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It Happened To Jane
Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs
Original Theatrical Release 1959
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2005
97 minutes

It Happened To Jane is a charming little comedy starring the always endearing Doris Day who once again plays a headstrong woman trying to make a place for herself in the world. Jack Lemmon, always a solid actor, is very good as Jane's lawyer and beau George Denham. Brilliant comic Ernie Kovacs plays Harry Foster Malone, the bad guy, in this fun movie about a widow and mother's fight against a big corporation.

After a shipment of lobsters fails to get delivered on time and are returned dead by the railroad company, widow and single mother Jane Osgood (Doris Day) goes to court to make things right. Malone (Ernie Kovacs), whose cutbacks caused the problem in the first place, does not admit defeat and decides to take on "the little lady".

Soon, the whole country is following this David and Goliath struggle between a rich businessman and a widow, mother, and businesswoman. Jane Osgood ends up going to New York, becomes the talk of the town, has a journalist fall in love with her, has her entire hometown turn against her until George Denham (Jack Lemmon) rallies them to her cause convinces them to help her win her struggle against big business.

It Happened To Jane is a comedy like they don't make them anymore. This fun little movie takes the time to establish characters, tell the story, set up a running gag or two (one involving a pet lobster who wants to go swim in the female section of the pond, make a few patriotic points about the good ol' USA, establish a love triangle and resolve it, and give the viewer a good time. All this in some 97 minutes.

This is not a classic comedy and not the best comic movie starring Doris Day or Jack Lemon but getting to see Ernie Kovacs play a bad guy, the few sight gags here and there, and the overall good humor in this movie make It Happened To Jane a very pleasant viewing experience. It is the kind of movie the whole family relates to, enjoy, and have fun watching together



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