Bringing Up The Awful Truth About My Addiction to Love at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

It’s strange to have grown up in an era where romantic comedies rapidly fell in and out of fashion. Going back and watching films like Bringing Up Baby and The Palm Beach Story brings home how the genre has evolved over the years.When I watch classic era films I often imagine them with certain 1990’s marquee superstars involved. Blame it on You’ve G@t Mail. If Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan could pay homage to The Shop Around the Corner, why couldn’t Hanks and George Clooney feud over Pfeiffer in a tribute to The Philadelphia Story?There’s no question that Tom was James Stewart’s heir apparent, and Michelle would have been a sweet proposition as his manic Katharine Hepburnesque foil. I hyperventilate at the thought of Pfeiffer adopting the voice. You know, the no nonsense, tough dame voice that you don’t hear anywhere in modern cinema.While we’re in Katharine Hepburn territory, might as well touch on Bringing up Baby. Hawks was clearly having a ball, Hepburn turned her persona on its head, and Cary Grant got to do all kinds of crazy schtick, which adds to the fun. It’s almost as much fun watching Clooney unleash his inner Cary Grant in a comedy.The trend of classic influenced comedies pretty much came and went in a 5 or 6 year period in the 90s. Meg Ryan was an enormous and influential part of the trend. As a cross between Jean Harlow, and Carole Lombard she would have charmed Clooney out of his loafers, if she’d been given half a chance.It might seem contrary to declare Michelle Pfeiffer the scion of the screwball queens of yore, then write about Meg as though the title belonged to her. The awful truth is I wouldn’t be able to get through the day if I couldn’t relate and compare these two to each other… looks-wise, laughs-wise, and other-wise.


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12 responses to “Bringing Up The Awful Truth About My Addiction to Love at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

  1. The Philadelphia Story would be pfantastic with Michelle and this cast – she’d do equally well in High Society with her great singing voice. Who would you cast with her then?

  2. Great post 🙂 Does Michelle Pfeiffer top Meg Ryan or is it the reverse? My answer to the question is (like yours) too difficult to answer 🙂 It reminds me of that line in Barry Levinson’s Diner – “Which do you prefer, Sinatra or Mathis?” Unlike Boogie’s answer (he answered with Elvis Presley), my answer to both that question and the Pfeiffer/Ryan debate would be both of them. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    P.S. I love Elvis Presley’s music as well 🙂

  3. Thanks. Even though Michelle Pfeiffer may well have been the most beautiful movie actress alive, I still can’t go against Meg. She defined gamine for me. Any match-up of these two is difficult for me to call as they both possessed overwhelming beauty, luminosity, style, allure and personality.

  4. Michael

    With regards to your last line about comparing Meg and Michelle constantly—it’s the best way to get yourself through any day, my pfriend. Keep it up. Loved this post.

    • Thanks my pfriend. I’m sure you think I’m pretty silly to compare anybody to Michelle Pfeiffer. I really should give it a rest.
      P.S. I have enjoyed your recent posts, as often happens though I’m devoid of anything interesting to add. Keep up the good work.

  5. As you started speaking of why Tom Hanks & George Clooney couldn’t have feud over Michelle Pfeiffer in a remake of The Philadelphia Story (or even a, let’s say, remake of the musical remake, High Society – as we all know how well Pfeiffer can sing) I was wondering if you were aware of the #Premake and #PremakeaMovie trend going on, on Twitter!!
    Am on it myself!! Ha!!
    So what am doing is, taking movies from this century (2001 onwards) that I love, or at least think are really good, and posting a premake of it with a director and cast from the previous century, with a collage/still/poster suitable for it.
    You can do the same, with either modern films starring your favourite stars, and making premakes with stars of the golden age of cinema (like you’ve mentioned – Jean Harlow, and Carole Lombard); or take latest movies not starring your favourite femme’s, and set those in the 90’s with Michelle Pfeiffer and Meg Ryan!!
    Enjoy!! 🙂

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