Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 1942. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, based on the play by George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart. Cinematography by Tony Gaudio. Produced by Jack L. Warner. Music by Friedrich Hollaender. Production Design by Robert M. Haas. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly. Film Editing by Jack Killifer.
Excellent comedy about a crotchety old newspaper columnist (Monty Woolley, recreating the role he played on Broadway), who, wheelchair-bound after having fallen and broken his leg, is invited to a socialite’s home for a meal. The host family finds itself in a tizzy preparing for the occasion until the gentleman finally arrives and threatens to blow up at all of them. Bette Davis has a marvelous supporting role as Woolley’s secretary, as low-key and naturalistic a performance as she ever gave, and she shines doing it (it’s good to know she could do romantic comedy too, shame it didn’t happen more often).