The Good Fairy
Margaret Sullavan, Herbert Marshall, Frank Morgan, Reginald Owen,
In his sparkling script for this rarely seen comedy, Preston Sturges adapted Ferenc Molnár’s stage play to his own ends, tempering Molnár’s cynicism and highlighting the madcap, adding a hilarious movie-within-a-movie and a host of comic characters with unpronounceable names. The radiant Margaret Sullavan plays an innocent usherette in a Budapest movie theater, who, to deflect the amorous attentions of a would-be benefactor (Frank Morgan), quickly finds herself a husband in the White Pages. “The Good Fairy . . . boasts the quick wit that’s so typical of the screwball comedy, but also a sharply observed critique of predatory masculinity” (Derek Smith, Slant).
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