Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

18 July 2016

Mister Roberts

I had been avoiding this film for years thinking it was going to be a bunch of Jack Lemmon silliness. (He's just not my thing. I recently, for example, watched Blake Edwards' The Great Race and was completely annoyed by the Lemmon idiocy at its twinned center.) But Mister Roberts was nothing of the kind: Just an old school, sentimental, whimsical Hollywood picture, co-directed by Mervyn LeRoy and John Ford.

My favorite bit of dialogue in the film:

William Powell: Ok, ok. Any minute now you'll start quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Henry Fonda: That's a lousy thing to say!

I found this thoroughly enjoyable.