Monday, January 15, 2007

Tonight's Movie: Bedtime Story (1941)

BEDTIME STORY is a sprightly comedy in the classic screwball tradition, depicting a married couple who can't live with each other but can't live without each other. Fredric March is a playwright who organizes a number of clever schemes to win back his actress wife, Loretta Young.

The riotous hotel room climax rivals classic comedic moments such as the train scene in Preston Sturges' THE PALM BEACH STORY. This film deserves more attention than it has received over the years -- very little was written about it in any of several books on my shelves focusing on the screwball comedy genre. The movie was a treat which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The film's supporting cast includes Eve Arden, Robert Benchley, and Allyn Joslyn. It was directed by Alexander Hall, who the same year directed the classic HERE COMES MR. JORDAN (which, incidentally, arrives on DVD next month). It was filmed in black and white and runs 85 minutes.

BEDTIME STORY can be seen on cable on TCM. It is not available on DVD or VHS.


Blogger Irene said...

Never heard of this one. I always liked Loretta Young. Eve Arden was also a favorite of mine. I went to the site and voted, again.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I think it's great you keep voting! Although it's frustrating that some of these are only available on cable as yet, one of my hopes is that by drawing attention to these films in a small way here on this site, more people will become aware of them and perhaps over time demand will grow. Steps such as you're taking, which might help lead to more titles becoming widely available, are wonderful.

Thanks, Laura

3:17 PM  

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