Z is for Zany [A2Z]

Zany, madcap, wacky, screwball, etc. are all great words to describe What’s Up Doc? This is a super hilarious romantic comedy from 1972, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. Madeline Kahn (RIP) costars brilliantly in the same kind of role she plays in Young Frankenstein: the OCD uptight fiancée who is made to appear less desirable than the manic pixie dream girl (before we called them that).

The movie opens in San Francisco and begins with four identical plaid suitcases. One belongs to Ryan’s Dr. Howard Bannister and contains special rocks he needs for a science conference. Another is filled with top-secret documents and belongs to “Mr. Smith.” A “Mr. Jones” is chasing after these documents. The third bag is filled with expensive jewelry. The last bag belongs to Barbra’s Judy Maxwell and contains clothing. Judy chases Howard around his hotel, both to try to find her bag and to score free meals.

At the same time, two hotel employees are attempting to steal the bag they believe has the jewelry, while Jones is trying to get the document bag. Everyone ends up with the wrong bag, of course! Howard’s fiancée is having trouble understanding why Judy keeps popping up all over the place. There is a rival for a science grant who tries to take advantage of Howard’s predicament. It’s all so wild!

Since it’s a romcom, there is a happy ending for Judy and Howard, yayyy. 💖

And with that, I am finished with the alphabloggery, thank Godzilla.

19 responses to “Z is for Zany [A2Z]

  1. Very well done. Congratulations of doing all A to Z.

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  2. I had forgotten about this movie! Congrats for making it to Z!!

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  3. Did you ever see Bringing Up Baby? WUD is very loosely based on that movie, which starred Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant.

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  4. I have always loved this movie.
    Streisand looks so glamorous in it.

    Congrats on going through with the challenge.
    Now what do we expect from you in May?

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  5. excellent post about one of my fav movies of all time! thanks!

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  6. I remember this as being hilarious and need to watch it again. Barbra made a string of hit movies and I saw every one. I think the last one was Yentl. Congratulations on getting through A2Z! It’s been a fun romp, eh? 🙂

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  7. It’s been really fun reading your alphabet posts, and reminded me of a lot of good movies, and books (which I may just give a chance, now that I’ve read some of the descriptions of them) 🙂
    Yay You! for getting the whole thing done!

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  8. I’ve never seen this one paula! I should see if I can get it as it sounds funny!

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