- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
- Would You Recommend?
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Fun Look at Early Stanwyck and McCrea
- Manny Farber Fan
Not a bad romp through every cliche in the mid-depression era: tough dame from the wrong side of the tracks, kind, sympathetic crooks, effete, useless rich people, true love between unlikely lovers, a couple of romantic triangles, tacked-on murder mystery episode, etc. Mostly interesting watching McCrea working toward his eventual character of broad-shouldered everyman while stuck playing a snotty playboy. Also, Stanwyck starting to show big doses of the tough-as-nails but soft-hearted street-smart operator she perfected by the time of "The Lady Eve". Not much to grab you but moves along quickly!
Watch the decor here!
I forgot to mention in my other review that this film is definitely Art Deco in the decor and you also find Egyptian artifacts on the mantel and other places in the film These types of bric-a-brac were the rage in Hollywood at that time because of the opening of King Tut's tomb in the 1920s. You see many pieces of jewelry and statues, etc. in these 1930s films that link to the Egyptian craze back then. The clean lines of the Art Deco era are also evident in these films. Beautiful!
Thank the stars for character actors!
C. Aubrey Smith, one of the really great character actors, is the motivator in this film. He moves the film along just as it seems bogged down and, as always, he is a marvel! Stanwyck and McCrea are paired almost magically and she gives a very understated performance here and, for a change, is a good girl! I enjoyed this film very much and will definitely look for it again.
- kevin sellers
Aside from good early Stanwyck sexiness and toughness, this film, featuring a dull story, cardboard characters and uninspired direction has little to recommend it. C minus.
A SHAME THIS HASN'T BEEN ON VHS OR DVD!
Another excellent flick from one of the most UNcelebrated actresses of the heyday of Hollywood. I personally think ALL of her 30's movies should be on dvd! She and Joel McCrea didn't have much chemistry in Union Pacific, but in this flick, they were HEAVEN together, absolutely loved it. Caught it on TCM on 4/26/08, thank you for playing it!
Early Stanwyck is the best!
- Randy Reid
Simple movie with Stanwyck in character as a sponky Lady at her best. Same character was shown in Night Nurse. I would buy this movie today!
- Julia Pryor
I just watched this film. Needless to say, I always enjoy wathcing her. "A consumate actress. Joel McCrea's no slouch either. I enjoy the older character as well, C. Aubrey Smith. Please put this film on DVD. Thanks, TCM.