Tuesday, December 15, 2009
It's A Great Feeling (1949) is a Great Movie
It`s a Great Feeling Photos
It's always a treat watching a movie for the first time and finding it to be a very enjoyable film. It's A Great Feeling is that type of movie. It's one of Doris Day's earlier movies, but it's also one of her best. She plays Judy Adams, who works in the Warner Bros commissary waiting for her big break. Judy hails from Gurkey's Corners, Wisconsin and is ready to become a star. At the studio, actor Jack Carson, who plays himself in a hilarious piece of meta acting, finds out no director or leading lady will work with him. So he decides to direct a picture himself with his good old buddy Dennis Morgan, also playing himself. But Morgan realizes Carson can't be trusted and decides not to do the picture. Well that places Jack in a tough situation because he has over extended himself on homes and cars. Jack finally convinces Dennis to work with him, so now they only need to find a leading lady. But no woman won't even go near Jack. In comes Judy, and the duo decides to make her a star. Of course they have to convince the producer of the film to sign off on her and that makes for some outrageous situations. It's a running gag that every time Judy appears before him, she twinkles her eyes really fast and the quirky music in the background plays really fast. The trio work great together and play off one another easy as pie. Carson as a field day playing himself. And Morgan is pretty good too. Day is a hoot in this early comedic role. But she also gets to belt out a couple of songs. And let's not forget all the amazing cameos by real life movie stars of the day like Danny Kaye, Jane Wyman, Edward G. Robinson, Patricia O'Neal, Gary Cooper, Ronald Reagan, Eleanor Parker and even top directors like King Vidor, Michael Curtiz, and Raoul Walsh. The best cameos are by Joan Crawford and Edward G. Robinson. They're a riot. Joan does a nice send up of her own image as she goes off on Carson and slaps him. He asks why did you do that, and Joan replies I do that in all my pictures and walks away. Hilarious. And another gag that is truly funny is that no one believes that the town of Gurkey's Corners exist. The bit at the train station when Judy tries to get a train home is inspired lunacy at it's best. It will remind you of a classic Marx Brothers routine. It's A Great Feeling is a wonderful musical comedy that manages to have audiences laugh with Hollywood, instead of laughing at it.