Joel McCrea plays a hotshot reporter who thinks he knows everything and Jean Arthur plays an actress who puts one over on him. It turns out the financier of her play is a notorious art ... See full summary »
Joel McCrea plays a hotshot reporter who thinks he knows everything and Jean Arthur plays an actress who puts one over on him. It turns out the financier of her play is a notorious art collector who steals what he can't buy and the play he's financing is just a front for a job he is planning. Written by
After George (Joel McCrea) hears Clair (Jean Arthur) scream he goes into the room she's be taken to; and see's a child's coffin with Clair laying on the floor. In the next shot Clair is still laying on the floor but the child's coffin is nearly obscured from view by flowers placed in front of the casket and draped on it. See more »
Odd mix of noir and screwball that works about as well as you would expect - wait a minute, noir in 1936? Yes, this may be the first fully fledged display of the 'pure' noir mood and style in cinema history - not some watery kind of 'proto-noir'. It's obvious from the very opening scenes - this aspect of the film is quite an eye-opener. It's a pity the whole thing doesn't hang together.
Joel McCrea is a full-of-himself writer-sleuth hired by an irritating news editor - like all news editors, on the edge of a nervous breakdown
to build up the angle on a crime story. They make heavy weather of
it. It's leaden and not cute. There's a bizarre scene where they're all eating baked beans in McCrea's bedroom. Jean Arthur is a decent actress but doesn't have the right manner for this, too steely and serious. The wisecracks come out of her mouth and hit the floor. The story is hardly redeemed by the obvious twist - and the script, the characters and the actors barely give us reason to wait for it. I was hoping it would have the good grace to finish up after 65 minutes, but it took 72.
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