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Woman Chases Man (1937)
June 23, 2012, 6:40 am
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Director: John G. Blystone

The history behind Woman Chases Man is inarguably more interesting than the film itself. Ever-stubborn, Samuel Goldwyn fought to have the picture made for some time, despite a reportedly lousy series of scripts, several directors leaving the project, and Miriam Hopkins herself begging not to star in it. Eventually, John Blystone would be the one to direct the screenplay credited to Joseph Anthony, Manuel Seff, and David Hertz, and one can hardly imagine what all the commotion was about. The screwball comedy seems about par for the course at the time – nothing exceptional, but certainly not the disaster that one might have expected. Hopkins and co-star Joel McCrea, who starred alongside each other in a total of four films the year previous, are both game, with McCrea being intelligently cast as a bit of a dullard until he’s had too much to drink. The early-goings are fairly standard and only invite the occasional chuckle, but the third act involves a welcome set piece that leaves an impression: McCrea and Hopkins’ reach the literal peak of silliness when they find themselves cozying up in a treetop together.

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