music friday: 2002
crazy rich asians (john m. chu, 2018)

behave yourself! (george beck, 1951)

Sometimes I watch these obscure movies where the trivia is more interesting than the movie. To get the movie out of the way, Behave Yourself! is a mystery/farce featuring counterfeiters, Farley Granger and Shelley Winters as a rather naive married couple, and a dog. The movie itself is pretty much a dog, too. So, to the trivia.

The ad campaign for the movie included a Vargas drawing of Shelley Winters in negligee. This was when Winters was still in her "Blonde Bombshell" days.

This was the only film directed by George Beck, who otherwise worked as a writer. I have no idea how he ended up directing this one. It shows no real personality I can ascertain.

Winters and the bisexual Granger had a lifelong relationship. I'm not sure if this is where they met. Google is your friend if you want to know more about this.

In 1951, Granger was in Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. Winters was in A Place in the Sun, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Somehow, they managed to find time for Behave Yourself!.

The film is in the public domain, and is easy to find. The prints are crap ... at least the one I saw was.

Granger seems to be channeling Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace, which is unfortunate because 1) he's not as good as Grant at frantic farce, and 2) that was Grant at his worst. I've seen the relationship between the married couple played by Granger and Winters as reminiscent of Nick and Nora Charles, but that's ridiculous.

The supporting cast is full of That Guys: William Demarest, Lon Chaney Jr., Hans Conried, Elisha Cook Jr., Sheldon Leonard, King Donovan, Kathleen Freeman.

Behave yourself

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