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Love and Curses (1938)

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An aging hero is looking through the photo album and remembering the Gay 90's, and in particular a picnic interrupted by villainous Roger St. Clair, who tries to tempt Emily to the big city... See full summary »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ...
Emily (voice) (uncredited)
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Roger St. Clair / Harold as an Old Man / Sailor (voice) (uncredited)
Ben Hardaway ...
Harold (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet ...
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An aging hero is looking through the photo album and remembering the Gay 90's, and in particular a picnic interrupted by villainous Roger St. Clair, who tries to tempt Emily to the big city and away from Harold; when that fails, he takes her by force. Six months later, Harold is still searching; Emily is forced to sing on the stage of Roger's bar, accompanied by a barbershop quartet on "All Is Not Gold That Glitters." Harold passes by and hears her. Roger beans him with the curtain and ties Emily to the railroad tracks. Harold rescues her; there follows a sawmill scene, a shootout, and ultimately victory for our hero. Back in the present day, they wonder what happened to Roger, which is his cue. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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9 July 1938 (USA)  »

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References Chinatown After Dark (1931) See more »

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Der Erlkönig
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Music by Franz Schubert
Played when Roger St. Clair is introduced
Also played when St. Clair grabs Emily from the swing
Also played when old St. Clair once again grabs Emily
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A cute send-off of old melodramas
8 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Looney Tunes cartoons we all know and love today were mostly made from the early 40s through the 1950s. However, the studio had been making cartoons long before this. Unfortunately, most of their output during the 1930s was pretty saccharine--with lots of cute singing animals and the like. Fortunately, this one is pretty good and lacks the cutesy look of previous outings.

This film is a parody of the old melodramas made in the early years of film as well as which were performed by traveling companies in local theaters. The characters are all caricatures--complete with a villain in mustache (much like Snidely Whiplash), a manly hero and a damsel in distress. However, it begins in the present time of 1938--with an elderly couple reminiscing about how they met. At this time, the old story is enacted--complete with a lot of corny but funny jokes. Not a great film but for the time, pretty good stuff from Looney Tunes. And, in case you want to see it, it's included as a special feature with the film "Gold Digger in Paris"--an odd but enjoyable musical starring Rudy Vallee.


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