Bringing Up Maggie?

The past gets forgotten. Films get forgotten. That’s the way of the world. Even great films that were hits back in their day fall through the cracks. One such is What’s Up, Doc? which premiered at Radio City Music Hall on this date in 1972.What’s Up, Doc? was inspired lunacy. It was a screwball comedy in the great tradition of screwball comedies. The film is basically Bringing Up Baby crossed with Looney Tunes, with Ryan O’Neal playing the Cary Grant role, Barbra Streisand as his manic Katharine Hepburnesque foil and Madeline Kahn, in her film début, stealing the show as O’Neal’s prim and proper fiancée Eunice.Watching What’s Up, Doc? does feel like watching a film that got away from Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Streisand’s Judy Maxwell seems such a kindred spirit to Addicted to Love‘s Maggie, it’s just a shame the stars of Joe Versus the Volcano never got to make their own version of Bringing up Baby way back then.How about the same film with Michelle Pfeiffer cast as Hanks’ controlling fiancé, and Meg as the screwball temptress who may well come between them. Michelle had the dry-humoured poise, Maggie the dizzy energy; together they would have been unstoppable. A true collision of cinematic matter and anti-matter.

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3 responses to “Bringing Up Maggie?

  1. It’s one of the best films ever made and unimaginable without that cast! Heresy!

  2. Great post 🙂 Everything you said in that last paragraph echoed my thoughts completely 🙂 Speaking of Howard Hawks, how would you have casted something like Man’s Favorite Sport? Would you cast Michelle Pfeiffer or Meg Ryan in the lead? 🙂 Also, just out of pure fun (If this is possible), who would you cast for Alison Steadman’s role in Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party? 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    • Hi John, thanks for your interest and the continuing casting conundrums. I’d have Michelle playing the eponymous Abigail, her English accent would be impeccable. As for Man’s Favourite Sport, it’s a doozy. I’d give Meg the Paula Prentiss role of Abigail Page, Pfeiffer could fill the shoes of Maria Perschy as Isolde “Easy” Mueller. I’m not sure which man could play the foil to those two hyperactive Hawksian women.

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