Power's last attempt at comedy is a remake of a movie he made 12 years before, LOVE IS NEWS. The story also served as the book for the musical SWEET ROSIE O'GRADY in 1943. Power is again the newspaper reporter who has written a series of smarmy articles about the Doris Duke-type heiress
played by Gene Tierney (Loretta Young's role in the original), who has led a life filled with incidents. Tierney accompanies her aunt, Watson, and European count Gardiner to Sun Valley, Idaho, on a brief vacation. (Fox boss Darryl F. Zanuck liked Sun Valley and used it some years before as the
locale for SUN VALLEY SERENADE). Since Tierney has no idea what Power looks like, he uses a false name and takes her to a cabin where he tells her that he's a local reporter who is eager to help her clear her name. If she'll tell him the truth about her life, he'll make certain that those
scurrilous articles will be refuted. Naturally, they fall in love. When he leaves for New York, she learns his true identity and is livid, so she returns to Manhattan and tells the waiting members of the Fourth Estate that she and Power are married and that she has given him a great deal of money.
After the story appears in all the papers except Power's, city editor Gough flies into a rage and fires Power for holding out and allowing all of the other papers to scoop his own. The only way Power can get his job back is to talk Tierney into confessing. She refuses, saying turnabout is fair
play and now he knows how it feels to be on public display. Power thinks the only way he can disprove Tierney's claim of marriage is to actually get married, so he proposes to coworker Whelan. They get to the license bureau and are prepared to sign the necessary papers when Tierney arrives and
accuses Power of bigamy. Power is in a pickle and decides to play it out all the way. He goes to a society party that Tierney and Gardiner attend, and plays the role of the jealous husband. Later, Tierney says she is willing to tell Gough the truth now, rather than have more problems with Power.
The two are on their way to the newspaper when Tierney gets Power embroiled in a battle with some tough teamsters. While he's trying to get out of that, she eludes him. Power appeals to Gough and convinces him that the whole thing was a ruse on Tierney's part, so the editor backs Power and a libel
suit is filed against Tierney. She doesn't know this when, at last, she arrives at the paper's office to tell Gough the truth. When she is handed the summons, her response is to allow the trial to take place. In court, Power is depicted as a cad. During a recess, Power asks judge Lockhart if there
is any way that the jurist can make this "marriage" binding. Lockhart suggests that he consummate the union. Power races to Tierney's house, tells her that he really loves her, and their troubles dissolve in a clinch. Power was better in this version than in the original. The extra years added
strength and courage of conviction, so he played his part in a far more adult fashion. This was Tierney's best comedy performance.
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- Review: Power's last attempt at comedy is a remake of a movie he made 12 years before, LOVE IS NEWS. The story also served as the book for the musical SWEET ROSIE O'GRADY in 1943. Power is again the newspaper reporter who has written a series of smarmy articles ab… (more)