Stylish, chic, and often witty, I LIVE MY LIFE is typical of the Crawford pictures of the era which parade her in several sophisticated outfits, give her some sharp lines to say and let her nibble, but not chew up, the scenery. Crawford is a devil-may-care New York debutante who is mired in
ennui. She travels to Greece and meets Aherne, a bright archaeologist with naught but disdain for the society crowd. Crawford finds him somewhat amusing and flirts a bit before making her way back to her life in the big city. Aherne mistakes her flirtations for something more serious and follows
her to the States. She introduces him to her hedonistic pals, and he is totally out of place in that milieu. Somewhat of a Socialist, Aherne puts them all down for their various practices. They are not insulted, just tolerant of this slightly-pink intellectual. Ralph, Crawford's grandmother, likes
Aherne and thinks he has something on the ball and might be able to lead Crawford out of her dissolute life. Aherne continues his courtship of Crawford and encounters some comic relief with Morgan, Crawford's blotto Dad, as well as Treacher and Blore doing their patented snobbish butler routines.
She finally relents and they are engaged, but, just before the wedding, they have a huge row and decide that they are from two different worlds. Aherne agrees to save her any embarrassment by showing up at the church and allowing himself to play the jilted swain. Need we tell you that Crawford
sees the folly of her ways and shows up at the house of worship? The wedding takes place, and the happy couple plan to spend the rest of their lives excavating artifacts in the Middle East. It was not one of Mankiewicz's best scripts, but there is enough brittle humor there to satisfy most people,
and Van Dyke's brisk direction takes care of the pace.
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- Review: Stylish, chic, and often witty, I LIVE MY LIFE is typical of the Crawford pictures of the era which parade her in several sophisticated outfits, give her some sharp lines to say and let her nibble, but not chew up, the scenery. Crawford is a devil-may-care… (more)