While romancing a beautiful Russian countess, a captain in the Austrian intelligence service is assigned to capture "K-14", a clever spy who has so far managed to remain undetected. What ... See full summary »
Wealthy Cynthia is in love with not-so-wealthy Roger, who is married to Marcia. The threesome is terribly modern about the situation, and Marcia will gladly divorce Roger if Cynthia agrees ... See full summary »
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Margie, singer on a showboat, decides to try her luck in New York inspite of being in love with the owners grandson. She is successful, but suddenly she hears that the showboat is in deep ... See full summary »
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Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less ... See full summary »
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One More Spring is a 1935 film about three people (Janet Gaynor, Warner Baxter, and Walter Woolf King) living together in the maintenance shed at Central Park as an alternative to living on... See full summary »
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Gold-diggers Kay Francis and Lilyan Tashman meet susceptible lonely businessmen at conventions in this ribald preproduction code story. The millionaires lavish the girls with expensive ... See full summary »
A vaudeville star has to leave her daughter with her dead husband's stuffy Boston parents while she makes a living. But when the daughter shows some talent, the mother become a stage mother... See full summary »
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Jack Brookfield, a gambler with clairvoyant and hypnotic powers, is able to win at cards through his unique gift. But when he inadvertently hypnotizes young Clay Thorne, Thorne kills an ... See full summary »
Not every Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell film is golden...
Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell made a dozen films together and their films were incredibly popular. A few of them were classics, such as "7th Heaven" and then, unfortunately, there were films like "The Man Who Came Back"...a terribly written nonsensical sort of picture!
When the film begins, you see that Stephen Randolph (Farrell) is a rich, spoiled brat (sort of the Paris Hilton of the day). While his father is incredibly wealthy and worked very hard to amass this fortune, his son has none of his dad's character. The problem apparently is that Stephen knows no matter how stupid and obnoxious he is, his dad will once again bail him out of any trouble he gets in...or so he thinks. He's finally done it, however, and gone too far. His father gives him an ultimatum...go to work in San Francisco and work his way up (just like he did) or be completely disowned. Well, Stephen is apparently a total idiot as well and instead goes to San Francisco and drinks and carouses. He's still a major embarrassment to the family and so after blowing this chance, he is literally Shanghaied--tossed on a boat and ends up in Shanghai!
At this point, the film goes completely insane and I can only assume that is why you see him in an opium den...just a few steps away from turning from alcohol to drugs. Here is where he inexplicably meets the exact same girl he was running around with in San Francisco! Huh?! Well, apparently when Stephen was Shanghaied, this nice girl he was dating fell into despair, became a drunk slut and ended up in the exact same opium den he'd find himself in halfway across the world!!! Not only are the odds of this one in a billion, but seeing Gaynor playing this character was laughable. She was a tiny, lady- like actress and excelled at always playing nice girls...and seeing her as a tough slut in the opium den was more laughable than seeing Florence Henderson taking on such a film role!!
Suddenly, the film skips ahead a year. The pair have married and are living in Hawaii. Life is apparently good and Stephen appears to have stopped drinking. Oddly, however, the hubby brings home a bottle of booze and admits he had a drink. And, at this point I started wondering if perhaps it was the writer who was drinking heavily when they wrote this crap! What's next? Who cares?! I sure know I didn't...especially because the dialog and writing were just terrible and didn't get any better...in fact, it got much stupider!! The scene where Gaynor meets his family is one that needs to be seen to believed!!
The bottom line is that if you had poor writing BUT you liked the characters, the film might be watchable and worth seeing. But with characters who were idiots, made little sense and talked like no one in real life, you are left confused and wondering why they made this mess in the first place...especially since the pair were top stars at the time, not actors in a crappy B-movie by a 4th-rate studio. Inexplicably, it was from Fox...one of the biggies of the era. And, it was made by a great director...Raoul Walsh. Rarely have I seen a film with so many good parts that all amount to nothing!
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