Posted ByGerry O. on June 23, 2002 at 23:09:56:
In Reply to: Re: "MAN ABOUT TOWN" posted byKaty on June 23, 2002 at 20:31:36:
: : As some of you may know, I am partial to the Paramount features that Jack starred in during the late 1930's and early 40's. However, there is one that seems to grow on me more and more each time I watch it....1939's "Man About Town".
: : I really like this one because although it has the general flavor of Jack's radio show, it does not rely ENTIRELY on that connection (like "Buck Benny Rides Again" and "Love Thy Neighbor" do), and you don't have to be familiar with the radio series and it's characters in order to enjoy this film.
: : Plus, the supporting cast is top-notch: Edward Arnold, Dorothy Lamour, Monty Woolley, Eddie Anderson, Phil Harris, Betty Grable, Binnie Barnes and others....probably the best all-around supporting cast of ANY of Jack's films...certainly the best supporting cast of the "Paramount" crop!
: : This film is really lively and it moves along at a good clip. It is certainly not a "reknowned classic", and it has never pretended to be...but it IS a really FUN movie!
: : Are there any other "Man About Town" fans here on the message board?
: This email inspired me to watch my copy of Man About Town. What a fun movie! Jack was even better-looking than Phil Harris. What was wrong with Dorothy Lamour that she wanted to be with Phil more than Jack? Cant imagine.
Katy, you are not alone in questioning Dorothy Lamour's on-screen taste in men...There are "Road" picture fans who think that she should have picked young Bob Hope over Bing Crosby!
It's also interesting that you mention Jack being good-looking in this picture. During this period he received sort of a "glamour treatment" from Paramount. The studio darkened his prematurely gray hair and did some other techniques which actually made him look better than he had looked in his earlier movies for other studios.