Recorded this one off of TCM and watched it over the weekend ... thought Ann Harding gave a beautiful, realistic performance, as always ... she's like Norma Shearer, only I like Ann Harding ... quiet emotional intensity trumps the more unrestrained kind in my book ... like that the movie didn't need to have Harding and Edward Van Sloan, who played her father, reunite in some emotionally cathartic movie moment ... even better, they never share a scene ... also glad to see Helen Vinson playing the part I expected her to be playing ... pretty neat to see Creighton Chaney (Lon Jr.) in such an early role, but where'd he go? ... while writing about The Patent Leather Kid I thought I'd never seen Molly O'Day before ... while that may be true, now I've seen her in this, as tough-talking Sadie ... while I wouldn't call her "skinny," the old magazine articles had me prepared for someone with a major weight problem ... not so ... she could have easily continued in parts of this type ... movie also featured John Boles as leading man and Sara Haden in a small supporting role ... directed by Alfred Santell, who also did—The Patent Leather Kid ... my IMDb rating: 7/10.
Lightning reviews are first impressions of movies I've yet to research for more detailed articles. Unlike my more polished full reviews there is little to no research here; sparse images and links; a more relaxed writing style. These are movies I'd love to eventually cover with a more fully developed article, but until time permits, here's the short version: