Sturges biting the hand that feeds him. Hollywood was home to the greatest success Sturges ever knew, yet even he couldn't resist cataloguing its inanities and teeing off on all the cinematic artistes who think they're above the fluff of musicals and comedies and want to make "important" films. But comedies are important films, as fictional director Sullivan learns when he forsakes Ants in Your Pants of 1939 for Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? and winds up on a Southern chain gang, convicted of murdering himself! McCrea's choicest performance for Sturges and a plot with more curves than Veronica Lake. See the related piece on the Austin Film Society's Film Fest www.auschron.com/issues/dispatch/2000-01-14/screens_feature.html">"Unfaithfully Yours: The Satire of Preston Sturges".
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This is the master of subversion's most subversive work, a wartime romantic comedy built around a small-town sweetheart getting drunk and knocked up by a soldier she can't remember. Sturges covers himself by saying his heroine got married before she did the horizontal bop, but even so, the plot is a radical departure for the time.