My Review of ‘Repeat Performance’ (1947)

Hi, everyone! Today, I’m doing a film review by video, which I haven’t done in quite a while, actually. I have been putting up old ones, but this is my latest, and I will try to do this without reading or actually looking like I’m reading, which I am. I’m actually literally reading the notes, as I wrote them last night.

Repeat Performance is what I’m reviewing today from 1947, a film noir that really plays with a concept that I love, the whole concept of time travel, if you will. In a slightly different way than Doctor Who. Okay. This movie is like a cross between All About Eve and The Twilight Zoneβ€”sorta. Oh, and also Hamlet, but not really.

The movie opens on a scene in which a woman, Sheila Page (played by Joan Leslie) has apparently shot a man, her husband Barney (played by Louis Hayward). Sheila doesn’t look too happy about this. So she goes to see this producer friend, John Friday (played by Tom Conway). Okay. They’re together at the stroke of midnight. Right? (Actually, no. She’s with William Williams, kind of a nutter an eccentric poet.) So then, Sheila wishes she could go back in time to the previous year.

Sheila
Fine. That’s what I’d like to do with the year I’ve just lived. Rewrite it, play it over again. But I can’t, it’s too late.

William Williams
Yeah, Sheila. It’s too late.

Sheila
People do live things over. Haven’t you ever entered a strange room, William, and felt that you’d been there before? You knew it was impossible, yet everything in the room looked familiar. Hasn’t that ever happened to you, William?

She turns to look, but he’s not there.

Sheila
William!
(beat)
William, where are you?!

The music rises. Sheila glances about, freaks out a bit.

Sheila
(whispered)
Where are you?

Music plays, as Sheila creeps down the hallway.

Narrator
William won’t answer. William is gone. He was there just a moment ago, but in that moment, time stopped for Sheila.

AND SCENE! πŸ™‚

And she magically gets her wish. I won’t tell you all the gory details. Besides that would spoil the whole thing, honest! But I will say that it has a really interesting convoluted plot in the sense that here’s this woman who goes back to try to change a thing and something else happens that ruins her attempt to change it. And it’s a, well, it’s a film noir.

So, anyway, I guess let’s just say that even with the best intentions, there’s only so much that one person can control about where they’ll end up in life. That’s what I wrote and it’s film noir. So you can just imagine.

Okay. And by the way, it was so cool to see Mrs. Howell, aka Natalie Schafer in there playing the somewhat domineering Patroness of the Arts, dahling! πŸ™‚ Oh, Mr. Howell! Lovey! πŸ™‚

That’s it. Thanks. And I’ll talk to you later. Maybe? πŸ™‚

ADDENDUM:

Yes. I forgot to mention why I mentioned Hamlet. It’s because there’s a play within the movie. That’s pretty much it. That and the fact that there’s so much meta stuff going on, so much commenting on actors, movies, plays, producing, writing, and there’s kind of a hint of A Star is Born in there. If you see the movie, you’ll understand why. I won’t go into that, because that’s revealing too much. I’ve already said too much. Right? Right.

Okay. I’ll talk to you later. Bye. See ya. πŸ™‚

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3 Responses to My Review of ‘Repeat Performance’ (1947)

  1. Happy New Year, Debbi! Oh, I do love a good time travel movie too, and this is a great one πŸ™‚ Really enjoyed your review! I believe there’s a new restoration of this film coming out soon, which should be a treat.

    Also, I’d like to invite you to a blogathon I’m hosting in honor of Kim Novak’s 89th Birthday in late February. Would love to have you join us! Here’s the link if you’re interested:

    Announcing The Kim Novak Blogathon: An 89th Birthday Celebration!!

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