One, Two, Three (1961)

Lilo Pulver is celebrating her 92nd birthday today, and that is a nicely timed opportunity to post my review of Billy Wilder’s legendary comedy One, Two, Three, which I had re-watched recently. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

DM-Killer (1965)

A flawed social satire, DM-Killer aims too high and misses in more than one respect. Starring Curd Jürgens and Daliah Lavi, this German film about three ex-convicts trying to get rich the honest way is interesting more in the study of its flaws than its plot or attempted message. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Whistling in the Dark (1941)

A writer and actor of radio detective dramas gets into trouble when real-life crooks try to employ his creative mind for their own nefarious purposes. This is the first of Red Skelton’s three “Whistling in …” films. It is for the most part rather nicely paced and entertaining enough, even though Skelton’s antics seem not entirely the right choice for the character and genre. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Regardless (1961)

In this fifth instalment in the Carry On franchise, the premise of having the characters work in a temp agency doing all sorts of odd jobs gives writer Norman Hudis the excuse to explore any idea that occurs to him, with little thought having to be wasted on how this will hold together in the end. So this paper-thin premise provides the basis for a string of amusing scenes in which the characters – as usual in this franchise – are out of their collective depth. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Constable (1960)

The fourth film in the Carry On franchise is closer to Carry on Sergeant than the other two early films. Just as Erik Barker’s character in that first film had his work cut out trying to teach a bunch of National Service recruits a bit of halfway decent soldiering, Sidney James’s character in Carry On Constable has to try and police his district with only a handful of police academy volunteers. And all this with a gang of robbers on the run. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Glückskinder (1936)

This 1936 UFA comedy is trying to emulate Hollywood’s new, successful Screwball formula. It appears to be a high effort production and many things in this film work nicely, but the story is too convoluted and the construction of the plot seems far from perfect. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Teacher (1959)

The third entry into the Carry On franchise takes a slightly different approach than the first two, as the story that provides the narrative backbone to all the hijinks seems to carry a bit more weight. But while this is a very enjoyable film, it has its own problems. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry on Nurse (1959)

After Carry On Sergeant, the team behind it immediately began work on another ensemble comedy, which would be released under the title Carry On Nurse. It is faster-paced, funnier, and more daring that its predecessor, and it sets the tone for the films to come. Its enormous success on both sides of the Atlantic ensured that this model would definitely be turned into a franchise, and it ensured that the filmmakers would keep employing this particular tone and humour. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

A Touch of the Sun (1956)

A charming little film that is rather inconsequential, but has a very decent central performance by the great British comedian Frankie Howerd. It is an odd film that does not exactly feel like a waste of time, but that will make you feel like the writer has been wasting everybody’s time during the second act. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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