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WWW

Posted in FILM with tags , , on September 12, 2020 by dcairns

After spending a couple of weeks with George Sanders as the Saint and the Falcon and Peter Lorre as Mr. Moto, on Friday we were back having a Warren William Weekend again. The others in the group hadn’t seen THE LONE WOLF STRIKES, and none of us had seen WW’s lone MGM outing, SKYSCRAPER SOULS, with Warren in strutting tycoon mode as a skyscraper magnate (“You know what a magnate is, don’t you?”) Very strong supporting cast — Maureen O’Sullivan, the reliably charmless Norman Foster — Anita Page — Wallace Ford — etc. But WW is the one who gets good material, juggling a wife and mistress and pursuing a junior secretary and dealing and double-dealing in the financial market.

Standing a girl up: “Sorry, my dear, but I’ve suddenly developed spinal meningitis.”

The other major interest is Cedric Gibbons’ impressive building, from the painted cityscape exterior to the gorgeous deco lobby and offices.

SKYSCRAPER SOULS stars Michael Lanyard aka The Lone Wolf; Jane Parker; Max Fabian; Queenie Mahoney; Billy Boyle; King Adolf XV; Dr. Paul Christian; Phroso the clown; Dolly DuPuyster; Arthur Kim; Mr. Chutzpah; Utterson; Captain Nils Helstrom; Prince Barin; Secretary of War Stanton; Mark Henry / Pete Drago; ‘Slugs’ Martin; Joe Pettibone; Gahagan; Montague L. ‘Monty’ Brewster; and Hjalmar Poelzig.

Watching the detectives

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on September 4, 2020 by dcairns

Kinda ran out of Warren William movies — except I found a couple more we can gloat over — so our Warren William Weekend Watch Party is now consuming George Sanders and Peter Lorre as the Saint and the Falcon and Mr. Moto, all of whom I have blogged about so I don’t need to keep you apprised, do I?

A Weekend Without Warren William

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2020 by dcairns

I guess we’ve finished with Warren William in our Friday Watch Party, though we have one LONE WOLF film saved up for a rainy day. We went out in style with LADY FOR A DAY, which was interesting to compare with its remake, POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES — it is, of course, superior in about every way, though the later work looks handsome enough. All the padding Capra added just increases the plot’s main problem, the lack of anything for Apple Annie (May Robson/Bette Davis) to do once she becomes the recipient of largesse.

The climax does solve this nicely, but the moment when AA decides to come clean startles us into realizing how passive/absent she’s been for so long.

Warren William, of course, is a zillion times better than Glenn Ford as Dave the Dude, but it’s perhaps more surprising that Robson defeats Davis in every respect. Hard to put one’s finger on why, but if there was a casting call and they both auditioned, the choice would be obvious.

Peter Falk, the best thing in POCKETFUL, is likewise beaten by Ned Sparks at his Ned Sparksiest, honking every line like a sardonic sealion, but with the outward appearance of a human halberd.

Also: Glenda Farrell’s chestydance!