Directed by George Archainbaud
USA 19
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  I highly doubt I will be able to articulate why I enjoyed this film so much. This early talkie and PRE-CODE definitely has some weaknesses if compared to more modern films. It had a real 'theatrical' feel that was supported by the obvious performances of Betty Compson and John Darrow, although the former, despite her poor British accent, has some very strong camera appeal. The 'taboo' plot device that turned it into an 'adult' film of the times was simply that Compson's character of June was a prostitute - or rather one 'in the making'. The story surrounds a wealthy London nobleman who hires a pretty but poor young girl to distract his playboy son from marrying a conniving golddigger. A simple yet, for me, effective rendition of the story with stereotypes in full force. The finale focusing on a father-son relationship makes one realize how the love-triangle plot was unusual for the times as it was so openly referred to. 

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: March 8th, 1931

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DVD Review: Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:11:28 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.45 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None
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Studio: Roan Group

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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• Film Background text screen

DVD Release Date: September 27th, 1999

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This is in the PRE-CODE Hollywood Boxset # 2 by the Roan Group.

There is no way to defend this image - it is weak by any standards, but as far as Public Domain releases go, without much hope of restoration, this is still very tube-watchable. Funny, the menus are made from some high quality stills. The best thing about this release is the audio as the dialogue is exceptionally clear. No extras aside from some text screens.

NOTE: This release comes with another PRE-CODE gem; King Vidor's 'Bird of Paradise' on the opposite side.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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