I Love You Again

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

A very funny screwball comedy with a refreshing idea behind it and equally sparkling performances. Powell and Loy are reunited in a film that has nothing at all to do with their highly successful THIN MAN series. Powell is a businessman whose wife, Loy, wants a divorce because Powell is such a dour bore. While on a cruise, the drunken McHugh falls overboard,...read more

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A very funny screwball comedy with a refreshing idea behind it and equally sparkling performances. Powell and Loy are reunited in a film that has nothing at all to do with their highly successful THIN MAN series. Powell is a businessman whose wife, Loy, wants a divorce because Powell is

such a dour bore. While on a cruise, the drunken McHugh falls overboard, dragging Powell with him. When they are pulled from the water, Powell is thought to be a hero, but an oar cracks his head and he is jolted out of nine years of amnesia. We now discover (as does Powell) that he is not a

conservative businessman at all. It turns out that he was a wild con man often in trouble with the law. He is just as amazed as he can be to learn that he is a respectable citizen. Rather than make that known, he decides to use his criminal abilities, and his solid citizen image to bilk a bunch of

people, then hightail it for other parts. When he meets Loy he doesn't recall ever marrying her, but he falls in love with her again. She tries to convince him that they had agreed upon a divorce but he won't hear of it. Now he starts to woo her, and she is at first repelled and then attracted to

his more daring ways. He eventually confesses his background to her and promises to stay on the right side of the law. Suddenly, he is accidentally hit on the head again and we wonder which Powell will come out of the faint. It's the right one and he and Loy begin a new life together. A lot of

laughs and some fine direction by Van Dyke make this a sleeper film that shouldn't be missed. Robert Blake and Alfalfa Switzer do well in their brief roles. The dialog includes many sharp exchanges, such as Powell saying to Loy "You turn my head," when trying to woo her again and she retorting:

"I've often wished I could turn your head--on a spit over a slow fire." A good example of how to make a comedy without wasting one word of script or one foot of film. Excellent editing by Ruggiero keeps this moving at a perfect rhythm.

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