Sunday, 5 July 2015
Bologna Diary Eight - Leo McCarey and Secret Men's Business
But back to Good Sam. Whatever may be hidden away in that 20 minute longer version that Paramount refuses to allow out, the movie on show really does resonate. Neighbours, friends, customers, the poor, the rich, the halt and the lame prey upon Sam (Gary Cooper) and his wife (Ann Sheridan) and the comedy zings. Just when you think it's going to turn in Sam's favour, McCarey hits him with another improbable zinger, right down to the woman who takes him back to her hotel room and mugs him. Maybe a masterpiece and certainly a movie which when combined with the earlier Woman on the Run (Norman Foster, USA, 1950) makes you think that there's a case to be made to put on an Ann Sheridan retro somewhere....
The 115 minute version of Good Sam is available on DVD from the US.