Free Movie Suggestion: “The Happy Thieves” (1961)
I’ve always admired Rex Harrison as an actor. Yes, he had an iconic voice, bastardized by Stewie Griffin, but he was also suave, humorous, and tragic. My two favorite films of his are Preston Sturges’ “Unfaithfully Yours” and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”, which I suggested in a past post. If you’re new to Rex Harrison and want to see him at his best, watch those two. If you wish to see a confusing, often dull, art caper, then watch “The Happy Thieves”.
I’m not fair since this is a good movie and worth watching thanks to Mr. Harrison and an always fetching Rita Hayworth. Though, the plot was a bit difficult to follow, and I’m not sure if the situation would be as charming and playful as the music suggested.
George Marshall, the film’s director, had been making movies for a long time when he made this one, and I’m not sure if it shows. So why did I watch it? Because I had the place to myself on a Saturday night, and I did what any 24-year-old man would do in that situation, watch an art caper starring Rex Harrison.
“The Happy Thieves”
Director: George Marshall
Writers: John Gay (screenplay), Richard Condon (Novel)
Starring: Rex Harrison, Rita Hayworth, Joesph Wiseman, Alida Valli
Plot: “A suave art thief romances a wealthy duchess, only to enable him to steal a priceless painting from her collection. Complications ensue.” – Via IMDB
If you’re interested in more movie suggestions, or just need something to stream on Netflix, scroll through my past posts.