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Critic's Choice (1963)

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Starring (View all)
Bob Hope Bob Hope
Parker Ballantine
Lucille Ball Lucille Ball
Angela Ballantine
Marilyn Maxwell Marilyn Maxwell
Ivy London
Rip Torn Rip Torn
Dion Kapakos
Jessie Royce Landis Jessie Royce Landis
Charlotte Orr aka Charlie
John Dehner John Dehner
S.P. Champlain
Jim Backus Jim Backus
Dr. William Von Hagedorn
Ricky Kelman Ricky Kelman
John Ballantine


Written by
Ira Levin Ira Levin
play
Jack Sher Jack Sher
writer


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Critic’s Choice

1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 23 1:04
The final big screen pairing of Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, two indomitable performers and towering icons, is not worthy of rafter-shaking comedic talents. It plays not dissimilarly to an episode of I Love Lucy where she writes a questionably autobiographical novel and Ricky disapproves, only completely lacking in laughs and charms.   The premise is ripe for an Adam’s Rib style battle of the s... read more
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Description: Ira Levin wrote the stage comedy Critic's Choice as a good-natured retort to a comment made by critic Walter Kerr. In his essay How Not to Write a Play, Kerr noted that the worst possible scenario would involve a drama critic forced to review a play written by his wife (we should mention that Kerr's own wife was noted playwright Jean Kerr). Levin utilized this very scenario, and the result was a Broadway hit. Less successful artistically was the 1962 film version, though with Bob Hope and Lucille Ball as stars, the film couldn't help but clean up at the box office. Hope portrays theatrical critic Parker Ballantine, while Lucille ... (more)
Release date: 13 April 1963
Tags: 1963 (2), Broadway (1), Marriage Trouble (1), Cmoedy (1), Comedy (1), Critic (1), Screenplay (1), Plays (1)
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JxSxPx posted a review 1 year, 9 months ago

Critic’s Choice

“The final big screen pairing of Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, two indomitable performers and towering icons, is not worthy of rafter-shaking comedic talents. It plays not dissimilarly to an episode of I Love Lucy where she writes a questionably autobiographical novel and Ricky disapproves, only completely lacking in laughs and charms.   The premise is ripe for an Adam’s Rib style battle of the sexes, but no one’s interested in dynamic sparks or likable characters. Bob Hope is a self-important theater critic who’s quick to tarnish a production and takes glee with getting them closed, only to find his wife has taking up to writing a play. He thinks she might be a hack, she might be having an affair with her younger director (Rip Torn, looking hunky and too dangerous for this toothless ” read more

JxSxPx rated this 4/10 1 year, 9 months ago

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