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Released 1950
Distributor Universal International

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.

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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, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.