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Review: 'Scarface'

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Scarface contains more cruelty than any of its gangster picture predecessors, but there's a squarer for every killing. The blows are always softened by judicial preachments and sad endings for the…

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Review: 'Blonde Venus'

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A disappointer. Much of the blame is to be laid at director Josef von Sternberg's doorstep. In a desire to glamorously built up Marlene Dietrich he sloughs almost every other element that goes to…

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Review: 'Tiger Shark'

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A strong and exceedingly well played and directed sea drama [from the story Tuna by Houston Branch]. After losing his hand to a tiger shark in a realistic underwater shot, Edward G. Robinson, as Capt…

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Review: 'The Lodger'

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The Lodger, from the novel by Mrs Belloc Lowndes, was made as a silent some years previously. Despite its subject of Jack the Ripper, this is an eerie, absorbing story without being morbid.

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Review: 'Fanny'

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Once again, producer-writer Marcel Pagnol plays variations on his favorite theme of the young maid's fall from virtue into pregnancy. The story of Fanny [middle seg of the trilogy comprising Marius…

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Review: 'Rome Express'

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The acting and casting call attention to Rome Express. A combination of Grand Hotel and Shanghai Express, nevertheless it is original in conception and execution. Casting is superb and the players…

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Review: 'Life Begins'

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A good picture, a woman's picture, different, and on the serious side. Basis of the theme is childbirth with the entire locale a hospital and the story particularly concerned with a cross-section of…

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