Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without ... See full summary »
Thunder Below is a 1932 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Richard Wallace and written by Sidney Buchman and Josephine Lovett. The film stars Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Bickford, Paul... See full summary »
There have been a spate of London police murders, the victims always killed by a long knife (which the police know is a sword cane), the murders always taking place in a deserted but ... See full summary »
Lord Peter Wimsey is an amateur detective. He is to be married to Harriet Vane, who writes crime novels, at a big Society wedding. Harriet has little charms made so that they both promise ... See full summary »
Arthur B. Woods,
This film was first telecast in Chicago Thursday 24 January 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Omaha 15 February 1957 on WOW (Channel 6), by Norfolk VA 1 May 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), by Minneapolis 25 May 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9) , by Albuquerque 28 May 1957 on KOAT (Channel 7), by Philadelphia 7 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Miami 11 November 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), by Seattle 22 November 1957 on KING (Channel 5) and in Portland OR 15 December 1957 on KGW (Channel 8) ; in San Francisco it found itself in the unhappy situation of being broadcast on the morning of 22 November 1963 on KGO (Channel 7), repeatedly, and sadly, but understandably, interrupted by the latest news updates from Dallas. In New York City and Los Angeles this title would have been included in the MGM film library then under the control of WCBS (Channel 2) and KTTV (Channel 11), respectively, but there is no reliable documentation that it was ever televised at this time in either of these major markets, most likely because of sponsors resistance to its age and the severely pre-code aspects of its basic story. See more »
[on the telephone]
But Carol, this bank is your guardian. We're living in 1932, but you persist in spending money as if it were still '29, before the crash. You've forced me to eliminate your charities - even your father's most beloved project - the Morgan Home for Girls.
[lounging on her silk sheets]
Fine. I don't believe in delinquent girls - silly weaklings.
But our records show that twenty-nine percent of them went on the street because they didn't have a bed to sleep in.
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Not quite 'The Crowd' to be frank, but a very worthy, suitably downbeat and constantly entertaining depiction of conditions in Depression America. Bankhead is the spoiled heiress who goes broke, and not very graciously at that, reunites with her old beau, Montgomery the sausage manufacturer, and learns valuable lessons walking the streets to buy medicine for him when he is recovering from a vicious attack by truck-drivers when he was trying out as a scab. So, pretty down-to-earth stuff this, right? But of course, MGM being MGM, even in these daring Pre-Code days, and Tallulah being Tallulah, the first third of the film is packed with state of the art glamor and a little too self-absorbed and complacent to blend in well with the rest of the film.
Miss Bankhead slouches through the various modes of the film, very much in a one size fits all kind of characterization, but she says her lines well and growls her 'dahlings' to every heart's content. You don't quite believe her heart is in it when she quotes the percentage of streetwalkers claiming they all had "good reason". Robert Montgomery is the real treat as the eternal optimist who just cannot be held down for long. He is wonderful and has an authentic vulnerability. The best scene, though, is Tallulah's in collaboration with the director. Exasperated at the sight of her ailing husband lying there in bed Tallulah quickly dresses to go out. The sympathetic landlady asks her where she's going. "To the drugstore". Landlady: "You look a little ... pale". So she obviously guesses Tallulah's about to prostitute herself and helps her apply her alluring makeup in her own understated way. By the way, it's a remarkable film.
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