Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Last night, in my classic film meetup, we saw the very strange Hitchcock film, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, starring Lombard and Robert Montgomery. This movie stands out in Hitch's filmography because it's a straight-up, screwball comedy. No suspense, no violence. Hitchcock was charmed into directing it by the immensely charming Miss Lombard.
Robert Montgomery is an effective romantic lead and a facile comedian, too. I saw a biography of his daughter, Elizabeth (Sam on Bewitched) and was left with the impression that he could be a dick as a dad. I'm glad I was able to put that aside as I watched this film.
Unfortunately, the script doesn't always serve its stars well. The plot has a million holes in it. I wonder if Hitchcock took this screwball comedy as seriously as he did his thrillers.
And I really love my Meet Up. More on that later.