Fav Top Ten #2: The Americanization of Emily
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Commentary by Jennifer Kiley
Review by Bosley Crowther NYTimes
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Posted On Friday 27th September 2013
IF YOU DO NOT WANT SPOILERS DO NOT READ THE CAPTIONS UNDER THE PHOTOGRAPHS. THEY TELL THE STORY AS IT UNFOLDS. I WROTE THEM FROM MEMORY FOR I HAVE SEEN THIS FILM SO MANY TIMES I HAVE THE SCRIPT WRITTEN INSIDE MY BRAIN. FOR ME IT DOESN’T SPOIL THE FILM KNOWING THE BASICS OF WHAT HAPPENS BUT I WOULD SUGGEST READING THE REVIEW & LOOKING AT THE PHOTOGRAPHS. IF YOUR ARE DRAWN INTO THE IDEA OF THIS STORY & FILM IT IS AVAILABLE THROUGH ROKU STREAMING ON VUDU, AMAZON, REDBOX STREAMING & IF SO ENTICED THE DVD IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE. ENJOY THE IMAGES, THE CLIPS AT THE END. CHECK OUT THE TRAILER AND CHECK OUT THE REVIEW. HOPE YOU ENJOY THEM ALL. JULIE ANDREWS & JAMES GARNER ARE EXTREMELY ROMANTIC IN THIS FILM. SO HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR A DATE NIGHT. I LOVE THIS FILMS & GIVE IT #2 ON MY TOP TEN FAVORITE FILMS OF ALL TIME. IT ACTUALLY SHOULD BE TIED FOR FIRST PLACE. I SAW JULIE ANDREWS IN THIS FILM BEFORE I SAW MARY POPPINS & THE SOUND OF MUSIC. SO, THIS FILM WAS MY INTRODUCTION TO THE SEXY FAIR LADY. IN THIS FILM SHE IS SEXY, SPIRITED, AND GREAT. ENOUGH SAID. CARRY ON.
Emily driving Commander Charlie Madison back to the hotel after they collected supplies of food for his Admiral while they’re staying London just near the time of D-Day WWII
The Americanization of Emily
Film Review by Bosley Crowther
Published October 28th 1964
NYTimes Emily (1964)
If you enjoy watching Julie Andrews playing a role in which she doesn’t sing, but in which she does make some beautiful music with a delightfully unheroic man, then nothing should deter you from going as swiftly as you can to see “The Americanization of Emily.”
Cmdr Madison saying goodnight to Ms Barham the first time she drove for him. He is about to give her a quick pat on the bottom which he receives his just rewards
Charlie faking an “old war wound” in order to ask Emily to join a dinner & bridge to entertain the Admiral & his special guest
Here is a film that not only gives the charming Miss Andrews a chance to prove herself irresistible in a straight romantic comedy but also gets off some of the wildest brashest and funniest situations and cracks at the lunacy of warfare that have popped from the screen in quite some time.
Emily is giving Charlie a hard time near the beginning of the film after his invitation to the dinner party
Indeed, when you think about it, you recognize the amazing fact that the comedy is as fascinating as the romance James Garner, the antihero has with his graceful female star.
Charlie has just told Emily she is a bit of a prig. Her response is I don’t mean to be.
Emily talking with a fellow bunk mate who is changing her hair colour for the due as a guess for Charlie’s dinner party. She tells Emily that Charlie throws together quite a spread.
James Garner plays the expert “dog robber” — aide to an American admiral dwelling in a luxury London hotel in 1944 who is head of a skillful and deadly satiric thrust at the whole myth of war being noble and that “to die a hero is a glorious thing.” And it is his taut and stalwart perseverance in acting an unregenerate coward that keynotes the yarn that Paddy Chayefsky has brilliantly adapted from a novel by William Bradford Huie.
Emily while lying on her bunk thinking, she asks her friend, “Do you think I am a bit of a prig.” Her friend tells her she is.
