One Wild Oat (1951)

one wild oat 1951

Screwball comedy about a minor league solicitor that doesn’t want his daughter to marry the son of a man who races greyhounds. They met in court years ago and the solicitor lost. He considers the man shady and refuses to let the marriage go through. Around the half hour mark look for a young Audrey Hepburn as a hotel receptionist taking a call from Albert. This was her first movie role.

Humphrey Proudfoot (Robertson Hare) is searching for his daughter, nineteen year old Cherry outside their apartment house. It’s two am. She finally comes home and is all aglow about the great night out she had with Fred Gilbey. He lives a few floors up with his parents.

An indignant Humphrey calls upstairs to read the riot act to Fred. It’s too late when he realizes he’s been yelling at Albert. Albert comes downstairs to confront him and Humphrey backs off.Humphrey hires a detective named Pepys to check into Albert. He reveals in front of Mrs.Gilby that Albert spent some hotel time with Gloria. Albert says Gloria is a greyhound. Albert calls the hotel and asks the desk clerk (Audrey Hepburn) to back up his story.

Albert’s next move is to hire Pepys to look into Humphrey’s background and discovers his one wild oat.. He finds out that he had an affair twenty-five years ago with a girl named Audrey Cuttle that resulted in an illegitimate son. Things get complicated when Gloria shows up. Mrs.Gilbey says she wants a divorce.

It’s not long before Audrey shows up. Humphrey can’t help but notice how much she’s changed. Now the movie kicks into high gear as he and Albert become allies. There are slapstick moments with the wives but it all works to make it an entertaining movie. Holloway is especially a lot of fun.

Along with all of his movie roles, including playing Alfred P.Doolittle in 1964’s “My Fair Lady” he starred in the TV series “Our Man Higgins” (1962-63).

He was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “My Fair Lady.” The winner was Peter Ustinov for “Topkapi.” He was also nominated for a Golden Globe but lost to Edmond O’Brien. He won for “Seven Days In May.”

 

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