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Old October 17 2011, 12:36 AM   #791
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Re: Movies Seen in 2011

140. Dumbo (A-)
141. Smiles of a Summer Night (A)
142. The Ides of March (B)
143. Moneyball (A-)
144. A Few Good Men (A+)
145. Some Like It Hot (A+)
146. The Talk of the Town (B-)

With George Stevens at the helm and Jean Arthur and Cary Grant headlining (along with Ronald Colman), I assumed this was a screwball comedy (the premise also sounds like a comedy), but it's not. Well, it has screwball elements to it, but large stretches of it are a drama about socio-economics and the law. It's never unpleasant to watch, but it's not particularly good; Cary Grant is really miscast in the role of a firebrand lower-class agitator, and at the end you'd really rather if Arthur ended up with Colman (who's easily the best character in the film). Notably, the movie contains what is easily the least caricatured black character I can recall seeing in these old 30s/40s films.
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