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An early talkie from the "dream factory" before it was so dreamy!
There are two main reasons to watch this film: 1] the fact that it is Joan Crawford's first talkie, and 2] the fact that it is one of the earliest talkies of MGM studios. These reasons alone make this film worthy of being preserved and revered.
That said, one of the first things I noticed about this film was how creaky it was, and how unglamorous, despite some glamorous scenes. It doesn't flow very easily, and it isn't a particularly special story either. Thus, it will be the stars that keep this one around. Those interested in Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery, et al. will want to see this. Film historians and movie buffs may also want to see this, in order to gain a greater appreciation of the different levels of art that this medium has been through.
Those interested in the technological aspects of movie-making will take note at how the camera works differently, how it zoomed from room to room, without breaks, causing the illusion of reality to be abandoned from time to time, as one notices that they aren't rooms at all, but sets. This has the dual effect of causing the viewer to both be annoyed and intrigued all at once, by the realization of film's humble beginnings.
Highlights of the film include Joan Crawford's transformation from wild young girl to a more sophisticated woman, the fashions, and a chance to see the young actress honing her craft, in her first non-silent film role.
As for the character Crawford plays, one never knows whether to love her or hate her. Her character is a rather bratty one, but not an entirely unsympathetic brat. There are times when the viewer may feel that bratty behavior has been outgrown, and there are other times during the film when we feel that we've been fooled!
For my part, I can't stay I particularly enjoyed it, but I am glad that I saw it, for all the above-mentioned reasons. Although it isn't the dreamy, glossy kind of film we have come to associate with MGM, it shows us how the studio got where it is, by showing us how it started. And for that, we, the audience, are truly enriched! So, while I can't recommend this to the average viewer, I do highly recommend it for movie buffs, Crawford fans, and film historians!
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