(aka 'Diamond Lil' or 'Diamond Lil, Ruby Red' or 'Ruby Red')

Directed by Lowell Sherman
USA 19
33

 

West's first starring vehicle, and one of her best (i.e. least diluted) movies. Adapted from her stage success Diamond Lil, it features her as Diamond Lou (a change occasioned by the original's notoriety), mistress of a Naughty Nineties saloon, setting her sights on the righteous young man (Grant) investigating the place for signs of corruption. West, making her way through ditties like 'I Like a Man What Takes His Time' and 'Frankie and Johnny', keeps most of her double-meanings single. Marvellous stuff.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 27th, 1933

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DVD Review: Universal - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Universal Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC

NOTE: Universal are releasing 4 vintage comedies on April 22nd:

 

Runtime 1:04:52 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.74 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital mono) 
Subtitles English (SDH), French, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Robert Osborne Introduction (2:17)
• Cartoon - She Done Him Right (7:55) 

DVD Release Date: April 22nd, 200
8
Double-lock Keep Case
Chapters: 17

 

Comments:

As told to us by Osborne - the film that saved Paramount. Brash and cute showing some 'skirting' prior to the Hayes Code, but in my opinion the lesser of the quartet of Universal comedies being released on April 22nd. Still fun to watch Mae West in action and an adolescent-looking Cary Grant.

The elder statesman of the 4 simultaneous vintage comedy releases and it shows. The image can tend to me a bit muddy at times but I can't see blaming Universal as it again has a strong bitrate spread over a dual-layered DVD. There is some noticeable flickering contrast (in the beginning) and some variable top-to-bottom light scratches extending through various scenes.

Audio is similarly weak, but certainly acceptable for a film that is 75 years old. There are optional English or Spanish subtitles if desired. Once again a brief Osborne intro but this time we get a 'Pooch the Pup' cartoon - She Done Him Right. - kind of a fitting way to start the night's presentation. If you were to miss-out on one of the 4 - this would be my suggestion. Old cinema fans will still enjoy enough to cover the minimal cost so I suppose it's a personal choice. Universal should be applauded for getting these frugal editions out as good as they are at such decent prices. Bravo! 

Gary W. Tooze

 



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