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The Lady Takes a Flyer (1958)



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Lana Turner and Jeff Chandler star in this soap opera about a couple of pilots who meet, fall in love, get married, have a baby, and gradually get torn apart by the nature of their lives. It's pure formula, and it doesn't help that the "other woman" character overacts to extremes and the lead characters are too immature even to be married let alone parents. In the early stages, when everything is hunky-dorey, Turner and Chandler have an enjoyable chemistry -- but once things turn sour, they have only their own selfish, uncompromising behavior to blame. I'm not very interested in movies about childish adults, bickering when a simple, obvious compromise would have saved them both the trouble. The movie almost pulls itself together in the final act -- a tense, if cliched climax -- but it still falls flat on its face. No matter what the movie tells us, we know full well these characters are not capable of living happily ever after.