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Hotel a la Swing (1937)
Nice little feature
I liked it. It had some snappy tunes and good singing and dancing. The story line was meh, but that wasn't important. The Hades spot singer did a good job and the female in the dancing duo had a very energetic dance routine.
One odd thing though, and a little disconcerting, was the singers' tendency to looks off camera when starring. The singers at the switchboard did it--only the center singer seemed to consistently perform to the camera. The singing cooks did the same. I don't know if it was the style back then, but you wondered where they were looking.
Poor Mrs. Jones (1926)
Look beyond the story for early America
I found this a fascinating movie. The basic story is a woman fed up with farm work wants to move to the big city. She visits the big city and finds it not to her liking and returns to the country.
This is a propaganda flick made by U.S. Department of Agriculture in an attempt to keep folks down on the farm in the twenties. To that extent it glosses over much of farm life's downside and emphasizes city life's problems. Look beyond that to see a great slice of America in the 1920s. Skimming cream, root cellars, rural electricity and Brer Rooster heading for the pot are all here.
The part I enjoyed was the kid (and dad) who kept their ears stuck to the crystal radio set when visitors came. (I think that's the first actual crystal set I've ever seen in a movie.) Today, it'd be a video game or iPod, so things don't change as much as you'd think.