Vanity Fair (1932)

 |  Drama  |  15 March 1932 (USA)
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This cinematic adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel stars Myrna Loy in her first starring role.

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This cinematic adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel stars Myrna Loy in her first starring role.

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1.37 : 1
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23 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When I first turned on the DVD with this film, I was very tempted to just turn it off--the print and especially the sound were that bad. In fact, it's among the worst quality prints I've ever seen from Alpha Video--and that's saying a lot because none of Alpha's DVDs appear to have any restoration work on them and many are in horrible shape. The sound on this one is simply appallingly bad and I sure hope someone would one day restore the print. But, considering this isn't a particularly good film, it's doubtful this will occur.

Aside from the novelty of seeing this story of a conniving woman set in the modern day instead of the 19th century like it was in Thackeray's novel as well as seeing Myrna Loy in one of her earliest starring roles, there's not much to recommend this movie. While I did not exactly love the famous 1935 version (entitled "Becky Sharp"--and it was the first full-length full color movie), it was better than this one. There are also newer versions that also work better than this low-budget 1932 one. In fact, I really think they set the film in the 1930s because of the budget--as they didn't need the added expense of costumes and wigs. This one, unfortunately, comes off as dated and creaky--with poor acting and a cheapness about it. And, given the horrendous quality of the print, it is not a film I could recommend.

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