Day of Anger - 1967
Day of Anger - Released 21, 1967.Directed by Tonino Valerii
Rain - 1932
Rain - Released October 12, 1932. Directed by Lewis Milestone
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The Awful Truth - 1937
The Awful Truth - released October 21, 1937 - Directed by Leo McCary
Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in a screwball marriage/divorce comedy that begins over simple misunderstandings and builds to a fever of deliberate sabotage between the spouses. They may not want the other person anymore, but no one else is going to have them, either.
As Lucy and Jerry Warriner, Dunne and Grant use their custody fight over their pet dog ("Mr. Smith") as a way to engage in regular confrontations and to snoop on the other's activities. Soon they are caught up in an endless skirmish, and Dunne concocts the bizarre alternative identity of Dixie Belle Lee so that she can spy directly on Grant, pretending to be his sister. (Dunne performed a slightly similar twist of double-identity in the 1936 Theodora Goes Wild.)
Of course, for a couple this cute while fighting one another, it will all work out, Hollywood-style. The ferocity for obtaining a divorce was only a combination of hurt feelings and a way to punish the other spouse (which is partially what the meddling was about; each trying to subtly humiliate the other). Grant and Dunne provide much of the story's humor merely by just standing still and registering an expression, which is a testament to their skills as comedians.
Bringing Up Baby - 1938
Bringing Up Baby - Released February 18, 1938. Directed by Howard Hawks
Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant spend the films runtime (102 minutes) trying to solve the problems that are caused by a pet leopard (named Baby) that gets loose in Connecticut, and then gets confused with a dangerous leopard escaped from a carnival, also in Connecticut. But the real friction (and humor) in Bringing Up Baby is from the ongoing humiliation of Prof. David Huxley (Grant) who just wants to get back to his museum and fit the final bone into an enormous Brontosaurus he's been building for years, but Susan (Hepburn) has developed an enormous infatuation for him and proceeds to contrive endless hurdles to keep him from reaching his museum. Like an ancient Greek warrior given a series of tasks on an epic journey, the cerebral Huxley is thrown into misadventure after misadventure, each one crazier than the previous, and usually with Hepburn helpfully at his elbow making sure something will go wrong.
The comedy looks pretty effortless on screen, but Director Hawks has said that the hardest part of making Bringing Up Baby was Katherine Hepburn learning to play her part straight and letting the humor come from the situations. They must have got it all solved because the cast, especially Hepburn, Grant and May Robson, operate like a well-oiled machine with the precision of a Three Stooges sketch. The screenplay from Dudley Nichols and original writer Hagar Wilde features sight gags, complicated slapstick, a romance with Grant and Hepburn sometimes reduced to funny babbling, and character identity switching, a lot of which has been used before in older films, but jammed together here in a multitude of new (for 1938) ways.
In the epic tales of ancient warriors, those stories usually show the change in the warrior by the end, where some major shift in character or the gaining of wisdom has taken place, and Prof Huxley is no different. Bringing Up Baby starts with Grant perched atop the scaffolding staring at his Brontosaurus, lost in thought, and ends with him again back on top of his Brontosaurus, but with Hepburn climbing up a ladder to reach him, something that almost certainly means disaster: but now he's delighted.
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