The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Release Date - May 5, 1950 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

A middling but certainly amiable little romantic comedy, The Reformer and the Redhead might have been better if it had settled upon a better mix of political comedy and romantic entanglements. It's rather too lightweight for any serious political insight, and the mistaken identity animal subplot feels a bit tacked on; as a result, Reformer never really finds its footing. That's too bad, for while Norman Panama and Melvin Frank haven't created a screenplay that's overflowing with Shavian wit, they have at least provided a very suitable amount of gag lines and dependably comic situations. Equally important, they have set these lines and situations up with skill and precision, making theme come across with maximum comic impact. They're also blessed with a fine star duo in the husband-and-wife Dick Powell and June Allyson, each of whom plays his/her part with an ease that is quite admirable. Throw in delightful support from Cecil Kellaway, David Wayne, Marvin Kaplan, and others, and the result is a confection that's pleasing enough, if not one that's going to win any awards.