A little let down – I'd seen a clip of Rex's line where he says: "That's Russian Bank. Russian Roulette's a very different amusement which I can only wish your father had played continuously before he had you!" and expected more of Sturges' mind-boggling wordplay – but still dark to the point of disbelief and with a last third with some world-class physical comedy.
Some spiffing lines delivered at machine-gun speed by a deliciously conceited Rex Harrison, here in full "Henry Higgins" mode. Wonderful. In the last scene, did anyone else expect her to secretly wink across the room at the guy (with whom she was accused of having an affair) just after she kisses her husband? Now that would have been a pretty good twist.
A masterpiece. The scene where Rex's mad conducting channels his paranoia and passion is one of the greatest things I've ever seen. I can see that the Coens and Kubrick ate this up too. See it for the screenplay and the direction and the acting, or in other words see it because it's a great film, see it because you have to.
Very funny black comedy classic from writer-director Preston Sturges. Rex Harrison is hilarious as the pompous, jealous husband and shows a surprising penchant for physical comedy - and he's backed by a top-notch cast of great over the top characters. Always clever and original, it is easily the darkest of the classic screwball comedies, and one of the best.
Because of Unfaithfully Yours I altered my sacred netflix queue. Slots 1-5 were all Sturges for the succeeding month. Then I had to go looking for more old movies with witty scripts. And then I learned there was a censorious production code, and had to rethink how very ingenious this stuff is. And then...