Julia Misbehaves (1948)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Aug 8, 1948 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Julia Misbehaves turns out to be a surprisingly good comedy -- surprising, given that its leads were not known for their comedic performances, and given that there are some contrivances in the screenplay that come close to derailing it several times. The major problematic contrivance is the film's setup -- can one really believe that as aggressive and assertive a character as Julia Packett would simply have gone along with her husband's wishes that she not see her own daughter for a decade and a half? Fortunately, Julia is such a charming little confection that most people will be willing to overlook such lapses of reason. Much of Julia's charm is due to its delightful leading lady. Greer Garson performs with a lovely, delicate touch, skipping (rather than jumping) through the hoops that the screenplay tosses in her way and making the proceedings quite merry indeed. Her participation in the acrobat sequence alone is worth the price of admission. If Walter Pidgeon is not quite as loose as his partner, neither is the character, and the chemistry he has with his co-star makes up for any comedic deficiencies on his part. Besides, with Mary Boland, Nigel Bruce, and Lucile Watson on hand, there's no need for Pidgeon to worry about the film coming up short on comic know-how. Throw in an incredibly youthful and lovely Elizabeth Taylor and an equally young and handsome Peter Lawford, and you have a delicious little soufflé of a movie.