Sunday, December 2, 2012

1951 - THREE GUYS NAMED MIKE, the enjoyable blandness of nothing films

This is a nothing of a romantic comedy.  Jane Wyman is the aspiring stewardess working for American Airlines.  She is very perky and a regular little chatterbox.  Jane is always in trouble with management because of her mild but wacky airplane shenanigans.  She meets up with three nice guys who want to marry her.  They are all named Mike, hence the title. 

Charles Walters was the director and it looks like he phoned this one in.  Walters may not have been the greatest stylist in the world but he did direct some successful films for MGM like, Good News, Lili, Easter Parade and High Society.  However you would be hard pressed to find anything that resembles a cinematic flourish in Three Guys Named Mike.  This is strictly a point the camera in the direction of the actors and shoot movie.

The real auteur of this film is the writer Sidney Sheldon.  Sheldon had a long career as a provider of light weight comedies.  Sheldon is probably best know as the writer and creator of the I Dream of Jeannie television series.  Towards the end of his career he pumped out semi racy novels like The Other Side of Midnight and Bloodline.

 Three Guys Named Mike is a Sidney Sheldon story all they way.  You know where it's going from the moment it starts till it's final scene but you still sit there watching to see how the damn thing is going to get to where it's going because it's so comforting in it's predictability kind of like every episode of I Dream of Jeannie.

90 minutes.

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