that enchant male bosses. Please consider his hits: "A Girl in Every Port" (1928), "The Dawn Patrol" (1930), "The Crowd Roars" and "Scarface" (1932), "20th Century," "Barbary Coast," "Bringing Up Baby," "Only Angels Have Wings," "His Girl Friday," "Sergeant York," "Ball of Fire," "Corvette K -255,", "To Have And Have Not," "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Red River" (1948), "A Star Is Born," "I Was A Male War Bride," "The Thing From Another World," "The Big Sky," "Monkey Business," "Gentle Prefer Blondes," "Rio Bravo" (1959), "Hatari" (1962), and "El Dorado" (1967). Twenty-three successes. Who else compares to this heroic champion, across so many different genres, among film directors? Hail Howard Hawks!
A Dull Disaster
- el debbo
Ginger and Cary are rather gloomy unless altered by chemicals. The sets are gloomy. The laughs were nonexistent for me. And to top it all off, the lab chimp in the cage was ultra-gloomy. A sad Hawks mess.
Monkey Business (1952)
- Mr. Blandings
Considering the concept (fountain of youth) this film should have been far better than it was. Cary Grant is incredibly annoying as the scientist with early-onset dementia, and Ginger Rogers is dull and dreary as his wife (it's not until she "youthens" that she's at all interesting). The worst thing about the film is that it presents youth as being suicidally reckless. It seems unlikely that Grant's or Rogers' characters were ever like that, even as teeny boppers; if anything they were nerds. They wouldn't have survived to adulthood otherwise. Outside of a couple of chuckle-worthy moments, this film is an overrated disaster for both stars. And the less said about Marilyn Monroe the better.
Overall- 2 1/2 out of 5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-4/5Director-2/5Score-3/5Titles-4/5Screenplay-2/5Cinematography-3/5Importance-2/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-2/5
Whimsical and Very, Very Funnny
Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers are wonderful, and wonderfully funny together, in this frothy "fountain of youth" fable. My favorite scenes are of the two of them acting like kids - Cary is the quintessential ten-year-old boy who doesn't like girls, and wants Ginger to stop following him around and writing their names together on the blackboard. I'm happy to see that many of my fellow viewers like this one a lot too - and puzzled to see it didn't fare better with most critics.
Very Racy for 1952
Great movie filled with fun from start to finish. Ginger and Cary have wonderful chemistry as middle-age couple who are still very much love one another even through the effects of the "formula". Two scenes absolutely must have pushed the censors to the limit for 1952. In one, Cary tells Ginger that he likes her evening dress, especially since it "sticks out". Ginger says, "Well, you ought to know." In the kitchen scene after Ginger and Cary decide not to go out and she is fixing him eggs, Ginger is portrayed as obviously not having anything on underneath her apron to the point that Cary has to tie another apron around her bottom after she sits on a cold chair in front of their male friend. I guess they got away with this from the censors because they were portrayed as being married. Great stuff, that still plays well today.
"Barnaby, I'm your wife"
- Jeff Boston
Wonderful writer Ben Hecht's last big hit, this funny film has a lot for the ears and the eyes. Mr. McDonald's two examples of great scenes are spot on. I also enjoyed the always good Grant rushing out as "Red Eagle," the afternoon he had with Monroe (cute, sexy, AND beautiful), and when he later asked her "did you come to play with me?" Except for the hotel scene (way too long), "Monkey Business" is a treat for the whole family.
A much underrated and overlooked Cary Grant production which engages a wonderful cast of Charles Coburn, Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe tells a story full of great comic flair and timing.
Great hysterical comedy
- Jarrod McDonald
I truly laughed till my jaws hurt. If you describe this film to someone who hasn't seen it, it sounds pretty formulaic, but if you watch it, you will see how one absurd moments gets piled on top of the next, until all of a sudden, all heck breaks loose and it's a comic free-for-all. The writing of this story is very much in the vein of what the Marx brothers would do. Except here the story is anchored by a couple that is growing old (and growing young) together. Some of the best moments are when Ginger and Cary dance together and when Ginger thinks that Cary has become a baby. Charles Coburn is great as always, playing the meddling boss. Marilyn is also good, and this film was training for her skills as a comedienne. Too often she's relegated to the iconic status of sex symbol, but really she was someone who used her body and her voice primarily for laughs.
Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers work well together in this Howard Hawkes comedy. This is not serious drama...or high comedy...but it's a fun filled romp though the complications that ensue, when the lab chip escapes, and inadvertently dices the lab water cooler with child inducing concoction. Grant and Rogers's performance as children is quite lively and, as vivacious a their personalities in real life. In fact, there were romantically associated...and as it turned out, friends their entire lives.There's also a supporting role for the young Marlyn Monroe. It's amazing to me that she manages to get the most attention...even to this day...and even with such an absolutely minor role. This is the sex-bomb phenomenon in full bloom....and this film was a stepping stone to Monroe's stardom.