Nan, a racketeer's daughter, is in love with The Kid, a shooting gallery showman. Despite Nan's prodding, The Kid has no ambitions about joining the rackets and making enough money to ... See full summary »
Nan, a racketeer's daughter, is in love with The Kid, a shooting gallery showman. Despite Nan's prodding, The Kid has no ambitions about joining the rackets and making enough money to support Nan in the lifestyle she's accustomed to. Her attitude changes after her father implicates her in a murder and she's sent to prison. During her incarceration, her father convinces The Kid to join the gang in order to help free Nan. When Nan is released, she wants nothing more to do with the mob and tries to get The Kid to quit, but she may be too late. Written by
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This was only Mamoulian's second film and already showed a greater mastery over the film-making process than even he had shown in APPLAUSE. There is excellent use of shadows and close-ups, sharp editing and a good feel for mood.
The story is slight, but it is fascinating throughout. Sidney and Cooper play well together and one wishes they had appeared in more together. Cooper is at his most handsome here and his youthful face is beautifully lit. He shows all the mastery of facial expression that made him a consummate silent film actor. He is totally believable in the role and does an excellent job. Sidney is also very effective but it's Cooper's show.
It's interesting to see suave Paul Lukas and comic actor Guy Kibbee playing against types as heels and Wynne Gibson makes the most of her scenes of jealousy as the jilted Agnes.
It's a solid and stylish early talkie with Mamoulian's usual polish. Worth seeing.
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