A few days ago I had yet another Vintage meets Present moment. I actually have a lot of those. There was nothing interesting to watch on television – I also have a lot of those moments recently – so I decided it was dvd time: Classic Hollywood o’clock. Although watching dvd’s is also considered vintage these days. I was in the mood to watch a good old comedy that I hadn’t watched before, so I decided to watch the movie Monkey Business. So what kind of movie is it and more importantly: is the movie worth watching?
The movie Monkey Business has a few great names of the Golden Hollywood era Cary Grant and Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe. The movie is about a nutty professor (Cary Grant), who is always a little scattered. His wife is basically his living calendar and brings a little structure in his life. The professor and his team are looking for a formula that will make you younger (see, even that started more than 50 years ago). They test their formulas on animals in the lab to analyse the results of new innovative formulas. One smart monkey escapes and instead of the professor, the monkey finds the formula to the fountain of youth. The monkey’s innovative formula ends up in the drinking water and when people starting drinking from it the true fun begins.
This is one of the first movies that I’ve seen of Ginger Rogers in her later career. I must say that Grant’s clumsy charm and Roger’s spicy attitude went very well together. Didn’t expect that at the beginning of the movie. The movie has a nice reference to Ginger Roger’s incredible dancing skills. Cary Grant is always great in his role as his charming, scattered self. And Marilyn has a role as the lovely secretary.
The cover of the dvd included a large picture of Marilyn Monroe on top. So I assumed that Marilyn Monroe would have a leading role here, but that was not the case. I was actually slightly disappointed about the misleading DVD cover. However, Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers made up for it big time. Therefore, I believe they were the ones who should be starring on the cover. But…that’s just a little side note. You have to have something to nag about, right?
If you feel like watching a light, Classic Hollywood comedy: yes. If you’re a newbie in the world of Vintage Hollywood this is a nice, light movie to start with. Obviously this movie is in black and white, but that doesn’t spoil the fun. Don’t expect an incredible plot in this movie, it’s really a classic comedy. First class entertainment with a lot of #instagood Classic Hollywood vibes. I collected a few moments that stayed with me as I was watching the movie (with Dutch subtitles). Let’s take a look shall we?
If a man helps you cover your behind when your dress reveals a little more than you think, he’s a keeper
Rudolph was not just a reindeer
If your lady has this saucy sense of humor, she’s a keeper
True monkey business
I am still looking for one of these unbreakable stockings
THAT Classic Hollywood car scene
Once again, I would like to nominate this one as the funniest one of the movie
And finally: good pick-up line: