Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's A Great Feeling (1949) is a Great Movie

It`s a Great Feeling
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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.

63 comments:

Tom said...

I never heard of this one. Sounds good.

Dawn said...

Wonderful review Monty, It's a Great Feeling(1949) is one of my favorite movies. It really looks like the stars/cameos, are having a lot of fun. Jack Carson is very funny. Doris Day,she's so young and beautiful. If you are a Doris Day fan, this is a "Gotta See" movie :)

Lolita said...

Okay, this blog will help me to cure my Doris Day fright!

monty said...

That's great Lolita. I'm sure you will enjoy it here. Me and Dawn have lots of lively discussions here. And Dawn, meet Lolita. I invited her here today to show her how great Doris Day is.

Dawn said...

Welcome Lolita !! I hope you become a Doris day fan :)

Thank you Monty!! I'm planning on spotlighting your blog the first week in Jan.

monty said...

You said you were gonna spotlight my blog next month? Thanks. And I see where you saw I brought in a new fan..Lolita.

monty said...

I agree...so did you watch It's A Great Feeling the other day?

Dawn said...

i did.. i have it on DVD:)

Dawn said...

I loved Joan Crawford cameo and when says her short speech to Jack Carson before slapping his face. The same speach she gives to 'Ann Blythe' in Mildred Pierce before slapping her face.

monty said...

Oh yeah...and either Jack or Dennis ask why did you do that and she says I do that in all my pictures.

Dawn said...

I think Doris Day and Jack Carson did 3 movies together..

monty said...

Edward G Robinson had a funny cameo too. And Ronald Reagan. Pretty much everyone had a good bit.

Dawn said...

It was fun to see Doris Day as a brunette, french girl

Dawn said...

for me the cameos were one of my favorite scenes in the film.

monty said...

They were..it was cool because you kept guessing who is gonna pop up next? Jane Wyman passing out and then waken by her daughter was great.

Dawn said...

my favorite line in the movie was when Jack said "He is so off key he needs a compass to get back"

monty said...

The sparring between Jack and Dennis was good too, with poor old Doris caught in the middle.

Dawn said...

yes..they really razed each other:)

monty said...

I loved the gag when she would twinkle her eyes and they play that quirky music.

Dawn said...

i thought doris day's best scene in the film, is when she is playing his real life pregnant wife. to get dennis to sign the contract.

Dawn said...

yes.. i almost thought nuts and bolts were gonna come out of her head.:)

monty said...

And you know it was great that everyone had a good time making this movie...and it didn't make fun of Hollywood, it just showed that we could laugh along with all the stars too.

Dawn said...

i also enjoyed the scenes where they constantly put judy where trent can see her every where he goes. then he starts to think he is going crazy.

Dawn said...

it did seem like they were having a good time making this movie.

Dawn said...

were you surprised at the ending??

monty said...

Oh yes that was quite funny. And the poor man at the train station dealing with information on Gurkey's Corners had me laughing out loud.

Dawn said...

the train station scene was great..

Dawn said...

before I forget.. this movie comes on again feb.15th.

monty said...

Hey I was just checking out your new change on esther Williams page. Looks fantastic. I left a comment that if you needed me to contribute some stuff I am more than ready to do so. I'm not too knowledgeable on Esther but I have seen a few of her films and loved them. Just grant me a learning curve and I should do ok.

Dawn said...

what did you think of jack's singing voice?

monty said...

It through me for a second when he got up there to show Doris how it's suppose to be done and I couldn't help but laugh. especially when they showed the footage to the producer with Jack's voice dubbed in when Doris was singing. Too funny.

monty said...

thank you for the invite about Esther.

monty said...

Oh the cameo at the end by Errol Flynn was classic. And was it my imagination or did the look on his face say he really didn't want to get married.

Dawn said...

thank you for joining.:)

Dawn said...

lol.. i dunno .. maybe a man would notice that..;)

Dawn said...

have you seen glass bottom boat?

monty said...

touche. And I wish Hollywood had made more films like this..just a great way to enjoy a movie I think

monty said...

