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Inside the Lines(1930)

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Inside the Lines (1930)

While Betty Compson was one of the most hard-working and persistent actresses of early film, with a career that spanned silent and sound (as well as big studios and Poverty Row) she was never enshrined with the same reverence as other stars. That's a shame, because her screen presence, as seen through modern eyes, is refreshingly unfussy and sensual compared to other, more theatrically rigid contemporaries of the early sound era. In this film, made during a well-deserved fruitful stretch of her career, she plays one of a pair of betrothed lovers forced apart at the dawn of World War I, only to be thrown together again while under separate deep cover as spies -- she posing as a friend in the governor's inner circles, her fianc (Ralph Forbes) posing as a British officer. This is of the few movies directed by Roy Pomeroy, a special effects technician whose previous work included first Best Picture winner Wings (1928) and DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1923). In 1927 Pomeroy was one of the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that bestowed a Best Actress nomination upon Compson for her work in The Barker (1928).

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