YOUR Goldwyn-Mayer) FEELING about will depend “Queen almost Christina" entirely (Metroon your feeling about Greta Garbo; which should make it a complete success with ninety per cent of the population. In fact, it almost seemed as though the producers might have spared themselves the lavish mountings with which they have enriched the latest Garbo film; because as long as Miss Garbo is in the picture—which is practically every minute—for the producers, you may be sure, know what they are about##X2014;nobody pays any attention to anything else anyway. As one not completely under the spell and so able to take an occasional sharp lcx)k around, the reviewer submits that "Queen Christina” is one of the best of the Garbo films, finely directed, impressively photographed, and w ell acted by quite a number of people besides Miss Garbo.
Ever since a famous international financier disappeared from his airplane somewhere between England and France some years ago, Channel crossing for financial magnates has been one of the major risks. So when International Financier Jacob van Eeden (Matheson Lang) embarked at Dover on a Channel steamer, most of us knew at once he would never make a landing. He doesn’t, and that is the story. Matheson Ding, with his beard, his brief-case, his accent and his magnificent overcoat, is everything an international financier should lxat any rate to those of us who have a limited acquaintance with the type. Marion Slade, the secretary (Constance Cummings), is almost as superlatively a private secretary, being loyal, efficient, industrious, sympathetic and distractingly beautiful. A British picture, "Channel Crossing” is exciting and well photographed, but lags occasionally in direction.
Advice to the Lovelorn
"Advice to the Lovelorn” (United Artists) is the story of a newspaper man who, having fallen down on a story, is disciplined by being given the love column to edit. He is on contract, so can neither resign nor be fired. As Ixe Tracy is
the newspaper man, the advice given is just as wildly irregular as you might expect. There is the usual frantic movie newspaper office, compared to which any actual city kx)ks like the reading section in the Public Library. The story merges into gangster drama, with the hero finally triumphant over the racketeers.
It Happened One Night
"It Happened One Night” (Columbia) is still another of the cross-country bus stories. Really, going to the movies these days is getting to be simply transferring from one bus to another. This busload contains, among other notables Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. There is a great deal of brightness and whimsy and misadventure in this picture. But personally I felt that next time I go bus riding with Miss Colbert and Mr. Gable I shall take along a good book or something to occupy my mind.
Fashions of 1934
“Fashions of 1934” (Warner Brothers) isn’t to be taken seriously as a style forecast. If it were, most of us during the present season would be wearing nothing but an ostrich neckpiece and a large fan. Still another of the song-anddance revues, it reveals, among other spectacles, dozens of beautiful girls rowing feather boats in a boiling surf of ostrich. It is the story of the American dress racket in Paris, with William Powell, superbly self-confident, beautifully dressed and perfectly unprincipled, always keeping just a nose ahead of the gendarmerie.
Sons of the Desert
"Sons of the Desert” (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) is very' funny too, though rather long. As usual. Laurel and Hardy struggle and fall through the picture, leaving a wake of broken lampshades, flooded bathrooms and wrecked breakfast nooks behind them. And, as usual, it is a picture for Laurel and Hardy admirers only. For these it is highly recommended.
HI, Nellie !
"Hi, Nellie!” (Warner Brothers) is also a newspaper story, this time with Paul Muni, the newspaper man. Mr. Muni also falls down on a story and is given the love column to edit, he. too, being under contract to the editor. Complications with gangland inevitably follow. In fact, almost
the only difference between "Advice to the Lovelorn” and "Hi, Nellie!” is the difference between Paul Muni and Lee Tracy, with the honors in this case going to the latter. Lee Tracy’s hard-boiled manner is always light hearted, while Paul Muni’s tends to theatricalism. Mr. Muni should have been told that reporters rarely wreck offices and throw typewriters through plate-glass partitions. When they feel that way, they go out in the hall and kick the fire extinguisher. However, both plays are good popular entertainment with few, if any, stretches of dullness.
All those who enjoy the strange, garbled humor of Jimmy Durante should get a great deal of fun out of “Palooka” (United Artists). It is the story of a thick-witted prizefighter (Stuart Erwin) with eccentric, wildly leering Mr. Durante as his manager. The action of “Palooka” is continuously funny, the dialogue wild and free. Highly recommended as a pick-me-up in the middle of a dull afternoon or at the end of a long day.
THE SIGN POST
Catherine the Great—Impressive, handsomely mounted British picture, featuring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Elizabeth Bergner. Highly interesting, but not the whole truth about Catherine. Of interest to adults.
Moulin Rouge—Constance Bennett, very lively and well dressed in a song-and-dance revue picture of the usual type.
Carolina—With Janet Gaynor. A not very believable Southern story with a beautifully convincing Colonial background.
Eskimo—In case you believe the Eskimos read the store catalogues and winter in Moosonee, this is a very good picture for you to see. It’s a very good picture to see in any case. For all of school-age and over. .
Six of a Kind—What happened when W. C. Fields and Alison Skipworth, along with Gracie Allen and George Burns, went with Mary Boland and Charlie Ruggles on their honeymoon. Funny but too long.
Fugitive Lovers—Perils, sociabilities, discomforts and wild surprises of transcontinental bus travelling. With Robert Montgomery and Madge Evans.
Design for Living—The triangle problem with a modern solution. Miriam Hopkins, Fredric March, Gary Cooper. Adult entertainment.
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I Am Suzanne—Children will enjoy the tricks of the Piccoli marionettes. Adults will sympathize with the troubles of Lilian Harvey and Gene Raymond. Everybody will have a good time.
Going Hollywood—Marion Davies as the schoolteacher who loved a crooner. With Bing Crosby, who also does incidental crooning.
Little Women—George Cukor the director, Louisa M. Alcott the author, and Katharine Hepburn the principal, among them making one of the season’s successful films. Rather antimacassar, but charming. For all ages and both sexes.
Gallant Lady—Ann Harding as usual having trouble with her inner life. Clive Brook as the gallant gentleman. Of interest to feminine audiences.
Dinner at Eight—What happened when a New York hostess (Billie Burke) invited Marie Dressier, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, both Barrymores and some other notables to dinner. Adult comedy.
Dancing Lady—Elaborate dancing and . singing revue. But Joan Crawford manages to get herself noticed. P’airly adult.
As Husbands G«v—The story of a simple husband and a complicated wife. Feminine audiences will enjoy it.
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