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  • A Bedtime Story

    A Bedtime Story

    ★★★

    I watched this for Helen Twelvetrees, who was adorable. Baby LeRoy was a charming little guy. Both of them, along with Edward Everett Horton, made Maurice Chevalier tolerable in this one. There were some delightful moments but it also dragged from time to time.

    Baby LeRoy was selected from an orphanage by director Norman Taurog and Chevalier to play the abandoned baby. He went on to play opposite W.C. Fields in several movies.

  • I'll Wait for You

    I'll Wait for You

    ★★★

    This is a remake of Hide-Out (1934) which starred Robert Montgomery and Maureen O'Sullivan. I'm not sure why there was a need to reboot it a mere 7 years later. There was nothing new to offer.

    Robert Sterling plays the Montgomery role and he came up short. His redemption was less believable and he didn't have a nuanced performance like Montgomery did. Marsha Hunt was fine but I prefer O'Sullivan. Two things I did prefer in the later release were Virginia Weidler (instead of Mickey Rooney) as the pesky younger sibling and Henry Travers (instead of Whitford Kane) as the dad.

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  • The Young in Heart

    The Young in Heart

    ★★★★

    What a heart-warming film with a wonderful cast! I love finding treasures like this. Bonus: puppies!

  • Best Foot Forward

    Best Foot Forward

    ★★½

    I watched this for Lucille Ball not realizing she would be playing herself. She was beautiful but a bit underused. The same could be said for Virginia Weidler. This was her last film and she definitely wasn't in it enough. The standout performance was from Nancy Walker, in her film debut.

    There were a few good comedic situations but overall the movie needed to be tightened up and injected with some caffeine. The songs weren't much, although the last one, "Buckle Up, Winsocki", was catchy for a military-style song.