Ever want to watch a good, old fashioned, charming movie which might not necessarily qualify as a classic but will still entertain and leave you with a warm feeling? They used to make ’em back in the middle of the last century.
Hi, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, here again, deciding that before we get off the topic of Universal Pictures and its contributions to memorable ole films, we should highlight a couple of fun features. Not spectacular, just fun.
If you just want to be entertained by an old b&w comedy we have two to recommend.
Once More My Darling stars Robert Montgomery and Ann Blyth in a kind of zany story about an older man forced to woo an heiress. It’s light and frothy. Look for stage star Jane Cowl. She’d been on screen last in 1915, so this was her debut in talking pictures.
Three other old timers, Charles Coburn, Edmund Gwenn and Spring Byington were reunited (they’d starred in 1941’s The Devil and Miss Jones with Jean Arthur and Robert Cummings) for Louisa.
Louisa is a little gem of a film.
The title character (Byington) comes to live with her son, Ronald Reagan and daughter-in-law Ruth Hussey. Soon she’s being courted not only by the butcher (Gwenn) but by her son’s boss (Coburn). It’s delightful and gives hope to all that there’s still romance after the age of 60 (or 70).
In the film Reagan has to cope not only with his mother’s romances, but also with his daughter’s. Universal contract player Piper Laurie portrayed the girl who’s involved with (former child star now teenaged) Scotty Beckett.
Remember we told you almost every star in Hollywood eventually wound up at Universal. The cast of this film is loaded with those who’s careers were in decline. But wait — televison lay ahead.
In fact, this little film was such a success it was used as the basis for a very popular TV series, December Bride, which starred Spring Byington. Her side kick, Hilda, was played by the great radio actress, Verna Felton. And, of course, Reagan went on tho host The General Electric Theatre (among other things)