This Peter Bodanovich film was his homage to the screwball comedies of the '30s. The Buck Henry screenplay allows for all sorts of slapstick and hilarious misunderstandings. The plot centers on four identical suitcases, two of which belong, respectively, to musicologist Howard Bannister (Ryan O'Neal), who is attending a convention in San Francisco, and Judy Maxwell (Barbra Streisand), who follows him about from the moment she first sees him. But Howard is already engaged... to nagging, shrewish Eunice Burns. Enter Madeline. This was her first-ever full-length movie, and she does not disappoint: her performance as Eunice is one of her best, and she steals many a scene (not an easy thing to get away with in a Barbra Streisand picture). The picture was a success, and Madeline went on to great success as a film actress. She would work with Bogdanovich again in two later pictures.

Ben Phillips