Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Step Away from "The Biggest Loser" and Switch to TCM

As if to make up for last month's ill-advised Ricardo Montalban marathon, Turner Classic Movies is showing "The More the Merrier" tonight as part of their 31 Days of Oscar: Urban Housing block of programming. Besides featuring one of Jean Arthur's best performances, this George Stevens comedy about the housing shortage in World War II boasts one of the most romantic scenes I've ever seen in any movie, as a woozy Arthur tries to resist her attraction to one of her boarders (played by the always brilliant Joel McCrea). The scene is on YouTube -- everything ever recorded in the history of the universe is apparently available on YouTube -- but you have to see it in the context of the movie to get the full effect.

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