Remember?, 1939, is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Saturday, June 22 at 6:30 a.m. Not closed captioned.
Greer Garson was a rising star in 1939 and this film was her follow up to “Goodbye Mr. Chips.” She had proved unexpectedly popular and the studio hurried this into production. Robert Taylor was in a slump after Lady of the Tropics and before Waterloo Bridge. Robert Osborne, on Turner Classic Movies, commented that the screenwriters were either extremely clever or drunk. I tend to the latter interpretation.
The plot involves a love triangle consisting of Taylor, Garson and Lew Ayres. Taylor steals Garson from his old friend Ayres and the two marry. Subsequently Taylor neglects Garson by concentrating on his career. When he misses the boat for their honeymoon, she leaves him and they begin a divorce. Ayres, either to get Garson back or to help the couple, slips each of them an amnesia drug, so that they forget the last six months. It works and, in a manner reminiscent of Groundhog Day, they repeat their initial meeting and fall in love again, marry again and leave poor Ayres in the dust.
The entire cast is very smooth and professional, with Taylor and Ayres both outshining the still new Garson. Supporting actors include Billie Burke and Reginald Owen, both of them doing their signature type of character. Sara Haden is excellent as Taylor’s secretary.
There is a lot of good dialog, some genuinely funny situations and the usual MGM high gloss. Remember? is like a good dessert: rich, tasty but not substantial. Review by me for IMDB.
Some behind-the scenes photos:
Left to right: Director Norman Z. McLeod, Robert Taylor, Lew Ayres; Ayres and Taylor; Taylor, McLeod, Greer Garson, Lew Ayres.
Scenes that didn’t make it into the film:
I love Robert Taylor. Thank you!
You’re welcome, Sharon. Me too, Thanks for writing. Judith
I just saw this movie and loved how funny and charming Robert was. I’m used to seeing him in more serious roles and this lighthearted side of him was just awesome to see. I wish he had done more roles like this. The movie itself is rather silly and unrealistic but, hey, it’s supposed to be entertainment. His expressions in some scenes were just hilarious. What I’d really like to find is a movie in color from his younger years. I’ve not been able to find one so far.
Hi, Wendy. I know someone was colorizing Waterloo Bridge but I don’t know how far they got. You might try You Tube if you’re interested. Have you seen When Ladies Meet? It’s a very good comedy. Judith
I haven’t seen that. I will definitely look it up! Thanks for the info and thanks for your great Robert Taylor blog. It’s awesome to be able to have so much information about him!
Wendy, you’re very welcome. I have fun doing it. Judith