It Happened To Jane (1959)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1959.  .  Story by , , Screenplay by Norman Katkov.   Cinematography by .  Produced by .   Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.  

Minor Doris Day comedy that would be improved by some minor cuts to its healthy running time. She plays a widow who supports her children by farming lobster and delivering it to various east-coast customers on the main railroad line that runs through her tiny town. When she loses a shipment and, subsequently, many customers because of negligence on the part of the railroad, she initiates a lawsuit that sees her taking the greedy owner of the railroad company all the way to a national fight to the death (of reputation at least). Jack Lemmon is terrific as the passionate but conservative lawyer who has loved Day his whole life and doesn’t have the guts to tell her, but it’s her show all the way. For all the weakness of the material, she gives it 150%; just watch her face when, in a heated argument, she mentions her dead husband’s name and it stops her conversation in its tracks. She even manages a couple of tunes, including the title track and a camp sing-a-long with her son and his boy scout friends.

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