Posing the problem of a wife who finds - on their fifth wedding anniversary - that her husband is absorbed in business and taking his marital relations for granted, Skylark proceeds to develop a sparkling farce.
Posing the problem of a wife who finds – on their fifth wedding anniversary – that her husband is absorbed in business and taking his marital relations for granted, Skylark proceeds to develop a sparkling farce.Picture carries several basic changes in story structure from Samson Raphaelson’s original tale which appeared as a SatEvePost serial, a book, and play. But revisions are decidedly advantageous in the transposition to the screen. Under skillful guidance of Mark Sandrich as producer-director, story unfolds at a zestful pace, accentuating the comedic episodes to the utmost. Claudette Colbert’s performance of the wife (stage role created by Gertrude Lawrence), around whom the motivation revolves, is of high merit, and player takes advantage of every line and situation for delightful exposition. Ray Milland is topnotch as the business-absorbed advertising executive; Brian Aherne catches attention as the suave ‘other man’.
Paramount. Director Mark Sandrich; Producer Mark Sandrich; Screenplay Allan Scott; Camera Charles Lang Jr; Editor LeRoy Stone; Music Victor Young
(B&W) Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 92 MIN.
Claudette Colbert Ray Milland Brian Aherne Binnie Barnes Walter Abel
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