June 28, 2008

Did You Know...

Okay, how weird is this?

You know how obsessed I am with You've Got Mail, right? As in, that's the version of New York City I'd like to live in, and I think Tom and Meg have perfect chemistry?

Yeah, I love it.

Okay, did you also know that there are scenes from You've Got Mail that are identical to this movie?

"In the Good Old Summertime" starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson. You know how we all thought Nora Ephron (the writer of You've Got Mail) had only gotten the idea from the old movie "Shop Around the Corner?" Nope. Nora got a TON of scenes (almost word-for-word) from Good Old Summertime. I mean, almost verbatim. Is that not crazy?
Shop Around the Corner was released in 1940, Good Old Summertime was released in 1949 and You've Got Mail was released in 1998. Apparently, the storyline of two enemies actually being anonymous pen pals/email buddies is a lot older than we thought. The most interesting thing to me was that I had never heard of Good Old Summertime until recently when I was searching for Netflix movies. It looked like something I would enjoy (which I did) but it was SEVERE deja vu when I felt like I was watching Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
As much as I'd like to give Nora credit for a great screenplay, I must be reserved. Even though she did add some genius lines ("Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?" "New York in the fall makes me want to buy school supplies. If I knew where you lived, I'd send you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils."), she just didn't come up with anything original.
And there you have it. My expose' on one of my favorite movies :o)

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6 comments:

Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

you crack me up!

Christy said...

I love You've Got Mail...that is kind of disappointing that it wasn't all original...but not enough to keep me from finding the other movie and watching it!

Kearsmom said...

OK...now I've gotta go find that movie!!!

jeremy, adelle, & ella said...

i love love all 3 of those movies!!! it is crazy how writers just redo the old stuff and most people don't even realize it! my mom and i have watched you've got mail so many times it stopped playing!

Heather said...

I was thinking about In The Good Old Summertime the other day when you were talking about watching You've Got Mail.

I actually own all three of those movies!

With Love said...

I must admit that out of the three of them I love "In the Good Old Summertime" the best. However, "You've Got Mail" is a close second. :)

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