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Choose...Bachelorhood or Virna Lisi ?
on 21 April 2013
Jack Lemmon (Stanley) plays a Cartoonest who actually acts out and photos the scenes he uses in his Detective strip. He has an ideal bachelor life, lives in a great NY Townhouse and has Terry Thomas( Charles).as his Manservant..One night at a friends party Stanley has too much to drink and wakes up next to the girl who popped out of the party cake..She's played by the lovely Virna Lisi...She's Italian,can't speak a word of English and it seems he married her...His first problem is Charles..He's a confirmed bachelor and won't work for anyone who isn't...So he's off out the door....Stanley sees his bachelor life is at an end....But will he care?...Will the charm of his lovely Italian wife make him realize what he's been missing all these years?......Or does he want Charles back?...The only way that could happen is to get rid of his wife....His cartoon strip plays a part in the plot, and there is a Courtroom scene that is so way over the top it almost spoils the film for me. Today it would be considered not very pc, but that's not the reason....The reason is I found it unconvincing, embarrassingly frivolous,and just not funny... It's good to look at and Terry Thomas is in good comic form....Jack Lemmon does this kind of comedy with his eyes closed,and of course there is Virna Lisi...I must also mention the very funny square jawed Eddie Mayehoff who plays Stanley's Lawyer..A real scene stealer....Lastly, the music score could stand alone...It's great.....I know this is an old film but I always try to write a review as if it's not been seen by the reader...I hate giving away spoilers.....Yes,even if the film is almost 50yrs old.....It runs for almost 2hrs and has good colour and sound...5 soundtracks,English,German,French,Spanish and Italian...No special DVD needed...Overall I'd say it has it's funny moments and worth watching.