Review: ‘Manslaughter’

This is a remake of a 1922 silent with Thomas Meighan doing the d.a. role which Fredric March now has. Leatrice Joy in the silent version of the Alice Duer Miller SatEvePost story gives way to Claudette Colbert.

This is a remake of a 1922 silent with Thomas Meighan doing the d.a. role which Fredric March now has. Leatrice Joy in the silent version of the Alice Duer Miller SatEvePost story gives way to Claudette Colbert.

George Abbott, in adapting and directing, has endeavored to overcome some of the banalties which, in 1922, were standard. Instead of following the original hoke situation of the candidate-for-governor-hero previously re-encountering, on a breadline, the girl he sent to prison, March is shown doing a mild stooge bum, but coming back into private law practice without the old hokum bucket trimmings.

The aftermath of maid and mistress meeting on equal terms in jail is retained and rather convincingly carried through, but in between there’s much that’s boloney.

Colbert follows through the original idea of a snobbish characterization, remade by her prison experience, although it’s still a grand excuse for a fashion-parade.

Manslaughter

Production

Paramount Publix. Director George Abbott; Screenplay George Abbott; Camera Archie J. Stout; Art Director Otto Lovering

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1930. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Claudette Colbert Fredric March Emma Dunn Natalie Moorhead Richard Tucker
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