The story (from the play by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin, adapted by Willis Goldbeck) has elements recalling Wings in the air and Seventh Heaven in the closing scenes of the romantic portion. The romance is laid on thick, at times too thick. There is plenty of slack to take up to cut down this picture for the picture house time. It runs in two sections, 60 minutes in the first and 40 in the second.

The story (from the play by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin, adapted by Willis Goldbeck) has elements recalling Wings in the air and Seventh Heaven in the closing scenes of the romantic portion. The romance is laid on thick, at times too thick. There is plenty of slack to take up to cut down this picture for the picture house time. It runs in two sections, 60 minutes in the first and 40 in the second.

Worked into the air battle is the Red Ace of Germany, a famous flier of the First World War. He is shown in his machine, brightly red. He gets Capt Blythe, who falls badly hurt, but a later scene shows the Red Ace also down within the French lines, seemingly gotten in turn by Blythe.

It’s a picture that, while giving unmeasured opportunity for Colleen Moore, and in which she never misses on the light or heavy side, nevertheless throws too much work on the girl. Her tribulations or those of the fliers and her captain lover never raise a lump.

Gary Cooper readily falls into the role as the captain who also falls for Jeannie (Moore). His physical build helps him to look the part.

Lilac Time

Production

First National. Director George Fitzmaurice; Producer John McCormick; Screenplay Carey Wilson, George Marion Jr; Camera Sidney Hickox, Alvin Knechtel; Editor Al Hall; Art Director Horace Jackson

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1928. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Colleen Moore Gary Cooper Burr McIntosh George Cooper Edward Dillon Kathryn McGuire
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