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" Real diamonds! They must be worth their weight in gold! "
— Marilyn Monroe, Some Like It Hot

MRQE Top Critic

The Clay Bird

The best description of the color and imagery in this film is "dazzling" —John Adams (DVD review...)

The Clay Bird is earthbound, but hopeful

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Leo McCarey, who directed the classic Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup and the previous Pick of the Week, The Awful Truth, also directed this one. Charles Laughton plays Ruggles, a British manservant lost to an American in a poker game. When he comes to Red Gap, Washington, Ruggles is the talk of the town. The culture clash jokes are exaggerated and funny. The few melodramatic bits are perfectly timed and impeccably executed. Sixty years later, this film is still funny and moving in just the right proportions.