Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Salt Shaker - Leading Cause of Bloody Noses

Just in case you've actually never seen it, or would simply like to have a copy of it for your library, TCM is showing Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) tomorrow, July 12th, at 9:45 p.m. PDT (12:45 a.m. EDT). 

Smith is a fun movie and whereas Alfred Hitchcock is listed as the director, I have never thought of him as doing little more than saying Action and Cut when it came to Bob's and Carole's scenes.  They were, after all, two of the best comedic actors in the movies and Mr. Hitchcock was not a master of American comedies. 

               Bob and Carole Lombard in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

Best scenes (per this totally unbiased reviewer):  David and Ann return to Mama Lucy's for a romantic dinner (David: "I'd give five bucks to see that cat take a sip of that soup."); and the nightclub scene wherein David tries everything to avoid Ann's seeing him with his, errr, not classy date.  Bob's bit re giving himself a bloody nose with a salt shaker ... absolute perfection.


Debbie said...

This film is a treasure! I can't watch the "bloody nose- salt shaker" scene without laughing out loud. It doesn't matter how many times I see it (and I've seen it many, many, many times!) it still has the same effect on me. What a shame Bob and Lombard never had the chance to work together again. They were a perfectly matched pair. Just magic!

Kathy said...

The night club scene begins at 45' into the movie. The first thought of the bloodied-nose appears on David's face just after the 51' mark and the salt shaker is first noticed just after 52'. Yes, I've seen it a few times myself! And Bob's doing the pratfall into the snow toward the end ... compare that to the version he does in "June Bride." Actually, the later one is better. Something he practiced over the years????