Made from a popular legit hit [by Marcel Pagnol], and acted by the same cast, the screen version is even better than the stage presentation. It shows the call of the sea acting on the son, Marius…
Film has two unusual aspects. One is its basic theme of an expose on evangelism. The other is a punch sequence at the opening, perhaps the strongest scene the feature possesses.
Scene is laid in Berlin and a discursive opening has some trick shots at a fashionable caberet that must have cost a good deal to get set. For a start it does manage to pump up an effect of gaiety as…
Strangers May Kiss is based on the best seller by Ursula Parrott, whose Ex-Wife provided Metro and Norma Shearer with a previous release. The Metro star is back with a sweet film.
Nearly everybody either knows or imagines the story of Daddy Long Legs. Mary Pickford and Marshall Neilan, back in 1919, made a silent hit of it for First National. Fox, in remaking the picture into…
A whispering campaign managed to get started to the effect that the picture has to do with the subject of mannish femmes. The film [from Christa Winsloe's novel The Child Manuela] really has to do…
Bringing The Maltese Falcon to the screen as Warners have done was no easy job. But director Roy Del Ruth lets things take their course and, with a naturally nonchalant although extremely odd private…
There's an unwitting punch scene in this picture to draw laughter. It's where Kay Francis shows off her figure in undies while explaining she's through with the gold-digger racket and intends going…
All credit to the kid players, director Norman Taurog, and the adapters for taking Percy Crosby's newspaper comic strip [co-written with Sam Mintz] and making it readable and moving in scenario form.
Probably the first sophisticated treatment of a gangster picture. Story is the usual love-redeeming tale of two kids caught in a gangster vortex.
An extraordinary, good, impressive and strong talker. Again fine work by Fritz Lang, and his wife and helper, Thea von Harbou. All the more astonishing as it is Lang's first talker.