It’s a very sweet movie, and very funny as well.Â I enjoyed it, and hope that you do as well.Frankly,Â Forever DarlingÂ is one of my favoriteÂ Lucille BallÂ movies.Â The basic premise is that biologist Lorenzo Xavier Vega (played byÂ Desi Arnaz) has grown apart from his wife Susan (played byÂ Lucille Ball).Â He has thrown himself into his work, and his wife has thrown herself into the social scene.Â Nobody says the words âthinking of divorceâ but then, nobody really needs to, either.Â By this point it should be obvious that this isÂ notÂ an offshoot ofÂ I Love Lucy, although there are, indeed some similarities later on.Â But first, this marriage needs God’s help to avoid divorce.Â And He provides it, in the form of an angel that only Lucille Ball can see, played by James Mason.Â The movie has a little fun with this, as the angel is pleasantly surprised to find out that he looks like James Masonâhis real job, of course, is to try and repair the marriage, which he does not by âghostly’ interference, but primarily by giving good advice to Lucy.Â The best example of this is when Desi Arnaz’ character needs to go camping to test a new insecticide, and James Mason urges Lucy to go with him.Â She does, with slapstick comedy resultsâbut also with the realization that she truly loves her husband, and that he is more important to her than her social standing.
Editorial Reviews ofÂ Forever DarlingÂ starringÂ Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, James Mason courtesy of Amazon.com
The hardworkingÂ Desi ArnazÂ andÂ Lucille BallÂ star in the urbane and wittyÂ Forever Darling, a 1956 romantic comedy, made at the height of the couple’s popularity as co-stars ofÂ I Love Lucy, about the difficulty of forging marital harmony. Arnaz plays unpretentious, visionary chemist Lorenzo âLarryâ Vega, whose passion for working on a powerful chemical insecticide for the benefit of humankind means little to his wife, Susan (Ball). A creature of high society, Susan is conflicted about her destiny. Should she be concerned with acquiring a bigger house and socializing with the right people, or should she follow Larry as he takes his insecticide on a two-year field study in tropical jungles? Attempting to guide her toward the right decision is aÂ dapper, guardian angel, who happens to take the form of James MasonÂ because Mason is Susan’s fantasy man. The script by Helen Deutsch (I’ll Cry Tomorrow) indulges I Love Lucy fans withÂ plenty of slapstick set piecesÂ plugged into an extended camping scene. But there’s also some flashy banter–Arnaz is very convincing putting well-heeled snobs in their place–and a very clever sequence in which Susan imagines herself as the heroine in a movie she happens to be watching. (A movie starring, yes, James Mason.) There’s aÂ fun, special feature in which Arnaz and Ball take time out from production on their television show to plug Forever Darling and reveal the secret of a truly happy marriageâand then get into a beef. —Tom Keogh
Product Description ofÂ Forever DarlingÂ starring Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, James Mason
A lot of things can test a marriage, but Lorenzo and Susan Vega have unwittingly put their five-year union to the ultimate test: they go camping. And Susan’s guardian angel, seen only by Susan, joins them. TV’s I Love Lucy was in its fifth season when this romp gave fans more reasons to love its stars. Desi Arnaz plays Lorenzo, who heads for wide-open spaces to test his chemical company’s new product. Wife Susan (Lucille Ball) goes, too. And soon we’re all headed for comedy chaos built on tent-raising, forest critters, inflatable rafts and other typical elements of roughing it. There’s one atypical element: the angel (James Mason) who wants to rescue their troubled union. Marriages may be made in heaven. But the details are worked out here below
Funny Movie Quotes fromÂ Forever, DarlingÂ (1956) starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, James Mason
Susan (Lucille Ball)Â Why do you look like James Mason?
Angel (James Mason)Â Do I look like James Mason?
Susan (Lucille Ball)Â I should say you do!
Angel (James Mason)Â (admiring himself in a mirror) So I look like James Mason, do I?
Lorenzo Xavier Vega (Desi Arnaz): 383 is going to make DDT look like talcum powder.
Millie Opdyke: You can’t get along with just Amy!
Susan (Lucille Ball)Â We get along alright with just Amy!
Lorenzo Xavier Vega (Desi Arnaz): Millie is a load of hay, a breed of cat that’s dyin’, and deserves to die.
Charles Y. Bewell: She was a sweet old thing, she had the face of a toad and the disposition of a coyote.
Susan (Lucille Ball)Â Oh, go smoke a test tube!
Susan (Lucille Ball)Â When you decided to leave at six o’clock in the morning, did you realize it was so early?
Susan (Lucille Ball)Â [mosquitoes] Seems a shame to wake them up so early just to kill âem.
Susan (Lucille Ball)Â People don’t notice the clock on the wall âtill a rock hits them.
Originally published at Clown Ministry