Review: ‘Getting Gertie’s Garter’

Plot is no more plausible on the screen than it was on the stage [in the play by Wilson Collison and Avery Hopwood] but the sheer frenzy of the slapstick are certain for chuckles.

Plot is no more plausible on the screen than it was on the stage [in the play by Wilson Collison and Avery Hopwood] but the sheer frenzy of the slapstick are certain for chuckles.

O’Keefe is seen as the now-married scientist seeking to recover a jeweled garter which he had given a pre-marriage sweetie. The ex-love, about to marry O’Keefe’s best friend, decides she should keep the garter – just in case – and her concealment, plus the scientist’s frenzied efforts to recover it without his wife finding out, keeps the young man in continual hot water. Comedy is emphasized by the many compromising situations the search leads to and the misunderstandings that develop.

Marie McDonald matches O’Keefe in the comedy as Gertie. Her work indicates plenty of promise. Sheila Ryan also is seen to advantage as the wife who misunderstands her husband’s antics. Barry Sullivan shows well as the fiance.

Getting Gertie's Garter

Production

United Artists. Director Allan Dwan; Producer Edward Small; Screenplay Allan Dwan, Karen De Wolf, Joe Bigelow; Camera Charles Lawton Jr; Editor Grant Whytock, Walter Hannemann, Truman K. Wood; Music Hugo Friedhofer; Art Director Joseph Sternad

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 72 MIN.

With

Dennis O'Keefe Marie McDonald Barry Sullivan Binnie Barnes J. Carrol Naish Sheila Ryan
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