SUDDENLY, IT’S SPRING (1947)

Dir. Mitchell Leisen

Sex appeal was on the menu when Paramount marketed this romantic comedy with a Vargas portrait of star Paulette Goddard, billed in the ads as “The Lassie with the Classy Chassis!” The approach was typical of postwar Hollywood, where World War II pinup girls like Goddard were still a hot commodity. The film took advantage of wartime topicality, as well, casting Goddard as a returning WAC assigned to counsel couples separated by military service while faced with the imminent demise of her own marriage. When she arrives home, she is met by hubby Fred MacMurray who serves her with divorce papers, hoping to marry the more pliable Arleen Whelan. Throw in Macdonald Carey as a family friend with the hots for Goddard, and you have the kind of romantic quadrangle at which director Mitchell Leisen excelled. With Daniel L. Fapp’s creamy black-and-white cinematography, a sprightly score by Victor Young and a scene-stealing bit by Frank Faylen, the picture is the ultimate in Paramount style and class.

In attendance: Dennis Bartok, Kate MacMurray.

SUDDENLY, IT’S SPRING
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