Director: Howard Hawks
Original Release: 1941
Choice: My Wife's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
According to Netflix, I'd seen this movie before, though I didn't remember it too well - surprising as I was quite charmed by it this time. I've never thought much of Cooper as an actor, despite his association with a certain Iowa college that is dear to my heart. I've always seen him as stiff in comparison to his contemporaries. Stanwyck is delightful, though, her performance earning an Oscar nomination. Sugarpuss refers to Bertram as Pottsie, a joke, I think, on her performance in The Lady Eve earlier the same year in which she called Henry Fonda's character Hopsie in much the same tone of voice. The supporting cast is strong, too, especially the seven other professors, intended as a spoof on Snow White's dwarves.
The main selling points for me are a couple of musical performances. Gene Krupa and his band play back up for Sugarpuss, though the real highlight is Krupa's solo riff on a matchbox. The professors also sing a lovely a capella rendition of "Sweet Genevieve."