From the Twitch Live Stage at New York Comic Con 2017, IMDb LIVE host Kevin Smith talks to Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada about the development of the Marvel franchise, his history at Comic Con and more.
Elaine Hammerstein, part of the great theatrical family of producers and lyricists was a leading star on Broadway and -- in this period -- a leading actress in the films. Here in this backstage musical melodrama, she's a spunky New York Irish girl who makes her way up to star in a Broadway musical, but of course, she loves fellow New York Irish Teddy von Eltz. It's a full-dress melodrama co-written by Mrs. Fanny Hatton -- and, despite a few nice touches by director -- later MGM producer -- Hunt Stromberg, it doesn't work. It's hard to do musical numbers in silent pictures, although some people could manage -- Robert Z. Leonard could manage and von Stroheim's MERRY WIDOW works beautifully.
However, the musical numbers, which should be set-pieces of beauty to contrast with the tawdriness of the rest of the melodrama, don't really come off. Miss Hammerstein looks best posing in the intermediate two-shots -- she is very charming but doesn't seem to know how to play to the camera, and the story line is fairly standard. Even the Demille-type party scene looks a little tired.
While this is by no means a bad movie, it lacks anything to make it great. Worth a look. but missing it won't ruin your life.
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