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A Hitchcock Curio: his only screwball comedy!,
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This review is from: Mr And Mrs Smith [VHS] (VHS Tape)
First off you might note that this movie was made early in Hitchcock's American career as a favour to Carole Lombard. Poignant too, as Lombard was killed in a plane crash between this film's completion and its release.
It's odd Hitchcock fare, but fluff enough to keep you engaged. Mr and Mrs Smith are constantly at each other's throats, but with one condition -- they never leave the bedroom until their score has been settled.
But what do they do when they find that their marriage was not legal in the first place? Batten down the hatches, kids, this one's not pretty.
The virtues of this film are to be seen in Hitchcock's dealing with the married couple. There aren't that many married-couple stories in film, because all that lusting has been tamed. But Hitch has his own way of telling these tales. This film is in good company with earlier English attempts Rich & Strange, The Lady Vanishes and The Man Who Knew Too Much pitching themselves on the far side of the marriage boundary.
That said, this is a particularly lusty marriage, and of course when it is annulled, the lust goes mad. Only in different directions.
Worth checking out for the farce -- but don't approach it with your Hitchcock-snobbery head on.