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What's your favorite film by William Wyler?

Hell's Heroes
0 (0%)
Counsellor at Law
0 (0%)
The Good Fairy
0 (0%)
These Three
0 (0%)
Dodsworth
0 (0%)
Dead End
0 (0%)
Jezebel
1 (3.4%)
Wuthering Heights
0 (0%)
The Westerner
0 (0%)
The Letter
0 (0%)
The Little Foxes
1 (3.4%)
Mrs. Miniver
0 (0%)
The Best Years of Our Lives
8 (27.6%)
The Heiress
1 (3.4%)
Detective Story
0 (0%)
Carrie
0 (0%)
Roman Holiday
6 (20.7%)
The Desperate Hours
0 (0%)
Friendly Persuasion
0 (0%)
The Big Country
1 (3.4%)
Ben-Hur
2 (6.9%)
The Children's Hour
0 (0%)
The Collector
2 (6.9%)
How to Steal a Million
0 (0%)
Funny Girl
1 (3.4%)
Haven't seen any
5 (17.2%)
Don't like any
1 (3.4%)

Total Members Voted: 28

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Re: Wyler, William
« Reply #50 on: November 24, 2017, 09:13:42 PM »


The Gay Deception  (William Wyler, 1935)

Wyler directed this flimsy warmup for Roman Holiday the same year he made The Good Fairy, but there's a sharp difference in quality between the two. The screwball atmosphere of The Gay Deception feels unpolished, something no doubt attributable to the absence of Preston Sturges' voice in the script. Francis Dee is nearly as likable a performer as Margaret Sullavan, but her character here becomes annoying in the way that she continuously fights against the story we want to see. The setup is that Dee's character gets to be lady for a day month, having won five grand in a sweepstakes and determined to live life as a society dame until the money runs out. Francis Lederer, meanwhile, is a rich prince pretending to be otherwise, working undercover at the hotel as a bellhop. He takes an interest in Dee. The story should write itself from there, but it doesn't.

It's a shame that Irving Thalberg died before he could make Lederer the star he probably should have been. Someone certainly should have teamed him with Cary Grant in some sort of buddy comedy. That would have been amazing.

Grade: C+

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« Last Edit: November 24, 2017, 09:15:18 PM by pixote »
I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Wyler, William
« Reply #51 on: November 25, 2017, 06:02:59 AM »
I am giggling at the movie's title. It's early. I am an infant.

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Re: Wyler, William
« Reply #52 on: December 01, 2017, 07:29:51 PM »
The Best Years of Our Lives
Roman Holiday
Ben-Hur