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After having enjoyed watching a series of "Quota Quickie" DVDs for a poll being held on IMDbs Classic Film board for the best films of 1934,I started searching round online,and stumbled upon a great sounding Quota starring Leslie Howard,which led to me getting ready to meet the willing lady.
Leaving the army behind, Albert Latour uses his savings to set himself up as a private detective.Getting a knock at the door,Latour opens it,and finds all of his old army buddies.Inviting them in,Latour discovers that the gang had connected their pension to a small business run by Gustav Dupont,who had closed the business down,and has left all of Latour's war pals penniless.
Horrified by Dupont's treatment,Latour tells his friends that he will go undercover,and get Dupont to give him their pension back.Dressing up in disguise,Dupont attends a party being held by Gustav Dupont.Originally thinking that Gustav would be the one in complete control of the family's cash,Dupont soon discovers a lady,who is waiting patiently for her major pay check.
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Although the decades have sadly given the films print a real beating,director Gilbert Miller & cinematographer Joseph Walker's (who was Frank Capra's favourite cinematographer) most stylish moments are still able to shine,with Miller and Walker superbly using a blurred lens to show Gustav being unable to recognise Latour's change of outfits.For his adaptation of Louis Verneuil's play, Guy Bolton juggles his caper Comedy screenplay with dashes of Film Noir,thanks to matching Dupont's mad-cap costume changes with his friends being prepared to grip anyone who gets in the way of them getting their cash back.
Changing into different alias's, Leslie Howard gives a terrific performance as Albert Latour,that keeps Latour determination at the centre,whilst Howard jumps across the screen as a cunning charmer.Joining Howard,the pretty Binnie Barnes gives a great,slow- burn performance as Helene Dupont,that slowly changes Dupont from a sweet dame into a sly femme fatale,who smells her husbands cash,and is set to show what she is willing to do to get her hands on it.
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