An unusually fine dramatic story handled excellently from a production standpoint. Built along gangster lines, but from an international crook standpoint, with a lot of melodramatic suspense added.
Reckless is a hodge-podge of melodrama, backstage and quasi-musical. It includes a cinematic recreation [from a story by Oliver Jeffries] of a recent newspaper melodrama involving a torch songstress…
The murder of the miserly pawnbroker (Mrs Patrick Campbell in a ruthless, unsympathetic characterization) is the premeditated crime by Peter Lorre. Edward Arnold's old-fashioned police methods…
Smartness of direction, plus a few comedy situations, turn an ordinary Cinderella theme into pleasing light film diversion. The Gay Deception is so named because a prince masquerades as a hotel…
If its 110 minutes' running time makes it appear a bit sluggish, the sensitive and intelligent development (from the novel by Lloyd C. Douglas) ultimately makes the initiallethargic progression…
Sam Goldwyn picked Barbary Coast as a title and called in Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur to write a story to fit. Result is a picture that has all it takes to get along in thoroughbred company.
As a production Sweet Adeline is in the big-time musical class, but strictly on merit it rates no better than fair. Except for the fact that the girl leaves her father's Hoboken beer garden to go on…
Once more George White presents himself in his very own conception of a film Scandals, the second of the series. Once more it is dull entertainment. Trouble is largely traceable directly to White.
Work on Lancer commenced four years earlier when Ernest Schoedsack went to India for exteriors and atmosphere. Some of the Schoedsack stuff is still in, but in those four years the original plans…
Rates with the best of the G-men pictures. Joseph Spruin-Calleia's screen debut is auspicious. Curtailed to Joseph Calleia, this legit recruit does a consummate job as the arch-menace into whose…