Nov. 9, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST
Nov. 9, 2008, 7:01 a.m. CST
(( Steve Jordan, a straight-laced youth )) Just because I see the error so often: the correct expression is "strait-laced." "Strait" means "tight."
Nov. 9, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST
Unless you’ve uncovered an alternate version of the film I think you intended to say “Jack Driscoll’s revelation that he loves Ann Darrow”. As Dehnam said when he first met Ann their relationship was “Strictly business”. As to ‘Up the River’ it is an odd viewing experience. The minstrel show sequence carries a very different message to us today but ‘black face’ was still a popular form of entertainment at the time the movie was produced. Al Jolson in the ‘Jazz Singer’ is the classic example but a number of stars like Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and George Burns appeared in black face. In fact it’s hard to find a 1930’s movie with Eddie Cantor where he doesn’t use burnt cork at some point.
Nov. 9, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST
by Dr Eric Vornoff
...is from the 1938 remake. As for Ford's direction, the locked-down camera was probably a technical necessity, this was an early talkie after all.
Nov. 9, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST
Definitely worth a review of his films. Miracle of Morgan Creek is one of his most famous and the one film in which I enjoy Betty Hutton and you have to love a last name like "Kockenlocker." However, you might want to try The Palm Beach Story. Well-written and funny. I'm looking forward to more of your early classics reviews.
Nov. 9, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST
Agree with you about Preston Sturges, although I will say "The Lady Eve" is the most accessible for modern audiences (since it is a screwball comedy starring the still recognizable names of Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda).
Nov. 9, 2008, 7:01 p.m. CST
Continentalop, I'll buy that. It's another excellent Sturges film and it's interesting to see Henry Fonda in a humorous role for a change. Barbara Stanwyck was great in this as well. A more obscure Sturges is The Sin of Harold Diddlebock with silent comedian great Harold Lloyd. Lloyd fans dislike this film quite a bit but I was pleasantly surprised. Not the greatest Sturges but still some good, funny stuff in it.
Nov. 9, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST
by Adelai Niska
I'll toss in a recomendation of Sullivan's Travels, which is the one I would think is his most well know. Lady Eve and Miracle of Morgan Creek are the only other of his films I've seen, but both are great