30’s movies marathon – part .. oh who’s counting?
March 24, 2009 Leave a comment
Jezebel (1938, USA) – A 1850’s New Orleans woman tries to win love through manipulation and audacity, which doesn’t work out too well. Told against a background of Southern elegance and happy, comical slaves. Fantastic, racist period piece, with Bette Davis switching comfortably between brave, pathetic and cruel. Watched it all. IMDB reviewers call it a prelude to Gone With the Wind, which is nonsense – this is far better.
You Can’t Take it With You (1938, USA) – A group of free spirits explore Maslow’s fifth layer in their commune, which is threatened by .. (queue Psycho-music) .. tycoons. Nice, well-intended, and naive, in a way that’s a little less interesting now that we’re all like this. Watched: 30 minutes.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938, USA) – The beloved classic, reimagined as Dennis the Menace. Watched: 10 minutes.
Ask a Policeman (1938, UK) – Loud jokes that beat you over the head with how funny they are. Watched: 8 minutes.
The Texans (1938, USA) – Evil cardboard yankees force confederate veterans to pay taxes and work for a living in reconstruction-era Texas. It’s a travesty! It’s up to a band of brave, doomed rebels to save the South, by relaunching the Civil War with Mexican and French soldiers on their side. Yes, they’re the good guys. Watched: 14 minutes.
A Slight Case of Murder (1938, USA) – Gangster tries to go legit when prohibition ends, but Society Won’t Let Him, (they hate his crappy beer). Watched: 8 minutes.