Well, yesterday was Twelfth Night, and with that, the holiday season has come to its end again. (Yup, the Twelve Days of Christmas are after Christmas!) Surely we’ve all had copious free time to do viewing suggested to us by people on the internet, right? We couldn’t all have crammed it in at the last minute!
But, hey, last minute still counts, as long as it’s done. And so I’m not going to tell you exactly when I got to Design For Living, suggested to me by our own ZoeZ, because all that matters is that I did see it, and Netflix was wrong as far as I can tell that I already had. Or else I saw it so long ago that there’s just no remembering it now. I certainly can’t find a review for it, neither in my personal collection pulled off my old Rotten Tomatoes account nor on my Letterboxd.
There’s one there now, though, because I’m trying this year to get seriously back into logging movies, and that’s where my fuller thoughts on the movie are. Short version, I liked it, though it seems to have very little to do with the original play, based on a summary—I’ve never seen the original play, either. I wish they’d cast someone more charismatic than Gary Cooper, who’s wrong for a lighthearted pre-Code sex comedy, but the movie’s so fun that I’m willing to accept him anyway. And Miriam Hopkins has definitely gone onto the schedule. She’s the highlight of the movie, which also features such pre-Code standards as Edward Everett Horton and Franklin Pangborn.
So what about everyone else? Did you see your movies? Did you like them? Do they lift your spirits in a holiday sort of way?