Wednesday, February 11, 2009

30's movies marathon - part 17

Pépé le Moko (1936, France) - Excellent gangster drama, set in the Casbah in Algiers. Watched it all. IMDB reviewers say it invented noir. I say you should follow up with The Battle of Algiers.

Windbag the Sailor
(1936, UK) - An old man who pretends to have been a sailor is tricked into captaining a doomed vessel. He inevitably ends up king of a cannibal island. Watched it all. Not very funny, but .. it's British humor, finally!

Follow the Fleet (1936, USA) - Who needs medicare and the 35c flat rate fare, when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are dancing through the air? (I'll soon run out of obscure song references, I promise.) Watched it all.

Satan Met a Lady
(1936, USA) - A crime comedy with the actual comedy removed, leaving only unappealing cynicism behind. Watched: 20 minutes. IMDB claims it's based on the The Maltese Falcon. I refuse to believe it!

The Garden of Allah (1936, USA) - It's good to see a 30's movie In Glorious Technicolor (tm) at last, but what a mess the story is. You can't cast Marlene Dietrich in a straight and boring drama. The sprinkle of oriental stereotypes don't make it exotic, just stupid. Watched: 21 minutes.

Libeled Lady (1936, USA) - Some people are trying to frame some other people as part of some intricate plot. Charming nonsense, saved by William Powell and Myrna Loy redoing their parts from The Thin Man. Watched it all.

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