Friday, October 08, 2010

Radio review – Lux – “Strictly Dishonorable” (1952) *

I’ve never read or seen Preston Sturges’ hit play – the one that launched his career – but I bet it’s balls were cut off by this MGM adaptation. A subsequent perusal of its synopsis after listening to this proved me correct. MGM turned this into crappy pro-virgin fluff about an opera singer who offends a hopeless student and has to fight off a scandal involving a dopey fan. No real funny lines or situations, and bad playing from Fernando Lamas (replacing Enzio Pinza, whose film career was killed off by the failure of this and Mr Imporium) and Janet Leigh, neither known for comedy.

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