Review: ‘Josette’

This is a corking good entertainment. Smartly written, well directed and deftly acted, the piece [from a play by Paul Frank and Georg Fraser, based on a story by Ladislaus Vadnai] has momentum and skips along in a most amusing sort of way. The three principals (Don Ameche, Simone Simon and Robert Young) play it as if they were having a good time, and with no more effort than stepping in out of the rain. When the leads are out of sight, Joan Davis, Bert Lahr and Paul Hurst do their clowning on a slightly broader pattern.

This is a corking good entertainment. Smartly written, well directed and deftly acted, the piece [from a play by Paul Frank and Georg Fraser, based on a story by Ladislaus Vadnai] has momentum and skips along in a most amusing sort of way. The three principals (Don Ameche, Simone Simon and Robert Young) play it as if they were having a good time, and with no more effort than stepping in out of the rain. When the leads are out of sight, Joan Davis, Bert Lahr and Paul Hurst do their clowning on a slightly broader pattern.

Simon is a cute little trick, pint-size alongside Ameche and Young. These two play brothers who start out with the single thought of separating their philandering father from a cabaret singer named Josette, who is after the sugar. The real Josette fails to appear for her engagement, and Simon, local choir singer, substitutes. Management (Lahr) keeps the original billing, and the brothers, of course, start to put the pressure on the wrong girl.

Brothers fall in love with the girl who takes their attentions big. Ameche and Young get all the laughs obtainable from bright lines. Simon plays coyly, and sings right well two songs written by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel.

Josette

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Allan Dwan; Producer Gene Markey; Screenplay James Edward Grant; Camera John Mescall; Editor Robert Simpson; Music David Buttolph (dir.)

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 70 MIN.

With

Don Ameche Simone Simon Robert Young Joan Davis Bert Lahr Paul Hurst

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