Romantic Comedy Blogathon is hosted by Backlots and Carole & Co. from May 1st through May 4th, 2014.
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I’ve always enjoyed screwball comedies that blend romance and comedy, and the
zanier, the better, especially when there’s mystery in the mix! Case in
point: Columbia Pictures’comedy-mystery
There’s Always A
(1938). All the filmmakers had to say to make me love this movie were
- Joan Blondell (Nightmare Alley; Three on a Match
- Two-time Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas (Hud; Being There; Ninotchka).
(Fun Fact: Douglas was also the grandfather of actress Illeana Douglas (Dummy; Martin Scorsese’s remake of Cape Fear.
- Mary Astor, Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winner for The Great Lie; The Palm Beach Story).
|Sally helps Bill to root, root, root for the home team!|
|Wow! Two Reardons for the price of one! |
What a scoop! Eat your heart out, Miss Marple!
|Lola Fraser wears widows' weeds well!|
|Big owie! That's what you get for hogging Sally's credit, Bill, you bad boy!|
|Bill and Sally get soused soused while looking |
for clues at the Skyline Club!
Sally: "Why didn't you pick me up?"
Bill: "I did it before, and look what happened."
|What does detective Bill Reardon have that |
William Powell doesn't have, besides Myrna Loy?
Clients, that's what!
|"I see it all now! You and the upstairs maid. Do the old boy in, you said.|
Elderberry wine and old lace, you said! Then, the clean getaway,
but you weren't smart enough, John, alias Johnny, alias Jack, alias Jackie!"
|Joan Blondell's third degree didn't go as well|
as the police would have hoped...
TCM’s Lorraine LoBianco reports There’s Always a Woman set was a family affair, with ex-sister-in-law Connie, who’d just divorced Blondell’s brother, and then her sister Gloria Blondell a contract! No wonder Joan was happy to be at Columbia, except for just one little thing: for some reason, Warner Bros. (where she’d worked at the time) didn’t want Blondell to wear her hair in her signature curly ringlets hair. Luckily, director Alexander Hall gallantly made sure he had brunettes and redheads among the actors so that Blondell would attract all eyes.
There’s Always A Woman also had a 1939 sequel with Douglas, There’s That Woman Again. This time, Virginia Bruce played Sally Reardon..
Also, don’t blink or you’ll miss:
• A young Rita Hayworth in a brief role as a secretary!
• Whitey of the Dead End Kids, a.k.a. The Bowery Boys!
|Sally knows a detective must keep track of their partners|
I bet they need more toilet paper, too!