Review: ‘Colleen’

An entertaining Dick Powell-Ruby Keeler musical romance which has greater cast than story or production strength. In addition to the top pair, cast includes Jack Oakie and Joan Blondell, working largely as a combi- nation. Hugh Herbert plays a nut role. Louise Fazenda is especially well suited as the hysterical rich aunt of Powell who goes to pieces over scandal and publicity.

An entertaining Dick Powell-Ruby Keeler musical romance which has greater cast than story or production strength. In addition to the top pair, cast includes Jack Oakie and Joan Blondell, working largely as a combi- nation. Hugh Herbert plays a nut role. Louise Fazenda is especially well suited as the hysterical rich aunt of Powell who goes to pieces over scandal and publicity.

Story of Colleen is more or less routine, written to fit the characters banded together from the WB musicals factory. It has Herbert, the eccentric, taking over a dress shop and putting Joan Blondell in charge. Along comes Powell, his nephew, who thinks the shop can be made to pay. He puts Keeler in charge.

For Powell and Keeler it’s the songs [by Harry Warren and Al Dubin] mostly. Keeler has a bit the edge of it, since she has Paul Draper, debuting on the screen, as a dance partner. He is a slender, handsome fellow of the Astaire type, very light and agile with the gams. He’s from legit and picture houses.

Colleen

Production

Warner. Director Alfred E. Green; Screenplay Peter Milne, F. Hugh Herbert, Robert Lord; Camera George Barnes; Editor Byron Haskin

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1936. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Dick Powell Ruby Keeler Jack Oakie Joan Blondell Hugh Herbert Louise Fazenda
Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading