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3.8
83 Ratings

The Good Fairy

Directed by William Wyler
United States, 1935
Comedy

Synopsis

This charming romantic comedy stars Margaret Sullavan as a young woman just released from an asylum, whose innocence attracts the amorous advances of millionaire Frank Morgan. To escape, she tells him she’s married.

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The Good Fairy Directed by William Wyler
Margaret Sullavan’s star personality is an important element in the light-hearted tone, but so is the script by Preston Sturges, still five years away from making his own directorial debut, and clearly showing his light comedic touch with its tongue-in-cheek absurdity not that far removed from reality.
September 14, 2016
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A shot of Marshall contemplating his office upgrading (“A pencil-sharpener with a handle. And different size holes. At last!”) contains the seeds for Wyler’s deep-focus, further elaborated when the heroine is reflected into infinity in the mirrored chamber; Morgan’s thwarted seduction shows another formative Wyler stylistic, the faux-Euro elegance here blessedly goosed by Sturges’ cyclonic American verve.
October 21, 2007
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Most of this dramatic complexity is dulled or obscured by Wyler’s direction, which isn’t uninteresting, but which invests too heavily in cinematic experiments with form and in the established personas of his stars to find its way into the deeply theatrical, symbolist leanings of the piece . . . It shrouds itself in layers of gauze that romanticize the material at the price of revealing it, and which require its allegiance to established generic protocols instead of to its own internal life.
September 01, 2007
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