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go to Mandalay!
- Colin Bratkovich
This pre-code flick (1934) find a fine cast of actors such as Ricardo Cortez,Warner Oland ,Lyle Talbot,Reginald Owen (before he was Scrooge) ,Rafaela Ottiano,Ruth Donnelly.Lucien Littlefield,& (maybe a cameo of Shirley Temple),all led by the likes of Kay Francis.While as a short film,director Michael Curtiz did well directing his production,as the camera fully exploits the extremely photogenic Kay,with a risque (boat) scene,& fab costumes (Orry Kelly),indeed all part of Kay's film image.However,this film plot contains much more.The action accures in the (then) colonial colony of Mandalay.Kay starts out as a good hearted bimbo,who's devotion to her smuggler & (scum bag) boyfriend (Ricardo Cortez) gets her knee deep in trouble.And just when Kay finds her way out of being sold into prostution,dealing with currupt officials.trying to help a nice but weak (male) doctor.comic releif from boat passangers,and dealing (again) with Cortez-who's role as a scum bag progresses to a truely evil entity.Indeed,this film is more than a soap opera.Kay is more so to revealed as a strong & clever woman,& getting even with Cortez just had to wickedly be pleasing for depression weary audences.If seen,later audences just have to agree!(Kay is also given a fine (Sanny Fain &Irving Kahal penned 'pop' song "If Tomorrow Comes".She did it well,& fit well into this very well done film.It's also too bad that the multi-talant Kay was not interested in producing any popular (contemporary) recordings like this one.)
Melodrama! Style! Chic! Sordid!
- Muriel Schwenck
Who knew the life of a russian emigre prostitute could be so stylish. Why you would hardly know that she sells herself. But she feels it! She redeems herself.Great melodrama, great ensemble cast, great photography, great wardrobe. Do 't miss this early 30's gem.
Look again, previous reviewer! Shirley Temple plays, "Betty Shaw" in this wonderful film. I know Robert Osborne is not perfect. But I'm sure his mistakes are few and far between when it comes to movies.
Don't bother looking for Shirley
Although Robert Osbourne states "Shirley Temple is in this film, see if you can spot her" she is not. According to Anne Edwards who wrote "American Princess", a biography of Shirley, she played the daughter of hotel owners, BUT her scenes were cut from the final picture. I don't know why Osbourne says that. Even Leonard Maltin's review states "Shirley is supposed to be in this film, but even we can't find her."