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Glamorous, sophisticated & thrilling!!!!
Ask any true Crawford fan and they will tell you this is the must have lost masterpiece they would kill to get there hands on!! It is a dark and sophisticated picture with Crawford at the helm dressed in rapturous Adrian gowns and oozing in drama. She is at her epitome of thirties Hollywood glamour here; her look is perfected. She is a thrill to look at and her acting is top-notch. Dear God let this one be released!!!!!
Crawford's lost masterpiece of glamour
Thanks to an idiot judge, this film was pulled from distribution back in the 30s, and hasn't been legally available ever since. It was a copyright infringement case, but the playwright who sued had based his own story on a real-life case. MGM maintained that their film was based on the original case, not the play. They lost.Now that the copyright on the lousy play has expired, this film need to be released so that we can finally judge its merits, rather than rely on old reviews and still photographs (which are stunning, by the way).
I cannot wait for this movie to be available on DVD. I have seen a horrible copy of this movie on youtube, but what a treat! It's a very great movie and I think it should be available for everyone to see. Crawford is fabulous in it.
I couldn't get into this film, even though Robert Montgomery's a favorite actor of mine. I far prefer Madeleine Smith's story being depicted by Ann Todd in David Lean's (1950) version entitled, "Madeleine." Todd's a better actor and Lean's a better director.
My headline word describes both this movie and the title character's player. I do not like either one. The sadism of the lead character is apparent and unappealing to me. There are enough people who enjoy inflicting pain and suffering on others without having to watch it as a form of entertainment. Letty Lynton is about a woman sadist who enjoys inflicting pain and suffering upon others. It seems very telling to me that so many people enjoy watching that kind of violence. I am disappointed the Robert Montgomery agreed to be any part of this movie.
Snob Plays Snob
No surprises or entertainment value in this film. It's another of Crawford's attempts to make herself seem like the socialite character. It didn't work, neither does this film.
It's too bad that a legitimate actress wasn't cast in the title role that Crawford was a miserable failure in. Robert Montgomery deserved a far better leading actor to match his performance. Montgomery delivers one of his best. At least he's able to carry part of the film. But I wouldn't recommend it.