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Me and My Gal (1932)
May 20, 2011, 9:07 pm
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Director: Raoul Walsh

A fast-paced screwball comedy with a gangster subplot, Me and My Gal is demonstrative of Raoul Walsh’s pre-Code pictures in that it deals frankly with sexuality whilst laughing off prohibition and, for that matter, the government at large. Joan Bennett steals the picture as the wise-cracking waitress who chomps gum with her mouth open and won’t cave in to Spencer Tracy’s romantic advances until she’s modulated his every behavior to meet her standards. The most memorable scene is one that parodies the play “Strange Interlude”, famous for it’s use of soliloquy. While Bennett and Tracy make small talk, Walsh utilizes a voiceover that reveals what the characters are really thinking (familiar of many later pictures, including the subtitles of Annie Hall). There are also some effective suspense sequences in which a locked-in father-in-law, who can only communicate through blinking, tries to inform the lovers that a prison escapee is in the attic.

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