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Comet over Broadway(1938)

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  • Not So Fast, Maltin!

    • Dave Campbell
    • 1/2/15

    One of Kay's last forays into heavy melodrama with complete directorial and technical support is classic melodrama, with not one second wasted. Of course it's daytime soap stuff, but that was Kay's speciality, and by this time in her career Warner's was not shifting the major roles in her direction but to the new Queen of the Lot, Bette Davis. Nonetheless, Star Over Broadway is classic Kay, with those characteristic glazed looks she flings to the skies in hopes of a better life to come, and in this one, Kay, beginning as a small-town news vendor who longs for stardom, even chews gum! Because of an unlikely murder, Kay flees to New York and soon has transferred her stardom to be the Toast of London--and in love! There are, of course, amazing complications in the space of a little over an hour, and crammed in with everything else, is a wonderfully magnetic performance by woefully forlorn Minna Gombel, and as a kid she calls "Mommy," deadly Sybil Jason, whose overacting is absolutely cringe-inducing. This film is in fascinating contrast to the pre-code films Kay really sparkled in, a gem like Jewel Robbery with William Powell for instance, where the role of women had not yet been constricted by a stringently religious code. In Comet, the code is in full place, and the end of this film may have you either hiding behind the couch or throwing tomatoes. But the film can be great fun and an amazing window into the period and the quality that could even be crammed into a tiny film.

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    • RedRain
    • 11/18/13

    I strongly object to Leonard Maltlin calling this film laughable, as it is far from that. It is a melodrama but Kay Francis, always one of my favorite actresses, gives quite an admirable performance. There are two love stories here involving Francis, her character's daughter, Sybil, and Bert, beautifully acted by a very nuanced performance by Ian Hunter. The lessons she learns about truth overcoming lies are as pertinent today as then. This is not the type of acting we see today. In 1938, over-acting was the norm in a lot of film and you do see some of it here but not from Francis. She's as beautiful and real as she always was.

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    • Bill
    • 8/7/10

    Sybil Jason out-performed the entire cast even with the small role she had. Typical of Hollywood's treatment of child stars then. Nevertheless, it was a pretty good movie, even if somewhat heart-breaking.

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