Luis Alberni's Louis Louis is one of my favorite comic characters of all time, and Easy Living is one of my top-five favorite screwballs.
While broadly a screwball romance, one of the things I enjoy about a number of Leisen's comedy romance films is how un-frenetic they are, Leisen using the charm and chemistry of his actors more than the hysterical and frantic pacing common in screwball comedy. I imagine Leisen also toned down some of the cynicism of Wilder and Brackett's script, but there's still a strong vein of cynicism. Colbert is a delight, and I've come to really love her natural charm. John Barrymore may have been soused during shooting, but he makes a delightful pairing with Mary Astor.
Nancy: "Why do we always expect metal ships?"
Jack: "I've never expected metal ships"
The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers came out two years before I was born, and was one of the earliest horror / science fiction films I remember seeing. It was in regular rotation on late-night Creature Feature TV, and I probably saw it at least a half-dozen times by the time I saw Philip Kaufman's remake in 1978. Aside from a couple of key scenes,…
A perfectly silly Robin Hood-esque parody; with silly wordplay, silly songs, silly sight gags, and lot's of colorfully costumed little people. Danny Kaye is delightful and charming, Glynis Johns makes my knees wobble, and it's mid-50's Technicolor is gorgeous. Delightful family fun.