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Friday, September 7, 2012

Rings On Her Fingers (1942)

A pair of con artists (Laird Cregar, Spring Byington) take a young shopgirl (Gene Tierney) under their wing and passing themselves off as society people use the girl as bait to hook wealthy men and then swindle them. But when they swindle a young man (Henry Fonda) on vacation, it backfires when he and Tierney fall in love. This lackluster attempt at a romantic screwball comedy has its modest charms. Its relatively brief running time doesn't allow it to wear out its welcome and Tierney is charming though lacking in comic timing and Fonda, as he proved in THE LADY EVE (which the film resembles), makes for an endearing nerd. But it's not very fresh or original. The director Rouben Mamoulian (QUEEN CHRISTINA) nudges it along as best he can but it's a highly forgettable piece. With Shepperd Strudwick, Henry Stephenson and Iris Adrian.

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