What Mr. Garner is expressing in this sharply outspoken film, which conceals the deadly point of its thesis within some mischievously nimble farce, is that the philosophy of pacifism is the highest morality and that wars will be abolished only when people stop thinking it is noble to fight. “So long as valor is a virtue, we will have soldiers,” he says in a speech in a scene with Julie Andrews and Joyce Grenfell as her mother. It is to discredit this virtue that his character takes the attitude that dead heroes are simply dead men, less fortunate or commendable than living cowards.
Emily begins talking about her passion for any wounded man in uniform. How her husband and her got married on his last night before he is shipped out and he goes and gets himself killed. She tries to comfort who come home wounded from battle.
Emily shows up at the store where Charlie gives away goods like Hershey Bars, cloths, perfume and nylons. Things that are impossible to get over in Europe during WWII. Emily tell Charlie she would love to come for dinner & bridge. He offers her a dress. She refuses & tells him she has her own, she doesn’t “need any Hershey Bars.”
This philosophy at first shocks and initially repels the charming young English widow, a motor-pool driver, with whom he has an affair. But it even more seriously startles his gung-ho superiors when they start to execute their admiral’s orders, conceived to elevate the image of the Navy, that a sailor must be “the first dead man on Omaha Beach.”
Emily shows up in her gorgeous black dinner dress. Charlie is impressed & makes sure Emily know he is pleased. Before leaving for the night, Emily asks Charlie, “Do you have a woman?” His response, “Frankly, Ms. Barham that’s none of your business.”
It is a tense and sensitive area into which the comedy finally gets as it wildly propels our cowardly hero toward a cross-Channel landing craft and a lonely spot on the Normandy beachhead with a movie camera in his hands.
Emily is in his room sitting on the bed when he returns from tucking the Admiral in for the night. As Charlie enters the room & sees Emily, he states, “As a matter of fact, I don’t have a woman.” They fall into each others arms on the bed. At some point, he starts talking again and Emily tells him, “Shut up and kiss me.”
The Admiral moments before bursts into the bedroom & states, “The first man on Omaha Beach must be a sailor.” Then just leaves. Emily and Charlie sit up fast & stare in the direction of the open door. Emily says, “That was rather piquant, wouldn’t you say?” Charlie says, “Yes, I would say that was rather piquant.”
But this deadly touch does put a climax to the serious implications of the film and provides an opportunity for resolving the previously faltering romance.
Emily introduces her mother to Charlie at a tea party at their house. Her mother is in mourning over the loss of her husband and son during the war. Charlie talks about his feelings about war & a story of his wife back home. Emily wants to know what wife but he gets into a talk on “war” & “cowardice.” Emily discovers eventually about Charlie’s wife being upset when he comes home unexpectedly, so the only Mrs. Madison is his mother who lost a son already in the war. There is a great deal more to the scene. There is a clip near the end of the post which shows some of this part of the film. A good taste.
In addition to the splendid performances that Mr. Garner and Ms. Andrews give—his with an edge of crisp sarcasm, hers with a brush of sentiment—there is great acting by James Coburn as a swiveling “Annapolis man,” and Melvyn Douglas as the eccentric admiral.
Emily is looking on curiously. This is about the time he mentions his wife.
Charlie is telling Mrs. Barham what he thinks about war heroes, war widows & glorifying the death that happens in war. She hears him & admits the death of her husband & eventually says that she will accept his Hershey Bars even if Emily won’t. She, also, thanks him for his honesty. It puts a whole new spirit inside of her. She tells he was kind. She hopes he will come again.
Also marvelous in small roles are Miss Grenfell, Keenan Wynn as a terrified man in uniform and Liz Frazer as a motor-pool driver who gladly accepts the Americans’ silk stockings and Hershey bars.
Charlie while on leave rows Emily out to an island to be alone & make love.
Emily tells Charlie he’s a rogue but it seems she doesn’t mind making love to one.
