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The Sailor Takes a Wife (1945)
Cutest Housewife Ever!
There's no cuter housewife than June Allyson in an apron as the sweetest 18-year-old homemaker who takes on the adventures of newlywed life in stride and with pride in her first home!
And there's no way unwed people will relate to the roller-coaster ride that is the 'Marriage Learning Curve' as is delightfully depicted in The Sailor Takes a Wife.
In this adorably cute, albeit dated, tale of WWII era newlyweds, two inexperienced youngsters throw themselves into the experiment of marriage with high ideals that quickly clash with real-life realities which end up creating G-rated slap-stick misunderstandings in a charming cinematic blast from the pro-housewife past!
While the story may seem unrealistic compared to modern times (as if movies packed with promiscuous office romances are now the standard by which to base realism!), the film is full of imaginative scenarios that humorously mirror true-to-life situations that devoted married couples are likely to understand and appreciate:
- unexpected career changes
- an affordable first apartment filled with its own quirks
- seeing your spouse in a different light for the first time
- realizing you don't know everything you thought you knew about your spouse
- being patient with your spouse
- defending and protecting your spouse from prying parties
- forgiving your spouse for unintended accidents
- sticking with your spouse when life doesn't go the way either of you expected
- laughing together through the ups and downs of the Marriage Learning Curve
- and putting the marriage first in the marriage!
I can understand why this movie would be viewed as a farce since Hollywood now programs women (and men!) to believe that home is no place for a woman; and that a woman is meant to be more than 'just' a housewife; and that a woman doesn't have to tolerate a man if he wants her to be a homemaker, or if he loses his job, or if he gets seduced by unscrupulous women.
A woman nowadays may not have to put up with anything she doesn't want to put up with, and that's a woman for you, but that's not a wife.
A wife has responsibilities that an unwed woman doesn't have, and a wife knows her wifely duties come before her womanly wants for the sake of her marriage and her husband; likewise, a husband has the same responsibilities, which sometimes turns marriage into a temporary tug-of-war, but only until both sides realize that winning happens when everyone lets go of the rope and the two sides come together in laughter and love!
The Sailor Takes a Wife is a fun film and an escape to a different time when women were happy to stay at home and swearing wasn't needed to be entertained.
The film could very much benefit from captions/subtitles, which TCM has now sadly removed from their movies when they should be removing the liberal hosts who aren't adding to the quality of the movies but only taking money away from skilled captioners who are the ones who truly make old movies better for everyone.
Smart Woman (1931)
Smart Woman vs. Gold Digger
What would a smart woman do if the man she loved, and was married to, was seduced away by a gold digger who didn't love him but only wanted his money?
She'd do whatever it takes to make him see the error of his ways; even if it means telling him he's free to leave the marriage, and with her blessing, nonetheless.
Better yet, she would up the ante and invite the new wife-to-be as a guest to her own home in a gesture of modern goodwill, and without ever making a jealous fuss in front of her husband.
She would employ whatever means available to drive away the gold-digging mistress without appearing to be the mastermind; even if she must pretend to want another man when she only wants her husband, she would do it with an unsuspecting smile.
She wouldn't let society tell her to leave her husband, or even let her closest confidants talk her into such a choice; she would stand by her husband and not give up on the man she loves over an unintended twitterpation with a wily woman who doesn't even love him.
She would know that her husband still loves her, even if he says he wants to leave her; and she would see to it that her husband knows how deeply she still loves him, by gently reigniting the fiery embers of their devoted love that neither can live without, and without him knowing that she was behind it all.
That's what a smart woman would do.
Emil and the Detectives (1964)
Sleuths, Skrinks, and Scenery, oh my!
Enjoy a step back in time to West Berlin, Germany, during the early 1960s when Germany was divided and skrinks were invading.
Real scenery, real buildings, real vehicles -- it's not an imagining in a fantasy land, it's what actually did exist at one time and some of it still does today. (Note the tall hexagon-shaped building and old church in the background when Gustav and Emil meet; it's the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church located at Lietzenburgerstrasse 39, 10789 Berlin)
1960s style, fashion, costumes -- each character's outfit defines them and adds to the charm of the story; whether it's an actual character in the script or a nameless passerby in the background, the styles and colors are captivating.
Story narrator, opening credits, film effects, editing -- enjoyable features that add to the story and help it move along; even during the slower-moving moments of the film, I'm still intrigued by the scenery, the background, the music, the writing, or other subtle elements that could be edited away but it wouldn't necessarily make the film better, just shorter.
Young detectives, innocent loyal do-gooders, solving problems together in a more adult manner than adults in modern films.
Score, background music, sound effects -- I don't have to watch every second to know what's going on because the sounds and music tell the story too; while it's not a musical, the music is essential to the movie.
Dry humor, no swearing, witty insightful writing with good moral lessons and silly words that should get used more, like 'skrink' and 'skrunky'.
Stunts, physical work -- not high-impact but highly enjoyable.
Cartoonish villains that aren't animated and don't cause serious harm to anyone as much as they try -- similar to the Apple Dumpling Gang or the bad guys in That Darn Cat; other good titles would be the Apple Streusel Gang or That Darn Skrink.
Worst thing about movie: I didn't know it existed the first 41 years of my life.
Thanks to TCM and their Disney Vault series for making these movies available without commercials, and with captions too!
First Wives Fight Club
Before Fight Club & First Wives Club, there was She-Devil. A betrayed housewife who doesn't get even with her cheating, verbally-poisoning, louse of a husband; she gets better by leaving him, and eventually creating a business that helps other displaced housewives and downtrodden women find meaning in their lives again through employment; which is all part of her master plan to bring about the ultimate revenge on her husband -- living well and sending him to jail.