Movies Posts Tagged as '1930s'
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Annabelle Takes A Tour (1938)
I didn't expect much. There are no early signs of Lucyisms because Lucille wanted to convey a star. Washed up Hollywood connoisseur is lagging at the box office. An insignificant publicist arranges movie roles that she has to act out in real life. If she's playing a prisoner, she goes to jail, if she's a sexy maid that's what she becomes. It's difficult to see a buffoon handle physical comedy when a master stood beside him but that's what was expected of a female Hollywood star. High heeled and mute. Ms. Ball was caught in a silly comedy that limited her intelligence and expertise. The physical comedy was male oriented and she was relegated to wit only. It was a viewer audition film. When buffoon performs the "handy dandy cleaner" skit without assistance from the master I was mightily heartbroken. 26-May-2021
Devil-Doll, The (1936)
Escaped prisoner hitches with a dying scientist who wants to make it home so he can shrink people with his wife and change the world. The protagonist just wants to avenge the men who set him up and gain his daughter's respect. The escapees make it to the wife's cottage. A frightfully wonderful Rafaela Ottiano plays the faithful wife who has maintained his experiments and awaited his arrival. They want to shrink people so they can consume less and help the environment. It starts with dogs, jumps to lowly humans and precipitates into people you want canceled. Lionel Barrymore is top notch as the set-up guy lucking into revenge. The dolls have brilliant moments and shoddy ones. The dolls are a cameo to the story of a man that has to become a woman to safeguard his family and prove his innocence. 24-May-2021
Daughter of Shanghai (1937)
Smuggling asians to America for slave labor. It's big on gumption because the makers gambled on a "good eye". There is a jolt of celebration in seeing ourselves being portrayed in a prohibitive era. The film is incomplete, scarcely budgeted and cold in character development. It's not its fault. What blesses it, is Anna May Wong's illumination and a supporting cast that keep it burning. The characters were typed to be as they were. 13-May-2020
Satan Met A Lady (1936)
They hired accomplished actors to line read with little expression except snide, stupid or cute. The characters are comic strip flat. 04-Dec-2019
Naughty or Nice (1939)
A gifted songwriter can only love when he's drunk. The maid is named Killer and the actors add snap to their wit. It's gay vintage. 29-Dec-2018
Girl From 10th Avenue, The (1935)
Social climber rejects love to marry greater wealth, dumpee breaks and drowns in alcoholism while Bette is the independent working woman who rehabilitates him in spite of her misgivings. As soon as Bette settles with her man, climber returns from a separation to repossess her loss. The rumble is exhilarating because we get to see how legend earned her stripes and even though Alison Skipworth (as a good friend) can unleash a mad hilarious quip, Bette still occupies the room.
The writing appears modern because I've never heard men and women speak so bluntly to each other unless they were arguing.
I love Bette because when minorities/sexes complained that they weren't seeing themselves in art, I was becoming stronger by watching a white woman take control of hers. I see myself in everyone. It's called empathy. 09-Mar-2018
Scrooge (1935) - in color
The presentation is raw and color adds a bit more warmth. The haunt is sober with no fuss. 18-Dec-2017
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
It is top notch art whose story has little relevance to the present or framing of children's minds. Female vanity is the enemy while a princess frolics the woods with animals so cute they tempt your patience and finishes up serving little men who are not aware they can cure their ache with a yank. The eyes receive the most pleasure esp. when the Queen has a turn but the outdated mythology no longer hooks and it stopped speaking a long time ago. Besides, what type of princess eats an apple after it falls to the ground? 08-May-2017
A captivating history is its background as an uncomfortable visit through black slavery is remindful. Hollywood stamps it, softens it and moves on. At the forefront is a comment on sexism and its effects on a woman whose aspirations are more about being an individual than a society sanctioned female. She conspires and instigates as she suffers repercussions that only incites her to dust off, add some humility and never waver in her goal. Bette at her most beautiful and durable. The story predates "Gone With The Wind" and is erected firmly beside it. 28-Nov-2016
A Star Is Born (1937)
The one that started it all. It gets it all right but its not king because the others that followed blew their horns louder. 07-Jan-2016
Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
Art is in the details and in 3D those details are lusciously evident. Imagination, music and talent is abundant. I would give it a full moon except there is quite much celebration over a child murderer. Dorothy enacts two homicides and is branded a hero when any other vigilante would be hunted down. She's also a thief. 24-Dec-2015
Gone With The Wind (1939)
The ultimate woman's movie. Queen of the crop. 18-Oct-2015