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Ida Lupino,s first film. The part was actually cast for her mother and Ida went along to the audition with her mother who was around 35 years old although still a girlish type. When Allan Dwan saw Ida he said she was perfect for the part and so 19 year old Lupino got the part as the young girl who seduces the older man. A fast moving film for the early 1930,s Dwann directs his cast of established english actors with his customary adeptness,drawing a sparkling performance from Lupino as the skittish Anne who seduces(in a nice clean english way)the middle aged author Brian(Arnold Riches) with support from Diana Napier as the slightly disaproving mother Mrs Merton. There are some wearying comic interludes from the popular music hall artist at the time, Harry Tate as the Major,and the 2 gorgeous Blackburn sisters make a small appearance but it is Lupino who sparkles throughout the film, contrasting greatly to the roles that she would play in Hollywood in later years. I saw this picture at a private screening, but would recommend it to anyone who would want to witness how Lupino developed into one of the greatest, but sadly underrated actresses of the 1940,s
This film is based on a stage play.It concerns an engaged woman who wants experience of life as she delicately puts it,before she gets married.So she decides to have a fling with her favourite writer,George Curzon.His wife decides to play along with the game.However in the middle of this,the antics of Harry Tate.Now this may be tiresome for fans of Lupino but it is a great bonus for fans of the English music hall.One would guess that when the film was shown there were a lot more fans of Tate than Lupino.Interesting to note that fames Amerucan director Allen Dwan appears to have made no attempt to curb Tate's famous booming delivery.It is difficult to believe that in no more than 10 years Lupino would become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.Her famous mannerisms have not yet arrived.So a real curiosity of a film.
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