Saturday, June 4, 2011

Come Live with Me (1941)

Hedy and Jimmy in “Come Live With Me”
May 18 - June 2, 2011 <--it really did take me that long to finish this!

54. Come Live With Me (1941)

Starring James Stewart, Hedy Lamarr

Produced & Directed by Clarence Brown

Plot: "Illegal immigrant and showgirl Johnny Jones is due to be deported from the USA, her only hope is to get married…" (from IMDb)

Despite tepid IMDb reviews and a weak start, I found this film to be an enjoyable yet lightweight romantic comedy in the grand style that only the '30s and '40s could produce. That's not to say that it ranks among the best of the genre--some of the dialogue is a bit corny, there are plot points that don't make sense (or worse, are just dropped)--but all things considered, I can think of worse ways to spend an hour and a half. :) Hedy Lamarr is gorgeous and Jimmy Stewart is amusing--but a bit gangly and awkward as if he hasn't quite yet grown into his stardom.

Donald Meek makes a cameo appearance.

The title is taken from a Christopher Marlowe poem called “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”. It begins…

“Come live with me and be my Love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That hills and valleys, dale and field,
And all the craggy mountains yield.”

You can read the rest here.

Jimmy’s character recites part of this poem in the movie.

If you are interested in seeing this film, it can currently be viewed on YouTube.

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  1. LOVE THIS MOVIE!! So romantic *sigh*

  2. Thanks for recommending it, Ginger!


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