Friday, October 8, 2010

The Egg and I (1947)

On their wedding night Bob informs his new bride Betty that he has bought a chicken farm. [imdb]

Nominated for 1 Oscar:

Best Supporting Actress: Marjorie Main

In an evening without internet I went back to see what films I had stored here and The Egg and I was one of them. I wanted something that wasn't complicated, Oscar-connected and rather enjoyable. The Egg and I is a silly film, but with some funny moments. The last part was problematic, but overall I got what I expected.
Claudette Colbert is too old for the part, but somehow she manages to make it work and delivers a funny & sweet performance. However, the most charming performance easily comes from Marjorie Main as Ma Kettle (a role that she recreated in 7 other movies following this, I think). I don't know if it really was Oscar calibre, but she was definitely funny and very natural.
My rating for the film: 5.5/10. The last chapter is the least attractive, rather boring and spoils a bit the experience. But the film had potential.


  1. Why don't they make gentle comedies like this anymore? And could you imagine the Academy going for one if they did?

  2. I think this genre is dead.

    and i'm not even sure it would work nowadays. Even though there's that film with Tom Hanks and Shelley Long from 86 I think, in which they buy a house and it proves to be a mess... I thought that film was hilarious. and it came close to The Egg and I...