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Just Pals Reviews

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½ January 22, 2015
good character study
½ August 30, 2012
Very early Ford about a heroic hobo and the young tramp he takes under his wing, Just Pals is an entertaining if slight (it runs a short 52 minutes) adventure with likable heroes and a good sense for suspenseful storytelling. Made back when John Ford was known as Jack Ford, and Griffith's thrilling crosscut climaxes and American pastoral settings were all the rage, this Western -- perfect for Ford -- is an early example of clean and efficient filmmaking, even if some of the footage that might make it even tidier is lost for good.
½ September 26, 2009
Well, this is a well done film for 1920, but compared with what the German, French, Italian and even American film was producing it's quite simple. It has good action, good cameras, a not so bad acting - for the period - but it doesn't have the intensity of previous Griffith's works and not the beauty of many European films of the same epoch. But this is Ford in the beginning, we know he made many classics after . :)
August 13, 2008
Jack Ford. Funny. There is more plot and character development in this short film (by today‚??s standards) than in some epics. In that sense it is very sophisticated because it assumes the audience can keep up with all the twists and turns. It looks pretty good, especially considering the age, but I don‚??t expect it will be on Blu-Ray anytime soon. It‚??s alternately a very cruel and tender film. Very entertaining. This could easily be remade successfully today, but they‚??d be hard pressed to make it as emotionally effective.
January 17, 2008
A decent enough drama about a guy and a kid. Nothing special, but not bad. Seems like in the old days there were a lot of stories about lazy/bum guys finding a surrogate son and learning responsibility through them. I prefer Chaplin's "The Kid" as far as this theme goes, but there's nothing wrong with this one. As a film,. it hits the right numbers story wise, and Ford seems to all ready be in command of capturing the images he needs to tell the story.
January 15, 2008
Mycket charmig bagatell om en dagdrivare som tar hand om en pojke på rymmen.
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