Monkey Business (1952)

credit: www.fanpop.comOne of Cary Grant’s chimpanzees mixes a youth formula that ends up in the water cooler and Marilyn Monroe delivers yet another deep, profound, academy-award winning performance as the clueless secretary who wanders around the office.


While this movie holds more mindless entertainment than inspirational value, it will at least strengthen any convictions you already hold dear about bottled water.

This was filmed after Ginger Rogers’ partnership with Fred Astaire had ended. She doesn’t sing or dance in this one, but I think she’s funny, as is Cary Grant. I especially enjoy the way he says “Edwina.”

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: Marilyn Monroe didn’t actually win an academy award for this film. But in honor of her renowned acting skills I hereby award her “Best Actress Named Marilyn in Any Movie About Monkeys Excluding Planet of the Apes or Any Other Movie About Monkeys That Isn’t This One.”

credit: altscreen.comIn the final scene of this movie, Cary Grant says, “You’re old only when you forget you’re young.”

I also like the way an old comedian named Jack Benny said it: “Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

Yes, we are supposed to put away childish things, but there’s a difference between being childish and childlike. Those who are childlike exemplify the humility and spiritual sensitivity that invites the Holy Spirit to guide their day-to-day choices.

As T.S. Eliot once penned: “Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”

As we mature in age and experience, we cannot allow the quiet voice of the Holy Ghost to get lost in life’s living. It will be those who retain their childlike submissiveness to their Father’s will who enjoy a lifetime filled with the blessings of both aged wisdom and perpetual youth. The rest are just baboons.

“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3

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