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Another reader beat me to it ,but first and foremost, was there ever in Hollywood a more mellifluous voice than Ronald Colmans'? He could read a phone book and it would sound like poetry.
Well, that's the main reason to see "The Light That Failed", as it comes perilously close to a potboiler. The story is not compelling and is slow-paced, and for todays audiences it is a tad chauvinistic as well as racist, with talk of the "Fuzzy-Wuzzies", the native enemies in this tale set in Englands'late-Victorian Colonial period.
This picture does not do justice to, in my opinion, America's greatest actor Walter Huston, who is given a supporting role to Colman and does not upstage him in any of their scenes together. Ida Lupino turns in an excellent performance but does not steal the picture with her cockney accent, as reported by Leonard Maltin (does he see any of these old films or just read old reviews?).
I did not read the book but the movie is worth your time to see (and mostly to hear) Ronald Colman, as well as the other fine acting performances which harken to a day when movies were more substance than form instead of vice versa.
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