Saturday, October 11, 2014
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
IMDb plot summary: Molly is an uneducated, poor, mountain girl who leaves her mountain cabin in search of a wealthy husband, respect and a better life.
Directed by Charles Walters. Starring Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley, and Jack Kruschen.
The songs for this were written by Meredith Willson, but this is no Music Man. There are a couple decent songs, and they're performed well, but none that really stand out. The plot is also pretty meandering, with an abrupt happy ending that feels like it comes out of nowhere. Debbie Reynolds has quite a few moments where she goes over-the-top in a way I didn't care for, especially in the first half, but the second half of the movie makes her seem much more like a normal person with a big personality. The brief montage of her in the lifeboats after the Titanic sank was actually the most interesting part of the movie, and it's a little disappointing that the uninteresting romance was made the center of the movie's story instead, when she was much less interesting.
One more random thing in the movie's favor, though: The cinematography is gorgeous. The final shot of the leading man's love song to Colorado is just beautiful. It was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Oscars that year, and with good reason. When I was bored with the story, I was at least able to enjoy that.
Overall, this had a lot of potential, but it doesn't quite come together overall, and I certainly couldn't recommend it to anyone.
Flickchart: #1365 out of 2235, below Water for Elephants and above The High and the Mighty.