Motion Picture Reviews (1930)

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The following reviews are written particularly to give an idea of the suitability of the pictures as entertainment for children and adolescents. The age limits are, of course, purely autocratic, but as some limitations were necessary these were chosen, and it is thought that parents can adapt the information to meet the special require- ments of individual children. We wish to call attention also to the few outstanding productions which the committee found of special interest as adult entertainment. It is generally believed that encouragement of fine pictures will be the method of bringing more to the screen, and at the same time our own motion picture attendance may be made more enjoyable. Of such films we recommend “Disraeli,” “Hallelujah,” and “Seven Days Leave.” For children we recommend “So This is College.” Mrs. John Vruwink, General Chairman. Mrs. George Ryall, Mrs. Harold VanMetre, Chairman of Previews. Vice-Chairman. THE BATTLE OF PARIS. Gert- rude Lawrence. Direction by Rob- ert Storey. All dialogue with mus- ical interpolations. Paramount. Melodrama set in the streets and dives of Paris’ Latin Quarter. It is a vehicle developed for Miss Lawrence, who is cast as a winsome immoral cabaret gamin who, after robbing her man, sets out to win his love. It is sophisticated in theme and action and is quite unsuitable for immature audiences. ADOLESCENTS, 12 to 16. CHILDREN, 6 to 12. No. No. CAMEO KIRBY. J. Harold Mur- ray, Norma Terris. Direction by Irving Cummings. All dialogue. Fox. An interesting and colorful story of the South from the stage play by Booth Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson. It is a musical drama of professional gamb- lers on the old Mississippi River boats about 1850, and the romantic and excit- ing tale is unfolded with beautiful South- ern backgrounds and atmosphere to add to the story. The action is, of course, typical of the period. ADOLESCENTS, 12 to 16. CHILDREN, 6 to 12. Exciting. Doubtful. CONDEMNED. Ronald Colman, Ann Harding. Direction by Wes- ley Ruggles. All dialogue. United Artists. The setting is the French penal colony, “Devil’s Island,” and the hero a thief, serving time. The romance between the thief and the warden’s wife brings about very dramatic situations on which the • 2 -