The sound was terrible on this early talkie. Had to turn the volume up full and still had to concentrate hard to hear what was being said. But at least this rare jazz era novelty exists. The story of a upper-class party girl who has to behave to get her inheritance. Lloyd Hughes was stiff as a nail, per usual, but Olive Borden, my was she a natural in Hello Sister (1930)! Pretty much the only reason to see this film, but she was worth it!
The comedy in Dulcy (1940) probable suited me more than most. I love my comedy dizzy, and this sure this sure was dizzy. Came from the same material as Not So Dumb (1930) with Marion Davies, which was a complete dump. Here you can see how it's done right with a set of superior comedians. Ann Sothern was a delight. Ian Hunter came out of his dull shell. Reginald Gardiner was a wonderful mental patient. Plus you had Roland Young,…
"Cricket, sir. Cricket!"
This is one of the funnier Alfred Hitchcock films and up there with The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and The 39 Steps (1935) as Hitchcock's best British work of the 30s. The pacing so different. Taking it's time for a seemingly irrelevant opening portion other then to get to know some of the people and get entertained with slapstick and naughtiness before the suspense elements slowly starts taking over when the train start rolling. And…
I never thought such a wonderfully rude romance story could have me in tears because of it's underlying sweetness!
The dialogue was incredible! I guess that's down to George Bernard Shaw who wrote the play. It escapes all the clichés to reach it's clichés and feels so much more rewarding then your average screwball farce because they actually do get under each others skin!
And this is another time when Leslie Howard takes my breath away. From being a actor…