Danville, Connecticut at the turn of the century. Young Richard Miller lives in a middle-class neighborhood with his family. He is in love with the girl next-door, Muriel, but her father ... See full summary »
Nekhlyudov, a Russian nobleman serving on a jury, discovers that the young girl on trial, Katusha, is someone he once seduced and abandoned and that he himself bears responsibility for ... See full summary »
Life story of a charming scoundrel, with little dialogue other than the star/director's witty narration. As a boy, only he survives a family tragedy when he's deprived of supper (poisonous ... See full summary »
William Powell plays William Foster, a slick attorney who stays within the law, but specializes in representing crooks and shady characters. He's adept at keeping them out of jail, winning ... See full summary »
A young writer goes to Wiesbaden to write about gambling and gamblers, only to ultimately become a compulsive gambler himself. Losing all his wealth, as well as his moral fibre, he commits ... See full summary »
Aspiring actress Louise Muban attends the prestigious Paris School of Drama during the day and works at a dreary factory assembling gas meters at night. She daydreams and "acts" her way ... See full summary »
Robert B. Sinclair
Danville, Connecticut at the turn of the century. Young Richard Miller lives in a middle-class neighborhood with his family. He is in love with the girl next-door, Muriel, but her father isn't too happy with their puppy-love, since Richard always share his revolutionary ideas with her. Written by
Filmed between June 17 and mid-October 1946, the film was not copyrighted until 26 November 1947, and its wide release was held back until April 16, 1948. The Manhattan opening at Lowe's State Theatre followed on June 11, 1948. See more »
Both the man and the woman portraying the "American Gothic" couple cast shadows on the background as they step into frame, revealing the house behind them is a painted flat. See more »
Mankind was better off when lived in the Dark Ages. When everybody went around naked!
Well, maybe so. But today it might interfere with your social life.
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A perfectly enjoyable bit of mid-era Freed Unit MGM, with many of the hallmarks of their greatest musicals. But the real surprise in this film is the extended bar room sequence in which Mickey Rooney is led astray by a wanton showgirl named "Belle," played in an extraordinarily vivid way by Marilyn Maxwell. She positively glows in her many extreme close-ups as she tries to vamp Mickey Rooney down the path of corruption. Her Technicolor costume changes color throughout the scene, reflecting Rooney's increasing drunkenness. As mentioned by other reviewers here, the number is sort of a stand-alone scene that seems rather transplanted from another film altogether...but for this viewer, it's a welcomed shot of "oomph", incongruous or not. One is left wondering why it is that Miss Maxwell is largely forgotten today and wasn't really handed any other roles that fulfilled the promise she showed in "Summer Holiday" (with the possible exception of her equally vivid showing in "The Lemon Drop Kid"). She had a long and busy career, mostly in television...yet her name rings few bells today. Could it be that a certain "Norma Jeane Baker," in largely co-opting her name, sort of pulled the rug out from under her in the process? Bottom-line: If you don't want to see the whole film, tune in about halfway through and catch an indelible star-turn by an indelible star: Marilyn Maxwell. It's her film.
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