Saturday, January 17, 2015

A few upcoming things on TCM

I've got a full-length post on something over on FXM Retro coming up later today, but there are a few things not on DVD that are coming up on TCM in the next 24 hours or so which deserve another mention, or even a first mention. First up is Turnabout at 8:00 AM tomorrow. Hal Roach, who had generally produced a bunch of two-reelers and then brief B movies clocking in at about an hour, got some bigger stars in the form of Adolphe Menjou and Carole Landis for this comedy in which the two play a bickering married couple who wind up with a magic statue that grants their wish of changing bodies. Each of them learns how the other lives, and unsurprisingly discovers that perhaps things weren't so bad the way they originally were. It's reasonably enjoyable.

I could swear I had done a full-length post on Fun on a Weekenkd before, but a search of the blog claims I haven't. I really need to catalog the posts better. Eddie Bracken and Priscilla Lane play people who each have no money but decide to pretend they're married when they meet, which leads to getting all sorts of people to accept them unwittingly into high society. Fun con artists are a trope of movies of the 1930s and 1940s, and Bracken and Lane do a good job in this movie with an ultra-low budget.

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