What is there not too like, its a classic that pretty much started the haunted house movie sub genre. The amazing James Whale directed it plus having Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey, Melvyn Douglas, and Ernest Thesiger gave it an amazing feel since all of those were great verteran actors at the time. Then of course you have the amazing Boris Karloff who did not have a lot to do but look gruesome, but no one could do that better then him, and it was only later they figured out how good of an speaker he was at this time fresh off of Frankenstein he was basically a monster only. Also let not forget the beautiful ladies of Lilian Bond and Gloria Stuart (still alive and kicking and gives a good commentary on the Kino dvd version). It is a quick film at just over a hour long but it packs a lot into it and does not bog down at all, Whale was great at using shadows and the set really feels spooky. Tremendous cast and director along with a solid story will always win out.
Enjoyed this flick pretty well, Laughton is flawless like usual he is great with delivery. Also Robert Young was solid as well Margaret O'Brien who at 7 years old gave a wonderful performance, one of the better child actors I have seen in that era for sure. The effects were also well done, very understated and simple but worked well.
Ok its not great cinema by any means, yes it is some horrible direction, and yes it feels like a really bad cartoon most of the time but hey watching actors like Carradine and Channing not to mention the great Christopher Lee, hamming it up so much is enjoyable.
This is a good prehistoric adventure yarn that for the time period had pretty good effects. The acting was solid with Mature and Landis in the leads, and Lon Chaney Jr. giving a good performance as well, since there is basically no dialog they really had to go back to sort of silent film type acting. I believe the introduction of finding the cave markings was totally uneeded, they must have needed to flesh out the running time.
The effects was simplistic but it is 1940, I thought a lot of it was pretty seemless for the period. Some of course looked terrible but I dont see many films of today that dont have some really horrid looking effects as well. This is not a classic by any means but a solid typical film for its type, which is noteworhty because of Chaney Jr.
Love Monty Python, though nothing is really new in this skit film, there are a bunch of favorites from the Flying Circus TV show. And Terry Gilliam art work is always fun to watch. Pure python fun that any fan will enjoy though non fans probably wont get it.