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Midnight

I've wanted to see this old Mitch Leisen comedy since, oh 1973 or thereabouts, and today I got to watch it on TCM. The script was by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, so predictably there were some wonderful zingers, and I absolutely adored Rex O'Malley as the witty and naughty best friend of the cheating wife (the equally wonderful Mary Astor). It felt a bit Wilde, a bit Shaw, and a bit Marx Brothers.

Things I took a way from the movie: Claudette Colbert is right up there with Jean Arthur as a sublime comedienne of unique beauty; 1939's women's size 12 would be about a size 2 today; Don Ameche is much better looking than I remembered, although not as drop dead gorgeous as Francis Lederer; and John Barrymore was a wicked and wickedly funny imp as Mary Astor's husband, who hires Colbert to lure the aforesaid drop dead gorgeous Lederer away from his wife. Oh, and the gowns by Irene alternated between divine and hilariously awful--the best combination ever.

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