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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Affairs Of Susan (1945)

A man (Walter Abel) proposes to an actress (Joan Fontaine) that he's only known for five weeks. Although she insists he knows very little about her, she accepts. However, when the fiance asks her ex-husband (George Brent) and two ex-boyfriends (Don DeFore, Dennis O'Keefe) over for cocktails to find out more about her, he gets more than he bargained for. Directed by William A. Seiter, this is a rather innocuous comedy that gives Fontaine an opportunity to essentially play four different characters in one movie. The way that that her three exes see her and her "true" self. While not exactly one of the screen's most notable comediennes, she's up to the challenge and mangaes to get by ... just. Actually, the best performance in the film comes from George Brent. Normally the dullest of leading men, comedy seems to give him a needed kick in the pants and his double takes and line readings are pretty good. Still, the film's Oscar nomination for its screenplay does seem a bit much. With Rita Johnson and Mary Field. 

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