Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Friday, April 1, 2011


LOVE MAKES YOU CRAZY (1952). Director: Hector Linyard.

In this unreleased comedy Bob Cummings plays a nuclear physicist who can turn animals into people -- and vice versa -- with one touch of his hand after being irradiated during an accident. Julie Newmar -- who later co-stared with Cummings on the TV show My Living Doll -- is a she-tiger who is transformed into a beautiful woman. Paul Lynde is a transformed lynx, Oscar Levant is an alligator, and Gypsy Rose Lee becomes a lady octopus. Later Cummings can transform vegetables into people (and vice versa) as well and turns guest star John Wayne into a turnip. Zazu Pitts plays an artichoke whom Cummings transforms into a human. While the premise is certainly intriguing, Love Makes You Crazy hasn't got a single laugh.

Verdict: Don't touch that turnip! *1/2.

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