Sunday, February 8, 2009

30's movies marathon - part 16

My Man Godfrey (1936, USA) - A hobo with a Harvard degree gets hired as a butler for a family of rich assholes. Darker than Wodehouse, lighter than Blackadder. Best scene: The opening, where New York's wealthiest decadents go on a scavenger hunt for "lost men" in the city dump. Watched it all.

Things to Come (1936, UK) - Powerful anti-war science fiction. In the distant year of 1940, war drags the world down a seemingly neverending spiral of violence and disease. Eventually a strong but peaceful world government arises, creating a new world order based on reason, science and preposterous clothing. Watched it all.

Next Time We Love (1936, USA) - Bloodless romance, with James Stewart back when he was so young his best smile just made him look sleazy and stupid. Watched: 9 minutes.

Ceiling Zero (1936, USA) - Dedicated to the brave young men in the U.S. Air Mail Service. Watched 8 minutes. IMDB reviewers say the rest sucks too.

Swing Time (1936, USA) - Wave your hands in the air / And wave 'em like you just don't care / Like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire / My main man Yogi Bear. Not as good as Top Hat. Watched: 55 minutes.

Desire (1936, USA) - Con woman Marlene Dietrich hooks up with regular joe Gary Cooper. It'll never last! But I do wish they'd shown the scene where he gives her a spanking for being a perl thief. Watched it all.

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