The Watch List For 3/21/13
SONG WITHOUT END (1960) --- Dirk Bogarde's Franz Liszt (the guy who wrote some music for The Black Cat, remember?) seducing 'cross
|It's the Baroness Meinster (Martita Hunt) Welcoming|
Another 1960 Visitor To Her Castle!
SHADOW OF A WOMAN (1946) --- Gaslight variation wherein murdering doc Helmut Dantine uses new bride Andrea King to square account with former wife and mother of a child he's now starving to death. Pretty unwholesome, as is synopsis-clear, and characters act foolishly against own interests in that contrived movie way that always irks. Will heroines ever cease delivering themselves into villain clutches for sake alone of juicing up third-acts? Warners did several like this on B terms --- if it wasn't Dantine deviltry (with women), then Zachary Scott stood ready, sometimes even Bogart in reduced enough wife-killing circumstance. Adolph Deutsch scores to fine effect, at times reusing Maltese Falcon themes. Sinister Dantine reminded me lots of Montgomery Clift after his car crash, a sort of bent handsomeness that kept this Austrian-born actor largely out of sympathetic leads.
SUCCESS (1931) --- Myopic Jack Haley can't see to read song sheets as a department store music plugger, so how's he going to play baseball to please his girl's sport obsessed father? Haley did surprising volume of comedy shorts before he was the Tin Man, and it's just lately they've begun to be unearthed. Does Jack appeal? I think more so when he's meek, as here, less on brash occasion, like Salt Water Daffy. Opening scenes with Haley among store display of Warner-owned tunes is window to a past when ways of selling music included guys/gals performing all day behind counters. Oh, to have but a little of that back! The would-be father-in-law is TV's future Perry White John Hamilton, who lets thinning hair down to fun-make with Haley, a refreshing glimpse of a player we associate with stolid. Jack's ball team hails from "
MONTE CARLO (1930) --- An Ernst Lubitsch-Maurice Chevalier musical comedy that unfortunately does not have Maurice Chevalier. There is Jeanette MacDonald and good writing from before, but Maurice was occupied at quicker-done vehicles to cash in on success of The Love Parade, thus substituting of Jack Buchanan, over twenty years shy of screen magnetism he'd bring to 1953's The Bandwagon.