Dec 2, 2022
This episode of our Jean Arthur Acteurist Oeuvre-view provides us with two examples of Hollywood leftism to discuss: a Norman Krasna department store comedy directed by Sam Wood, The Devil and Miss Jones (1941), and a comedy of ideas directed by George Stevens, The Talk of the Town (1942). We discuss the way The Devil and Miss Jones portrays political radicalism and the difficulty of labor organizing within the framework of a Hollywood fairy tale; and the marriage of moral and intellectual debate to an unconventional, utopic household arrangement in The Talk of the Town.
0h 1m 00s: THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES (1941) [dir. Sam Wood]
0h 43m 27s: THE TALK OF THE TOWN (1942) [dir. George Stevens]
* Listen to our guest episode on The Criterion Project – a discussion of Late Spring
* Marvel at our meticulously ridiculous Complete Viewing Schedule for the 2020s
* Intro Song: “Sunday” by Jean Goldkette Orchestra with the Keller Sisters (courtesy of The Internet Archive)
* Read Elise’s piece on Gangs of New York – “Making America Strange Again”
* Check out Dave’s Robert Benchley blog – an attempt to annotate and reflect upon as many of the master humorist’s 2000+ pieces as he can locate – Benchley Data: A Wayward Annotation Project!
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