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I wonder if Rick realises what he's made possible here - and how many Archive users will hurry past 'ESCAPE TO PARADISE', unaware they're watching the fading moments of a genuine phenomenon.One more dumb movie ('JOHNNY DOUGHBOY')and that, by and large, would be it for child star Bobby Breen. In this fairly beat up copy - none of the Breen films left extant are less than raddled - the boy is on the brink of his first encounter with a razor, he's moved from cherub to gangly teenager and we can understand why he never made it past puberty yet the all too brief version of 'Jurame' remains high among the most meaningful love songs ever recorded. 30 plus Eddie Cantor shows from the mid 30's give a clearer view of what made this kid so unique and while 'ESCAPE' will be an unknown to the vast majority, it should be treated as a repositary of a rare talent in very much the same way as the junk featuring Elvis Presley is. With any luck, Rick has some of the others stashed away so prepare to ignore the plot and regard the talent. If any name from the 30's deserves to be back up in lights on some reputable label, this is most likely it.
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