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Although Alpha's DVD informs us that "some sound and picture anomalies exist" on their print, I didn't notice any. In fact it's very attractively photographed by Mil Andersen. Aside from two or three full-face close-ups, Adrienne Ames looks really beautiful, She also delivers a convincing performance which considering the unconvincing screenplay ranks as quite an achievement. The fly in the ointment both in fact and in the film is a breezy, over self-confident "hero" in Craig Reynolds whom the script favors over George Meeker. I'll admit that George is not usually a young girl's fancy, but helped by the script here, he plays his role with a quite convincing charisma. Reynolds, on the other hand, comes over either as a brash, overly self-confident phony or simply as an undesirable pest. Fortunately, when it can tear itself away from our heroine's romantic entanglements, the script does manage a satiric look at the "beauty" business and the mature women gulled into spending a fortune in vain efforts to recapture their youthful attractiveness. And by his usual rather humble standards, Charles Lamont's direction is surprisingly slick.
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