It Had to Be You (1947)

Article 5327 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 12-23-2016
Directed by Don Hartman and Rudolph Mate
Featuring Ginger Rogers, Cornel Wilde, Percy Waram
Country: USA
What it is: Romantic comedy

A socialite who has backed out of three marriages at the last minute is about to try for her fourth, but a man dressed as an Indian enters her dreams and tells her she’s the man she really loves… and then manifests himself in the real world.

The fact that this movie took so long to pop up on my hunt list made me suspect that whatever fantastic content it had was going to be too slight to catch the attention of the other guides which failed to mention it, but that’s not the case. As it turns out, though, the fantastic content here is significant; the character that appears remains a supernatural being, even after his real life equivalent makes an appearance as a second character (Cornel Wilde plays this dual role). I’m not big on romantic comedies (and they rarely come up in this series), but I rather liked this one; Ginger Rogers does a great job as the socialite with a commitment problem, and there are lots of fun actors in the supporting cast, including Spring Byington. Yes, it’s pretty silly, but I got a few laughs out of it; my favorite line is “I’d like to report a fire.”. I ended up enjoying this one much more than I expected I would.


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