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Under Pressure (1935)

Two members of a crew of "sandhogs", men who work on an underwater tunnel project, battle each other over the same woman and a rival team of sandhogs to see who will finish their half of ... See full summary »

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Two members of a crew of "sandhogs", men who work on an underwater tunnel project, battle each other over the same woman and a rival team of sandhogs to see who will finish their half of the tunnel first, with the winning team getting more money and guaranteed future work. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Innocuous Title Belies Excitement
20 June 2013 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Doesn't sound promising, does it? The title makes it sound like a good movie to fall asleep on. Or a movie to kill time until the main feature comes on. So, it was with great surprise that I watched "Under Pressure", a 1935 'buddy' picture starring Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe. This was a popular team during the 20's and 30's and together they made 9 features, the first being "What Price Glory", a 1927 silent.

The formula seldom varied. Two buddies have a falling out and become rivals, sometimes over a woman, here over a misunderstanding during a cave-in. "Under Pressure" is about men who dig tunnels, called 'sand hogs'. In this instance they are digging a tunnel under the East River (not the Hudson) in NYC, between The Battery and Brooklyn. That would make it the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, not the Holland Tunnel, despite the view of the Geo. Washington Bridge shown in the rear-projection. The movie illustrates the hazards inherent in such an occupation, such as cave-ins, depressurization, flooding, etc. Additionally, there is fierce competition between their crew and the crew headed by Charles Bickford, which is digging from the opposite direction so they will meet in the (approximate) middle.

This picture is only 70 minutes long but director Raoul Walsh crams a lot of plot and action into it. We see the guys at work and afterwards, which is a visit to a beer joint run by Marjorie Rambeau. Of course, in an attempt to don an air of refinement, they take the time to switch from work gear to suits and ties, which is one of the reasons I find 30's movies so enjoyable - for the joint in question, they could have come in their work duds! This picture has energy, heart and excitement, and you could do a lot worse with 70 minutes.


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