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Monday, December 14, 2015

"Made For Each Other" (1939)

One of those movies that gives testament to the strength of Star Power. It starts off as an amiable, almost screwball comedy where a young lawyer (Jimmy Stewart) on the rise in his stuffy firm meets and marries an attractive girl (Carole Lombard) after knowing her for less than a week. But the story ambles and meanders from there as the newlyweds deal with all the tribulations of married life. The thwarted honeymoon, the overbearing mother-in-law, the important boss-comes-to-dinner-that-goes-all-wrong...we've seen it all before, but the leads make it seem so effortless (and fresh) that by the odd third act plot switcheroo that turns the whole enterprise into a weepy melodrama, you've bought into the whole shebang hook, line, and sinker. And that's due to our love for Stewart, the most gosh-darn likable guy ever to grace the screen, and Lombard, the ultimate mix of sexy, smarts, strength, and vulnerability. Wrap it all in David O. Selznick's luxe production and you've got a keeper.

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