Under Arthur Hiller’s brisk direction of Mr. Chayefsky’s script, which includes some remarkably good writing with some slashing irreverence, “The Americanization of Emily” comes out a spinning comedy that says more for basic pacifism than a fistful of intellectual tracts. It also is highly entertaining, and it makes a great case for pure romance.
Emily continues by telling Charlie she feels they are basically incompatible & she hopes she doesn’t get pregnant. He tells her later, “Oh, I do hope you do get pregnant.”
Charlie proposes. After which he says a speech which includes the line, “What is a lion doing in a man’s home anyway. I would die for you, my family, my country, a world, in that order.”
THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY, screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky, based on the novel
by William Bradford Huie; directed by Arthur Hiller; produced by Martin Ranshoff.
Running time: 117 minutes.
Lieut. Charles E. Madison . . . . . James Garner
Emily Barham . . . . . Julie Andrews
Adm. William Jessup . . . . . Melvyn Douglas
Lieut. Comdr. “Bus” Cummings . . . . . James Coburn
Mrs. Barham . . . . . Joyce Grenfell
Adm. Thomas Healey . . . . . Edward Binns
Sheila . . . . . Liz Fraser
Old Sailor . . . . . Keenan Wynn
Capt. Harry Spaulding . . . . . William Windom
Chief Petty Officer Paul Adams . . . . . John Crawford
Capt. Marvin Ellender . . . . . Douglas Henderson
Admiral Hoyle . . . . . Edmond Ryan
Young Sailor . . . . . Steve Franken
Gen. William Hallerton . . . . . Paul Newlan
Lieut. Victor Wade . . . . . Gary Cockrell
Charlie’s friend & fellow officer Bus cuts his orders to make a film of the first man on Omaha Beach is a sailor. The film for the Admiral, who is going just a bit crackers. Charlie tells him he won’t go.
The Americanization of Emily Trailer
Emily drove Charlie to the plane to take him to the front line where they will take off in transport heading for Omaha Beach. They are saying there goodbyes. Charlie had given Emily the marriage papers. All she needs to do us sign them. But there is a hitch. He is all excited because he know they are going to be late arriving. By the time they get there, everyone will have shipped off. But Bus is not aware of this. Emily doesn’t find it funny. She finally tell Charlie, she can’t marry him. She doesn’t like the prank he is playing on his country. Charlie told Emily she is the coward. She can’t stand the fact that he will come back alive. She prefers her men in battle to die before she has to really make a commitment. She tells Charlie, “I’ll slap your face, Charlie.” He tells her, “Go ahead, I’m a coward. I won’t slap you back.” This makes Emily furious. She gets to slap him a few times. Tears running down her face. But the rain covers her tears. Charlie says goodbye as he peals back the wrappings on his Hershey bar and he states what is written on the poster above. A great statement.
Charlie was wrong. When they arrived D-Day had been postponed because of rain. They got drunk & the next day in a drunken state they were loaded on a transport, given cameras & on their way to Omaha Beach to shoot the first man on Omaha Beach being a sailor.
The Americanization of Emily  “I Need A Girl” Clip
This is Charlie running up on Omaha Beach. The first sailor to arrive. Reason for this bravery is Bus was shooting at him. It’s pure panic you see.
The Americanization of Emily — “War Is Not Moral” Extended Clip
Emily is sad & numb. Her mother keeps burning the Daily papers. Bus shows up to pay his condolences & tells them the grand plan for Charlie. He is the first dead man on Omaha Beach & he is a sailor. The Admiral will have a statue erected for him. Mrs. Barham & Emily’s reactions are “Why on Earth would you do that. Isn’t it bad enough he’s dead. No, we must get on with our lives. Charlie wouldn’t want any of this.” Bus is confused. He thinks they should be proud Charlie’s a hero but they are not going to celebrate Charlie’s death & they feel Bus should stop all this nonsense.
Julie Andrews & James Garner tribute — Clips from “The Americanization of Emily
Charlie comes back from the dead and Emily has been flown to the location by the Admiral to go meet him. But this is not the complete ending.