Review: ‘The Private Life of Helen of Troy’

Helen [based on the novel by John Erskine] is all comedy. Satirizing ancient myth in general and Helen's affairs particularly, the titles are topical, while the music is mainly based on pop dance tunes. Wheeling the giant wooden horse inside the gates of Troy is accomplished to the strains of 'Horses, Horses, Horses', etc.

Helen [based on the novel by John Erskine] is all comedy. Satirizing ancient myth in general and Helen’s affairs particularly, the titles are topical, while the music is mainly based on pop dance tunes. Wheeling the giant wooden horse inside the gates of Troy is accomplished to the strains of ‘Horses, Horses, Horses’, etc.

The film kids the husband-wife complex throughout, the king, following the conquest of Troy, making a beeline for Helen’s dress-maker to destroy the shop. Meanwhile, he has been trying to go fishing since nine o’clock. When it looks as if Helen is about to take another vacation with her second prince, the king is convinced he’s going to get in his trip, and that finishes the picture.

No battles and no slow spots. The action is lively all the way, with Maria Corda in various stages of slight clothing.

1927/28: Nomination: Best Engineering Effects

The Private Life of Helen of Troy

Production

First National. Director Alexander Korda; Producer Carey Wilson; Screenplay Carey Wilson; Camera Lee Garmes, Sid Hickox; Editor Harold Young

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1927. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Maria Corda Lewis Stone Ricardo Cortez George Fawcett Alice White

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