Saturday, April 12, 2014

June's A Bust All Over?

Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night (Columbia, 1934)
June Allyson in You Can't Run Away From It [remake of It Happened One Night], (Columbia, 1956)

Carole Lombard in My Man Godfrey (Universal, 1936)
June Allyson in My Man Godfrey (Universal-International, 1957)

Norma Shearer in The Women (MGM, 1939)

June Allyson in The Opposite Sex [remake of The Women], (MGM, 1956)

Compare and contrast, darlings.


  1. Lovely though June surely was, she was - ahem - somewhat lacking in glamour in comparison the the originals, methinks... Jx

  2. Additionally, June also made "Interlude" (1957), which was a
    remake of "When Tomorrow Comes" 1939), directed by the
    fabulous Douglas Sirk ("Magnificent Obsession" & "All That
    Heaven Allows"). June played the Irene Dunne role & Rossano
    Brazzi the Charles Boyer role.

    Needless to say, June & Rossano, though charming, lacked
    the unique pizzazz of Irene & Charles.

    In fact, starting with MGM's remake of "Little Women" (1949),
    June was Hollywood's #1 Remake Queen, right through the 50's.
    It wasn't always her fault, but none of June's re-do's were up to
    their (sublime) originals. She certainly gave it the old college try,

  3. She didn't have the sultry side to pull off "The Opposite Sex." However, I loved the tailfins of the 50s cars whipping through the ranch, and the pre-Dynasty bitch fight in the kitchen with the pots and pans.