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Forever Darling

A movie with Lucy and Desi

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Surprisingly unfunny

  • Nov 1, 2008
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Susan and Larry Vega (Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) have been married for seven years and are beginning to go their separate ways. Scientist Larry has developed a new insecticide and wants go on a camping trip to Yosemite to test it on the local mosquitoes. Susan hates camping, but her guardian angel (who looks just like James Mason) convinces her to go along.

What a terrible movie. Coming only a year after the heartwarming and very funny The Long, Long Trailer, this movie suffers from a miserable script and even worse direction. While Desi plays an intelligent and admirable man, Lucy is a rich snob whose nagging and fault-finding are pathetic, not funny. The whole James Mason-Angel thing doesn't work at all. He doesn't have any purpose until the last minutes of the story and up until then he's kind of creepy. The story moves at a snail's pace and could have been done in thirty minutes - minus a lot of the mean-spirited marital bickering.

This is a surprisingly unpleasant movie from America's sweethearts, made just four years before their divorce.
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Director: Alexander Hall
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: February 9, 1956
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Helen Deutsch
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: Zanra Productions
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