This is the 1944 version of a raunchy sex comedy. Preston Sturges, always great, really outdoes himself with this perfect storm of comedy styles. Slapstick, rapid fire dialogue, and great character work combine for the funniest movie of the period. Many of the laughs are a direct result of Sturges sneaking content past the censors.
Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton are broad and mugging—no two ways about it. But Sturges was still a master satirist at a peak of getting things passed the censors, and in addition to the fact that a film with this premise got made at all, the movie is remarkable in how it takes Sturges's cynical/romantic marriage comedies and arrives at the conclusion that the best way to handle foibles is to slap on a patriotic face.
Dated but fun script almost sunk by the mugging of Eddie Bracken as Norval Jones but saved by great turns from Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn and especially William Demarest who is more than his usual supporting foil here. Risqué for 1944 but topical WWII entertainment.
"The Lady Eve", "Sullivan's Travels", and "The Palm Beach Story" may be more famous, but this sweet, nutty, code busting small town farce is probably Sturges's funniest film. Bracken, Hutton, and Demarest top an ace cast, and look closely at Sturges's direction, it's as confident as ever, with numerous tricky, stylized tracking shots.
What a wonderful movie!
Academy® Award® Nominee® for® Best® Original® Screenplay®, is itself a masterpiece. A mixture of elements like screwball, slapstick, and pathetic comedy.
Between the spontaneous laugh and pitiful situations, Sturges presents the human nature against the law, in a comedy with perfect timing, excellent perfomances and a disrespectful plot. A miracle.
Même si nos préférences vont à certaines autres comédies de Preston Sturges, peut-être un peu plus fines et plus suaves, cette réalisation, débordante d'exubérance et de folie, est parsemée de quelques scènes hilarantes inoubliables, dans un véritable délire de situations hautement ubuesques. www.cinefiches.com