Vanity Fair

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Melody Lingers On (1935) Helen Brown Norden [It has] what should be an excellent cast -- Helen Westley, Laura Hope Crewes, William Harrigan, John Halliday and Mona Barrie, in addition to Miss Hutchinson -- but they don't seem lo he able to do much, as they are always falling over the plot. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
() Helen Brown Norden To us oldsters, with the memory of Douglas Fairbanks, the elder, ever green in our hearts, Abel's performance is a little too impetuously boyish... In fact, none of the cast was quite glamorous or gallant enough for me. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Under the Pampas Moon (1935) Helen Brown Norden There are two exciting horse races, one very good song, and a marvelously comic performance by Soledad Jimenez. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Enter Madame (1935) Helen Brown Norden [Enter Madame] forces upon me the regrettable conclusion that Miss Landi is not, and probably never has been, a very good actress. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
() Helen Brown Norden An incredible little offering which shows you life as it certainly never could be in a co-educational university. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
So This Is Africa (1933) Pare Lorentz Here again there is no basis for comedy, except for the general idea; i.e., a burlesque of the current jungle pictures. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
() Pare Lorentz There is not one single amusing incident in the picture, and, probably discovering it too late, the producer ends it with a fantastic bit of melodrama. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
A Bedtime Story (1933) Pare Lorentz [Maurice] Chevalier's latest movie, A Bedtime Story, might as well have been an animated cartoon; might better have been, in fact. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933) Pare Lorentz There is a pictorial quality about the opening scenes, and a maturity in the dialogue which make a better part of the picture seem true and important. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Goodbye Again (1933) Pare Lorentz Warren William has been in too many stenographer romances to walk without a director's crutch. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
() Richard Lawson Still, the movie proves a cheery enough diversion, during a summer movie season leaden with underwhelming blockbuster offerings. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Shaft (2019) K. Austin Collins What the new Shaft movie doesn't have, aside from raw gumption or style, is a context that makes it seem urgent. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Silver Dollar (1933) Pare Lorentz It shows Silver Dollar hanging grimly to his store until his grub-stakers make him a millionaire, and then it shows his subsequent wildness in a series of slow, but fairly amusing episodes. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
L'Age d'Or (1930) Pare Lorentz The written synopsis is much more entertaining than the picture, which is a pretentious bore. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Secrets (1933) Pare Lorentz Secrets was no treasure of a manuscript, hut it at least had a part written for a fullblown woman, and, as played by Margaret Lawrence quite a few years ago, it offered plenty of room for an actress to he womanly and mature. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Christopher Strong (1933) Pare Lorentz Neither producer, director, nor audience evidently ever once asked the question: what is the picture about? EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
M (1931) Pare Lorentz A beautifully balanced melodrama, well worth space in any language. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Elmer the Great (1933) Pare Lorentz If anyone missed the other performances of Elmer they may be surprised to find Joe E. Brown actually playing straight in this one; a task seemingly impossible for Hollywood comedians, but one which adds a great deal to the pleasure of the audience. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Zoo in Budapest (1933) Pare Lorentz A patent, junglecycle picture, the animals give their usual performances, but [cinematographer Lee] Garmes gave the show a certain charm which was too much for the principals to manage alone. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
The Champ (1931) Pare Lorentz It was, from beginning to end, a moving picture, and not a photographed play, with obvious miniatures, backdrops, and stage sets. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
() Helen Brown Norden The story for this one was taken from the novel of the same name by Elisabeth Cobb, Irvin S. Cobb's daughter. I don't know how good the original was, but the plot is certainly a phoney. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Nell Gwyn (1934) Helen Brown Norden It seems to me that [Anna Neagle] has caught the spirit of the role and carried it off with honors. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
() Helen Brown Norden Why they ever cast Elissa Landi as a Broadway fly-girl --and let her British accent struggle with 42nd Street slang -- is another of those fascinating Hollywood daily mysteries. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
() Helen Brown Norden Now [Fox has] had the courage to translate Richard Aldington's fine novel, All Men Are Enemies, to the screen. They have not been so successful with this one, but we must still admire their spirit. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