Glass Bottom Boat is one of Doris films I haven't seen. But once I saw it was coming on TCM next month, I knew I would have an opportunity to see it.

Dawn said...

Me too..just a fun movie to enjoy with a bowl of popcorn.

Dawn said...

i can't wait for you to see it. i really think you are gonna like it..

monty said...

And I see where you rank it as your 3rd favorite Day movie, so it must be really good.
Which brings me to an interesting question you could ask in a poll on here. What decade do you most like of Doris Day films: the 40's, 50's, or 60's. What do you think? I'm gonna have to think about it for awhile because honestly I don't know.

monty said...

I mean the 50's were her most prolific but the 60's produced a lot of classic comedies. She only did a few films in the 40's but it's still a tough call to make.

Dawn said...

awesome poll question.. i will work on it..:)

monty said...

Cool Dawn. I do believe this page will grow and become something special in time.

Dawn said...

Romance on the High Seas (1948)is my all time favorite movie of doris..so i dunno..

Dawn said...

thank you Monty, with your help.. i know it will. Thanks for being part of it..

monty said...

In addition to Boat, these are the films of Doris that I have yet to see: Caprice, Do Not Disturb, Romance on the High Seas, The West Point Story, Lullaby of Broadway, The Winning Team, Young at Heart, I'll See You In My Dreams, My Dream Is Yours. So you see I've got a lot of catching up to do.

monty said...

You're welcome Dawn. And I was thinking of doing a blog solely about screwball comedies. But I definitely would need help with that. Couldn't do it by myself. Are you interested?

Dawn said...

i have not seen, Caprice, Do Not Disturb, the West Point Story, Lullaby of Broadway, The Winning Team.

monty said...

Cool, thanks. So we have about 5 films of Doris that we haven't seen. Hopefully TCM will start airing more of her films. And I probably won't start that new blog until January.

Dawn said...

ok.. just let me know..

monty said...

And back to It's A Great Feeling, it was great seeing Jack Carson in a lead role. I truly believe he was very underrated as an actor. I thought he was very talented in all kinds of genres: comedy, drama, western, action.

monty said...

And you won't believe it but we just hit our 60th comment for our discussion. Time goes by so fast when you talk about something you and someone else agree on.

Dawn said...

i agree, jack was an awesome actor.. i think my favorite film of his was Mildred Pierce.

monty said...

That's right he was in that film. Good choice. I thought he gave one of his best performances in Cat on a Hot Tin roof, but kinda got overshadowed by Taylor and Newman.

Dawn said...

That's right he was.. Cat On a Hot Tin Roof is an awesome movie.

monty said...

And this is going back to one of his earlier roles...as a would be suitor for either Lucille Ball or Eve Arden in Stage Door. Do you remember his part in that? It's been awhile since I seen it..I think he was dating Lucille and Eve asked did he have a friend or I may have the two confused. Anwyay he was pretty good in that early role.

Dawn said...

i dont think i have seen Stage Door..
he was also in the movie Phffft(1954)and Dangerous when Wet(1953).

Dawn said...

oh.. yeah... arsenic and old lace (1944)

monty said...

Oh you gotta see Stage Door sometime. The cast is simply one for the ages: Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Adolphe Menjou, Eve Arden, and Jack Carson. Simply fabulous. I vaguely remember Phffft with Jack Lemmon right? And I have seen Dangerous When Wet.

Dawn said...

sounds like a really good movie.. i'm a fan of everyone in the cast. i do not know how it got past me..yes, Pffft is with jack lemmon..

monty said...

Speaking of co-stars, I just saw Dennis Morgan the other night in Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck. Love that movie. There is something about Stanwyck that makes her a favorite of mine. I plan to do my top 20 actresses next month and you will see where my faves rank. I recently did one for the men. Have you ever ranked your favorites?

Dawn said...

I like barbara stanwyck too. no, i have not pu together a list..but gene tierney might be one of my all time favorites..