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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Made For Each Other (1939)

A young mild mannered attorney (James Stewart) meets an often unreasonable, slightly pushy young woman (Carole Lombard) on a Boston business trip. It's love at first sight and they marry in a matter of days. But they find themselves ill prepared, both emotionally and financially, for marriage and parenthood. The film begins like a prospective screwball comedy and gets increasingly darker as the film progresses until it's pure melodrama. Lombard's high energy performance backfires as it eventually makes her annoying rather than likable. It's rather sluggishly paced but the director John Cromwell (SINCE YOU WENT AWAY) manages to whip up some tension and excitement in the latter half of the film as an airplane races through a blizzard to deliver serum to a dying baby. With Charles Coburn, Lucile Watson, Ward Bond, Eddie Quillan and Louise Beavers.

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