Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Rally 'Round the Flag Boys|
Actors: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Joan Collins, Jack Carson, Dwayne Hickman
Director: Leo McCarey
A conventional couple living in the suburbs find their marriage strained when a temptress threatens their Rockwellian picture. (1958), C, 106 min., NR
The Newmans are reduced to grimacing, exaggerated gestures a
Roberto Frangie | Leon, Gto. Mexico | 02/11/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Playing his first comedy in "Rally, 'Round the Flag, Boys!" Newman was in the expert hands of Leo McCarey, who had directed Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields and the Marx Brothers...
The Newmans are hard1y in that class, and the film is one of McCarey's lesser efforts, but it's often a refreshing reminder of thirties screwball farce as well as a frequently incisive satire on suburban life...
Newman is a typical Connecticut commuter with a good job in Manhattan, whose wife (Woodward) spends all her time in community affairs, leaving him frustrated, and whose two sons are so hypnotized by television they hard1y notice him--so he escapes with alcohol and daydreams...
When the Army schedules a top secret base for their town, the couple are on opposing sides: she heads the protest committee; he, a reserve officer, is "drafted" as public relations man to win over the town... Their marriage really goes downhill when she catches him in a compromising (but innocent) situation with a sexy neighbor (Joan Collins).
Newman is often charming, but generally, in a role Jack Lemmon would have walked through, he overacts outrageously, trying so hard to be funny...
Truly, some of the gags situations are forced, as when the drunken Newman and Collins dance the Cha Cha, swing on chandeliers, and fall down stairs; or when Newman is caught, literally with his pants down, turning away the predatory Collins and trying to explain to the outraged Woodward... But even Rock Hudson and Doris Day would have made something of these scenes... The Newmans are reduced to grimacing, exaggerated gestures and extreme over-reactions...
The Newmans were still young, but they played such older-generation types that a teenaged couple (Dwayne Hickman and Tuesday Weld) were added for the younger audience...
Incredibly, Hickman, who does an inventive caricature of an American teenager, plays it as Marlon Brando! Imitating Brando's "Wild One" performance, he mumbles, stutters, and ambles about with the familiar anguished look..."
My first Newman
Geezer68 | Miami Fl USA | 04/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was my first Newman. Saw it back in the fiftys and knew he and her would be stars. A good comedy for the period. Man has strong wife, man makes (stupid and typical 50's)mistake,woman gives him full body slam followed by step over toe hold until submission. Sounds like a bore but done by Woodward & Newman it shines. I recommend..."