Cinema: The New Pictures

Facts of Life (H-L-P; United Artists) suggests that if the commercial comedians would only stop trying so hard to make people laugh, some of them might be funny. In this picture Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, sometime major magnates of the TV laugh industry, set out to make a quiet little country-club comedy—partly for the mass audience, but partly also for their own pleasure in reading good material again after all those years in the yak pastures. To their considerable amazement, they have produced the funniest U.S. film since The Apartment—a quick, slick, slyly satirical and sometimes wonderfully nutty comedy...

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