Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
Captain John Kent is a pilot in charge of the border patrol. Two crooks who head up a smuggling operation, Morley and his associate Faber, are trying to outwit Kent. The smugglers hope that... See full summary »
Jeffrey Clavering is hired in London by The Great Eastern Oil Corporation to go to Paris to prevent unscrupulous industrialist Nikolai Kamarov from gaining control of their oil fields and turning them over to a foreign power.
A 1935 b-movie with a good story and good acting by Ms.Grey and Sidney Blackmer, the two leads who manage to achieve sincere screen chemistry. The whole film attempts to portray its story in a way that is, to quote a word from the script, "nuanced", in contrast to the hard hitting style of many 1930's films. It succeeds in this regard and is generally well written and very smoothly edited. The direction is old fashioned but is not too slow within the context of trying to refrain from using blatant or gratuitous violence. The only really violent character is presented as somewhat of a fool and a loser, while the main character of "The Girl Who Came Back" is subtly portrayed as an unfortunately misguided artist.
In fact, an effort is made by the writers and the cast to present all the characters with layering and nuance. This is basically just a 1930's b-movie overall but it tries to rise above the constraints of its genre. So viewers should approach it with an eye to the solid presentation of the story line and with an open mind rather than any preconceived notions or bombastic expectations, while realizing that it is a very old movie technically. Recommended for Grey and Blackmer fans or for anyone wishing to view a different slant on 1930's heist films.
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