Five Star Final Reviews
If you're a fan of Edward G. Robinson's (and if you're not, you should be), you've gotta get your hands on this ridiculously over-the-top melodrama, made very early in Mervyn LeRoy's career and nominated for the best Picture Oscar in 1932 (it lost, and deservedly, to Grand Hotel). Robinson plays Randall, the newly-installed editor of a New York tabloid who wants to turn the paper in a more traditional direction, so he assigns muckraker Vern Isipod (Boris Karloff) to the society pages. You can see where this could go wrong, and indeed it does, in record time, with Isipod attempting to dig up dirt on a socialite in order to prevent her upcoming society marriageā"and in the process causing her family irreperable harm. There is much scenery-chewing from everyone involved, an inspid script delivered with great gusto by the cast, and that still-early-in-the-world-of-talkies overexpression rampant. It's ridculous fun. ***
(1931) Five Star Final
An early social commentary film about media sensationalism that involves a lady's attempts in moving on with her life after being acquited for a crime that happened 20 years ago with this particular newspaper stalking her and her husband or not leave it alone all for the sake of making more money and selling more papers! The movie is not bad because it states a particular situation except that if people were to watch this film as of right now, would have already figured out it's message long before the credits started rolling! Well made, but a toss up considering that the media can be held liable in specific situations such as this one if this were to happened today - still very debatable!
2 out of 4
With film adaptations of stage plays, you rarely see any filmmaking qualities other than point and shoot. But here, there are quite a few tracking shots, including one following a suicide attempt using silhouettes and fades, that are impressive anyway. Doubly so for a 1931 shoot.
A great lesson to be learned to anyone who allows for the manipulation of their morality by a media who merely seeks their dollar.