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Love and Curses (1938)

An aging hero is looking through the photo album and remembering the Gay 90's, and in particular a picnic interrupted by villainous Roger St. Clair, who tries to tempt Emily to the big city... See full summary »

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... Emily (voice) (uncredited)
... Roger St. Clair / Harold as an Old Man / Sailor (voice) (uncredited)
Ben Hardaway ... Harold (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet ... Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)
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An aging hero is looking through the photo album and remembering the Gay 90's, and in particular a picnic interrupted by villainous Roger St. Clair, who tries to tempt Emily to the big city and away from Harold; when that fails, he takes her by force. Six months later, Harold is still searching; Emily is forced to sing on the stage of Roger's bar, accompanied by a barbershop quartet on "All Is Not Gold That Glitters." Harold passes by and hears her. Roger beans him with the curtain and ties Emily to the railroad tracks. Harold rescues her; there follows a sawmill scene, a shootout, and ultimately victory for our hero. Back in the present day, they wonder what happened to Roger, which is his cue. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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9 July 1938 (USA)  »

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References Chinatown After Dark (1931) See more »

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Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet
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Music by Percy Wenrich
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The Gay Nineties Revisted
11 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

During the early part of the twentieth century, there was a nostalgic interest in the 1890's. This period was romanticized in various films.

The directing team of Ben Hardaway and Cal Dalton covered this interest in one of their first films. It also doubles as a melodrama, using the "boy meets girl, villain kidnaps girl, boy rescues girl" formula. An elderly couple looks at an album, remembering "the good old days" of their youth in the gay nineties. The husband talks about his adversary who kidnaps his wife and how he came to her rescue and defeated him.

Hardaway's short tenure as a director was a series of hits and misses, with more misses than hits. This one is a miss in my opinion. A cartoon of this type would have been done much better by Frank Tashlin or Friz Freleng with greater adult appeal. Compare with HE WAS HER MAN by Freleng in the previous year or THE DOVER BOYS (1942) by Chuck Jones. Also compare this with the Disney cartoons THE NIFTY NINETIES (1941) and CRAZY OVER DAISY (1950), which also explored the 1890's nostalgia theme. Interestingly, most of the filmmakers for these cartoons would have either been too young to remember the period or would not have been born yet.

I can't really recommend this one though.


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