First the answers to yesterday’s very easy quiz. The photo was from The Rains Came, which starred Myrna Loy and George Brent (and Tyrone Power, not pictured). In the remake, The Rains of Ranchipor, those parts were played by Lana Turner, Fred MacMurray and Richard Burton. That’s them, listening for the rain.
Betty Grable remade Coney Island (1943) as Wabash Avenue in 1950. Clark Gable repeated his role in Red Dust (1932) in 1953’s Mogambo.
Damon Runyon’s story Little Miss Marker has been made four times. The best, Shirley Temple’s version in 1934, with Adolph Menjou. Bob Hope played Sorrowful Jones in 1950 with Lucille Ball (an OK remake). There was a reworking, Forty Pounds of Trouble in 1962, with Tony Curtis and Suzanne Pleshette, and Little Miss Marker (again) with Walter Matthau and Julie Andrews in 1980. Tony Curtis was in the last one too. The last two versions can’t compete with the first two.
Now a continued discussion of why do remakes (or reworkings). Well, the answer to two of yesterdays questions tell why. Because sometimes, rarely, but sometimes, the reworkings can be just as good, or even better than the original.
The Front Page was remade once and reworked twice and one version is the classic, His Girl Friday.
And, In the Good Old Summertime is a reworking of The Shop Around the Corner. More on these two films later this week.