ANN ROSS August 1 1938


ANN ROSS August 1 1938



White Banners

WHITE BANNERS,” from the Lloyd Douglas best seller, is a drama of mother love, with Fay Bainter skilfully playing the central role. She isn’t in this case one of the glamor mothers of the screen, but a humble vendor of apple peelers, who arrives one wintry morning at the home of a small-town chemistry professor (Claude Rains), and is adopted into the rather discordant family as cook and housekeeper. The professor is working on an invention involving chemical refrigeration and is assisted by one of his brighter students (Jackie Cooper); and it won’t surprise anyone greatly when the boy turns out to be the new housekeeper’s long-lost son.

It takes a good deal of explanation to cover this situation, but it is worked out smoothly, and eventually everything comes out sunny side up.

The Rage of Paris

'“PHIS PICTURE brings the new star, Danielle Darrieux, to the Hollywood screen, in a simple tale about a beautiful French model who wants to marry an American millionaire. Nicole (Danielle Darrieux) has no money, but is equipped for her life’s task with a face, a figure, an intriguing accent, and an ability to pose in, or out of, “drapes.” Chaperoned by Mischa Auer and Helen Broderick, Nicole poses—fully draped—as a young French girl of ancient lineage. Unfortunately,

get wind that a sponsor is looking for genuine hillbilly singing, they hustle off to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and are there waiting when the talent scout arrives, dressed to the teeth in false whiskers, with a complete repertoire of native folk songs, straight off Broadway. Pretty Marjorie Weaver gets a chance to sing a song or two, but for the most part the boys have the screen gloriously to themselves. It’s highspeed, high-pressure comedy burlesque, wonderful for movie goers who like that sort of thing; and even for those who ordinarily don’t.


"DLOCKADE,” which centres about the present situation in Spain, is a picture which no one should miss. On the surface it is a good, excitingly handled spy film. But underneath the narrative it presents an eloquent and brilliantly pictorialized plea against modern warfare. The story tells of the blockading of a Spanish port and the efforts of a profiteering spy (John Halliday) to keep a food ship from reaching the harbor and the starving people of the town. Madeleine Carroll is present as one of those unfortunate heroines who are in the bad business of spying through ro fault of their own; and Henry Fonda is the Spanish lieutenant who knows his beautiful blond friend is up to no good but loves her just the same. Their romance takes up a good deal of the film, but doesn’t obscure the central theme.

“Blockade” doesn’t choose sides—at any rate ojxjnly—and it doesn’t raise any poli.

Nicole’s dream millionáire' (Louis Hayward) has a friend (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) and the friend remembers her vividly as the very model who once bolted into his office by mistake and started to unbutton. He threatens to spoil her plans, but in the end takes the broadminded view and marries her himself.

It’s a skittish little plot, but it is managed brightly and inoffensively here. “The Rage of Paris” is lively, fresh and pleasant to watch; and so is Danielle, who, like Nicole, ought to do well in America.

Kentucky Moonshine

THE Ritz Brothers seem to be proof that if you try hard enough you can be funny. By sheer terrific effort you can wear an audience dowm till it gives in and laughs its head off. Their comedy in “Kentucky Moonshine” is as irresistible as a stuffed club, and leaves you almost as helpless. They are vaudeville artists here, ambitious to get on the air. And when they

tical issues. But it does give a vivid and terrifying picture of what civilians may expect in modern war; also of what some civilians are going through at the present time. It isn’t often that front-page news reaches the screen as dramatically as it does | here. ■

The Sign Post

Adventures of Robin Hood.—A splendid technicolor spectacle fiim, with Errol Flynn as the legendary Robin. For the family.

Test Pilot.—Finely handled air drama with Myrna Loy, Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy, all at their best. Recommended for everybody.

Holiday.—Katharine Hepburn in an excellent performance as the heiress who didn’t find money any fun. With Cary Grant. Recommended.

There’s Always a Woman.—Joan Blondell wonderfully active as an amateur lady sleuth. With Melvyn Douglas. Amusing entertain-

Dr. Rhythm.—A Bing Crosby musical, worth seeing because it brings Beatrice Lillie back to the screen.