Joy of Living ( 1938 )

FERNANDO’s CORNER:  Posted on August 15th, 2015

JOY OF LIVINGI revisited another RKO Radio released in 1938 starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., but this time opposite the grand lady of the screen Irene Dunne: “JOY OF LIVING” ( 1938 ). I have to admit that I enjoyed it this time more than the first time that I saw it. It’s a comedy that is amazingly reminiscent of Harlow’s “Bomb-shell” ( 1933 ) in a way, because Irene plays a very famous stage star who’s surrounded by her selfish family of leeches, who take advantage of her position and money.

JOY OF LIVING ( III )

Alice Brady and Guy Kibbee are her no good  ob-noxious parents and Lucille Ball is her selfish, self-centered sister, married to a moron and the mother of two spoiled brats. The only sensible person in Dunne’s life is her no-nonsense assistant, played winningly by Jean Dixon. Fairbanks Jr., who plays a blue-blooded free-spirit is infatuated by her and comes to the rescue. The two leads are in great form and they have a huge chemistry and lots of fun in several funny sequences.

JOY OF LIVING ( IV )

JOY OF LIVING ( V )   JOY OF LIVING ( VI )

SUTS ( DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS Jr. )
REGISTER MARK ( II )        ( DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS Jr., TCM Star of the Day August 15th 2015  )

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