Sabrina–The original was a vehicle in which viewers got to see Audrey Hepburn wear clothes, beautifully. How can you hope to substitute Audrey with Julia Ormond? Or Harrison Ford with Humphrey Bogart. Bad idea.
The Women–The 1939 original starred Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, Joan Crawford, Paulette Goddard and a host of others. The big schtick is that although the movie is all about men, not one man appears in the film. Bitchy, feisty and brittle, The Women was very much of its time. It was remade with June Allyson as The Opposite Sex. June Allyson, I ask you. And, the movie featured men.
My Man Godfrey was the screwiest of screwball comedies. Carole Lombard plays a ditzy socialite who hires William Powell to be her butler. Once again June Allyson remakes the movie. Is there no end to this woman’s perfidy? What was the point of June Allyson anyway?
I’m sure there are more remakes that shouldn’t have been. But I can’t think of them right now. Feel free to leave your own nominees in the comments.