One of James Stewart’s most memorable performances anchors a comedy classic that’s enriched by the seriousness of its basic premise. Funny, sad and captivating, it’s that rare example of a well-loved movie that plumbs deeper depths than it’s given credit for. It’s been restaged often for television and there’s always talk of a theatrical remake, but it’s hard to see how director Henry Koster’s version of Mary Hadley Chase’s play could be topped.
About Joe Dante
Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming Nightmare Cinema.