Film School Drop Outs - Weekly Challenge 2018
Week 4: Studio - MGM Studios in the 1930s
“You never can tell when a stray bullet is liable to push you over.”
Despite briefly falling asleep during the first act, I’d say Penthouse is a fairly solid Pre-code gangster flick, with some mystery and romance folded in too. My TCM rip includes a conversation between Robert Osbourne and Leonard Maltin, in which Maltin says Penthouse has the gloss of a typical MGM picture, but the grit of a picture from Warner Brothers. He’s not wrong; gallons of alcohol are swilled throughout, and one specific moment of violence actually caught me by surprise: a man chokes out his dying words with a mouthful of blood, which oozes over his teeth and down his cheek. Nice!