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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Movie Review: Three Guys Named Mike (1951)

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Today I'm writing about a movie I watched for a special occasion (you know me, I'm making to read to the bottom to find out what it was) which I really wasn't expecting it

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning. This is spoiler free!


Three Guys Named Mike (1951):
Based on: 'the story by Ruth Brooks Flippen, from suggestions made by Ethel 'Pug' Wells" (from Wikipedia)
"God didn't mean people to be strangers and with commercial aviation people all over the world are becoming neighbors."
Marcy Lewis is starting her job as an airline stewardess. She is a girl with a bubbling personality and millions of ideas streaming out of her all the time. Throughout her travels she meets three guys in different situations, who all are attracted to her and all happen to be named Mike! Where will Marcy's ideas get her next, and who will be with her?
Genres: Comedy, Romance.
Length: approx. 90 minutes.
Costumes: 7, standard clothing and uniforms. There is a scene where an outfit is really short, but it's part of the story, and is only there for a few minutes anyway.
Costumes by: Helen Rose.
Script: 10, no bad words or swearing!
Crew: Directed by: Charles Walters. Written by: Sidney Sheldon. Ruth Brooks Flippen, Ethel Wells.
Starring:
Jane Wyman as Marcy Lewis.
Van Johnson as Michael Lawrence.
Howard Keel as Mike Jamison. "I feel like a flying busboy."
Barry Sullivan as Mike Tracy.
Phyllis Kirk as Kathy Hunter.
Anne Sargent as Jan Baker.
Jean "Jeff" Donnell as Alice Raymend.
Barbara Billingsley as Ann White.
John Maxwell as Dr. Matthew Hardy.
Herbert Heyes as Scott Bellemy.
Robert Sherwood as Benson.
Percy Helton as Mr. Hawkins.
Bonnie Kay Eddy as Natalie.
Don McGuire as MacWade Parker.
Hugh Sanders as Mr. Wiliams.
Ethel 'Pug' Wells as Herself.
Sydney Mason as Osgood.
Cinematography: 9, while it's nothing spectacular, I was so impressed by all the airplane shots! Now we don't think much about people getting on an airplane, but this was made in 1951, when it wasn't as common! I can't recall many other movies this early to feature shots from an airplane with landings and such, so I thought that was neat.
Cinematography by: Paul C. Vogel.
Music: 7, nothing memorable if there was any.
Music by: Bronislau Kaper.
Quotability: N/A, because I just watched it for the first time so recently.
"In every class that you teach someone will remember something you say, and because of it his life will be changed a little and he'll change someone else's life, and that way you become projected into the future."
Content: 8, smoking, a few lines of innuendo, and one suggestive situation at the end, but that's it!
Originality: 9, I know that there are a few later comedies that focus on aviation (most famously Airplane (1980)), but this one seemed so original to me! I really liked Marcy's character, and everything with the story was just fun to watch.
Good For: Fans of the actors.
Age Range: I think absolutely any age could watch this and get a kick out of it! Very decent for all.
Overall Score: 8!
Worth watching?: Yep! Marcy was such a relatable protagonist! Not that most people have three guys loving them, but with how she handles situations. She messes up, sometimes in really big ways, but she isn't a bad person. She always tries to fix her mistakes and is so friendly to everyone. Just something about her struck me as being great.
"What I did was right, it just turned out wrong."
Will I watch again?: You know what? I will! It was a fun way to spend my time and I can see myself watching it multiple times in the future.


For the blogathon:
Remember that special occasion I mentioned earlier? Well, this is my contribution to The Forth Van Johnson Blogathon!
I first heard of Van Johnson during the first blogathon in his honor, and after that I realized that I had seen some films with him and began looking for new ones specifically with him in it.

I was having trouble deciding which movie to talk about for this blogathon, but I'm so glad I chose this one! His character in here was so sweet. One of my favorite parts was when a little girl, Natalie, asked another character about him: "Don't you think he's handsome?"


Check HERE for other posts about Van! Thank you to Michaela for hosting this!

Thanks to all of my readers for, well, reading! Tell me if you've seen anything with Van Johnson! Best wishes to you all!

MovieCritic

6 comments:

  1. This looks so cute! It's always fun getting to see more Van.

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    1. It is! I didn't know about him a few years ago, but now I can't get enough of him!

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  2. Help! You rated the music as 7 and didn't even remember if there's even w as any πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I loved that.

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    1. XD Yeah, about that...it's a bad habit of mine fit putting a 7 either when I'm just neutral or don't remember. Lately I've been saying N/A, but I forgot on this one! Whoops! XD

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  3. I love this movie so much. I actually watched it as part of my movie marathon on Van's birthday. It's just so cute and funny and unassuming. And Van is absolutely adorable throughout.

    Thanks for bringing this wonderful film to my blogathon!

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    1. It is that exactly! One of those wholesome Van movies that just make you feel so good! He is a sweetheart.

      Absolutely! I'm glad that I was on time with it. Thanks for hosting!

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