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15 March 1928 (USA)  »

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A treat to watch Love show his stuff!
10 July 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Unlike most of the experimental sound shorts from Vitaphone, this one stars an established Hollywood star, Montagu Love. Most of the Vitaphone shorts consist of vaudeville acts and musicians. I assume this is because they were made in New York at the old Vitaphone studio-- and all the non-stage actors were in Hollywood. Fortunately for the filmmakers, in addition to his film work, Love spent a lot of time performing on Broadway in the late 20s and early 30s.

Love walks onto the camera on a bare stage. He introduces himself and then begins doing tiny bits of LOTS of different acts all shoved together--sort of like a catalog of all his talents doing tons of divergent types of acting. It's a strange film. However, soon it changes--and you see Love playing various roles in makeup, costume and with nice sets! It really is an amazing thing to behold, as this forgotten actor shows that he was incredibly talented throughout the film. So, even though its style might put off some, his acting quality is clearly evident.


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