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In 1932 Warners re-shot this same comedy with French-speaking actors (replacing the original performers), delivering all their dialog in French, at the same Hollywood studio, in the same sets, and using the same script (translated into French), under the French title "Le bluffeur" (The Bluffer). Subtitles weren't yet in vogue, so Warners gave French-speaking audiences a parallel version they could understand, played mostly by French actors. Powell's star part was played by Andre Luguet, Brent's by Lucienne Radisse, Sidney's by Torben Meyer, Kibbee's by Andre Cheron, McHugh's by Jacques Jou-Jerville, Middleton's by Georges Renavent, Beresford's by Christian Rub, and Littlefield's by Emile Chautard. Meyer, Renavent, Rub, and Chautard were already permanently ensconced in Hollywood, while most of the other French-speaking actors were imported from Paris just for these parallel French-language versions in the early 1930s. When subtitles and dubbing were soon "perfected", the US studios ceased making parallel versions like "Le bluffeur". See more »
Another wonderfully fast-moving early 1930s comedy with Powell in his element as a pushy promoter, this one is based on a stage play. As anticipated, it's rather talky, but the dialogue surfeit doesn't slow down the pace a single bit thanks to the masterful direction of Mervyn LeRoy who keeps the movie moving at such a rapid pace, it leaves the viewer begging for more as soon as "The End" flashes on the screen.
Assisted by Kurrle's fine photography and Grot's superlative sets, LeRoy has staged the movie using the full resources of the now mature sound cinema. Sequences like that in which a dialogue exchange between Powell and Brent is underscored by the tumultuous din of a salesmen's convention where the participants are growing more and more impatient by the second, have never been equaled, let alone surpassed. In fact, if anything (perhaps due to the dead hand of censorship), mainstream Hollywood seemed to grow more timid and less inventive as the 1930s advanced.
Powell has a great supporting cast to contend with, but still comes out on top.
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