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Rare talkie with John Gilbert is worth watching
I have always wanted to see a John Gilbert "talkie" so I was glad to view this on TCM. Contrary to other comments on Mr. Gilberts acting, I did not think he was a bad actor. I had read that the reason he did not transition well in to the talkies is because of his higher pitched voice and the studio heads didn't like it.The movie was a little confusing, but I enjoyed it. John Gilbert was very good looking; I can understand why Greta Garbo had an affair with him!
He seemed so British__
I was never really plugged into Gilbert albeit the wild eyed silent actor but this 'blue period' early talkie..seemed to hit a nerve__early film noir?? Sure, hoakie at times but enjoyable..the poignant final scene on his deathbed seemed to echoe his remaining 5 yrs It was the quality of the light that shone on his face..not to mention Anita's close -up that was so visceral...hmnnnn! Maybe it's true only the good die young...Here's to you JOHN_________keep up the good work TCM and how about playing more of your 'noir' vault collection___
Good Movie for Early Talkie
Fun and a lot of bad guys with the old style tough guy talk!
Mediocre Film, Good Acting
The tales of John Gilbert's failure in talkies also leads one to believe he was a poor actor. This 1931 film is not very impressive but the ensemble is talented and Gilbert is excellent, even touching in some scenes. Not exactly recommended for the story but does show Gilbert's career decline was not lack of talent, looks or voice, but poor luck and drink.