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The Bad One (1930)

 |  Musical  |  3 May 1930 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Flanagan
The Spaniard
Blanche Friderici ...
Madame Durand (as Blanche Frederici)
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ...
Madame Pompier
Ullrich Haupt ...
Pierre Ferrande
Mitchell Lewis ...
Ralph Lewis ...
Charles McNaughton ...
John St. Polis ...
Henry Kolker ...
George Fawcett ...
Victor Potel ...
Harry Stubbs ...


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Aptly titled transitional talker
5 July 2002 | by (Easley, SC) – See all my reviews

Someone please decaffienate poor Delores Del Rio and open Mr. Lowe's eyes. Alas, no one uttered these directions to our leads. And so is spoiled a film of promise. How much cringing can one endure to enjoy some awesome sets from William Cameron Menzies? Edmund Lowe "sings", but I wouldn't call it music (embarrassing, perhaps). Miss Del Rio, clearly lost for how to act in a talking picture, emotes about 150 miles per hour. Scene after scene for the first 30 minutes is rasberry-worthy. This is such a shame, because work from the seconds and art direction invite scrutiny. A marvelous French village and prison are sumptuously photographed, and Mr. Lowe occasionally recovers the steely, resolved look that kept him popular through the '30's. Certainly, a textbook case of the birth of a new art form, and the difficulties the transition wrought.

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