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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It Had To Be You (1947)

After jilting three grooms at the altar on the wedding day, a young woman (Ginger Rogers) is contemplating a fourth (Ron Randell) when her future father in law (Thurston Hall) suggests she go away by herself to think it over. On the trip home, a man (Cornel Wilde) dressed as an Indian literally steps out of her dreams and proceeds to disrupt her life. Then she meets Wilde's doppelganger and the situations reverse. The film is hampered by an unusually wan screenplay by the normally reliable Melvin Frank and Norman Panama (THE COURT JESTER) and sloppily co-directed by the film's producer Don Hartman and the film's cinematographer Rudolph Mate. Examples: Wilde smashes a window at the train station to escape but no one reacts or seems to notice and Rogers bolts out of a cab without paying and the taxi driver just looks on! Rogers gives an irritating performance, looking quite matronly at age 36 but using a breathy baby voice inappropriate to her age. Wilde shows no talent for comedy as the dream man and does much better playing it straight as the doppelganger. With Spring Byington and Percy Waram as Rogers' befuddled parents.

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