() Helen Brown Norden The crime may be perfect, but the picture is not. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Wild Cargo (1934) Helen Brown Norden After the first ten water buffalo, they all begin to look alike. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
() Helen Brown Norden Warner has dignity to his finger tips, even when he is scrubbing floors and rustling trunks up and down stairs -- a gentleman of the old school, by Gad, sir -- and it is nice to see him again. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Picture Snatcher (1933) Pare Lorentz Loud, trivial, illogical comedy thrown together as an excuse for James Cagney to exhibit a series of tricks for the edification of taxi drivers, professional wrestlers, and college boys. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Today We Live (1933) Pare Lorentz Lacking even a journalistic, contemporary quality, Today We Live is a flimsy business. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Looking Forward (1933) Pare Lorentz Looking Forward, is still another movie with a message, and little else. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Gabriel Over the White House (1933) Pare Lorentz The film itself is full of long-winded patriotic speeches which seem peculiarly false. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Storm at Daybreak (1933) Pare Lorentz Kay Francis is always heavy-handed and lethargic in her work, but in such a production as Storm at Daybreak, she has some authority and an ability to - as the phrase has it - wear her clothes well. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Captured (1933) Pare Lorentz Perhaps it was so botched I just thought there must have been some reason for the production in the first place. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Song of Songs (2005) Pare Lorentz There is a fine atmospheric quality to the picture that is tight and consistent, and there is more music underlying the story than you may realize, hut, even so, it is disappointing. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Richard Lawson As is true of the best Pixar movies, a carefully teased-out deeper meaning acts in rich concert with the fun and eye-popping stuff. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
She Done Him Wrong (1933) Pare Lorentz She Done Him Wrong is played straight, and to the hilt, and as a result it is good fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
The New Gulliver (1935) Helen Brown Norden The Russian puppet picture, [The New Gulliver], with 3,000 puppets in the cast, is the most amazing thing you've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
A Farewell to Arms (1932) Pare Lorentz Helen Hayes takes the movie, wraps it up, and carries it home with her. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Cynara (1932) Pare Lorentz As it was in the theatre, it remains: a mild, well-mannered show. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
() Helen Brown Norden Much to my surprise, the picture, saccharine with sentiment though it is, is not really so hard to take after all. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
The Private Life of Don Juan (1934) Helen Brown Norden The result is an entertaining and credible picture. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
The President Vanishes (1934) Helen Brown Norden The picture ends with an incredible solution, but not until you have sat through some of the most exciting reels the cinema realm has to offer. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
The Last Gentleman (1934) Helen Brown Norden The picture has one really hilarious and unexpected bit of farce [which] stands as a great relief to the rest of the film, which is pretty much a stock affair. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
The Pursuit of Happiness (1934) Helen Brown Norden The picture has been intelligently directed; it is quite consistently entertaining; and it has, as I have said, the ingratiating Mr. Lederer in a part well tailored to his talents, including his gift for comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Caravan (1934) Helen Brown Norden [Director Erik Charell's] handling of mass scenes is superb. There is not a moment of heaviness in them. Everything moves in a rhythmic line; and there are moments of surprising charm and beauty. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
() Helen Brown Norden The film is the most stirring, from a dramatic point of view, of any of the recent Soviet ones, and it is brilliantly acted, with great vitality and a moving power. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Anna Karenina (1935) Helen Brown Norden There seems more of anguish and more of sombre depth in this version than there was in the old silent film (with Garbo and John Gilbert). Garbo acts with a dignity and a bitter passion. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
The Dark Angel (1935) Helen Brown Norden The picture has been Avell directed and photographed, and it is really much more effective and moving than this synopsis might indicate. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Top Hat (1935) Helen Brown Norden While personally I didn't think it was quite so swell as The Gay Divorcee or Roberta, it is still about ten times better than am musical that hasn't got Fred Astaire in it. The man is a maniac when he starts to dance. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
I Live My Life (1935) Helen Brown Norden I liked the last Joan Crawford picture, Live My Life, more than any other which she has made in a long time. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019