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   MONKEY BUSINESS (1952) 

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CAST
Cary Grant
Ginger Rogers
Charles Coburn
Marilyn Monroe
Hugh Marlowe
Henri Letondal
Robert Cornthwaite
Larry Keating

DIRECTED BY
Howard Hawks

PURCHASE


DVD




Time: 97 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Comedy/Romance


SYNOPSIS: For years, Dr. Barnaby Fulton (Grant) has been working on a youth-restoring serum with little success – until the day a chimpanzee gets loose in the lab and accidentally concocts the exact formula Fulton has been searching for. Unbeknownst to anyone, the chimpanzee pours it into the office water cooler. With each successive drink, everyone gets younger and younger. When Fulton's stunning secretary (Marilyn Monroe) and lovely wife get a taste of the potion, the chemical reaction is explosive.

BOTTOM LINE: You'd think with a cast like this directed by an acclaimed comedy genius, that this would be a great movie. Well, think again. It's certainly not a horrible picture, it just never captures the right energy and consistent tone to be a great screwball comedy. It has all the proper elements – crazy plot, talented performers, quick dialogue and wild animals – it just doesn't quite come together to form a story or characters you care about.

It's not like Grant and Rogers don't have plenty of experience by this time in their careers in successfully acting foolish, it just seems tired and obvious here. His "discovery" of a fountain of youth a cheap ploy instead of a real plot. They try their hardest to be funny and at certain points they are, but you've seen this time of comedy done better which just makes the whole film drag on and on. Monroe actually gives one of her better performances, adding a light and sexy touch to the proceedings. Sure she's mainly there for show, but she makes the most of every moment.

It's pure childishness which some people may find funny. Me, not so much. Though the scene where Grant gathers a bunch of kids together to scalp his romantic rival was priceless. The talent of Grant and Rogers should have been put to better use. HIS GIRL FRIDAY would be a better use of your cinema time.






"Miss Laurel was just showing me her acetates."

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