Motion Picture Reviews (1930)

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Ramon Novarro, Dorothy Jordan. M.G.M. A romantic tale of the gay escapades of a student whose notorious love affairs in Madrid hinder his new one in Seville and culminate in a duel. It provides opportunities for Novarro to sing pleasantly and often, and entertains after a fashion. (Seen in preview.) Adolescents, 12 to 16. Children, 6 to 12. Passable. Little interest. —o— THE GIRL OF THE PORT. Sally O’Neil. Adapted from “The Firewalker” by John Russell. Directed by Bert Glennon. R.K.O. Thru the help of a girl, an ex-army officer rids himself of his terror of fire— a psychopathic result of the war, and he finally regains his mental and moral balance. It is an unconvincing, mediocre production which does not greatly enter- tain. The war scenes showing the horrors of the use of liquid fire make it unsuit- able for children. Adolescents, 12 to 16. Children, 6 to 12. No. No. —o— THE GIRL SAID NO. William Haines. Directed by Sam Wood. M.G.M . This picture is designed for the effer- vescent, “smart-alec” personality of William Haines. Adults who enjoy him will find this vehicle true to type. But parents will not wish their children to follow his pattern of offensive modem youth, breaking every law of safety, con- vention, good manners and good citizen- ship. Adolescents, 12 to 16. Children, 6 to 12. Not advised. No. —o— THE; GOLDEN CALF. Sue Carol, Jack Mulhall. Directed by Millard Webb. Paramount. “The Golden Calf” is a facetious refer- ence to the nether extremeties which are in reality the featured players. Sue Carol is the plain little secretary, “the ugly duckling ’ who is transformed by a beauty specialist and a modiste so that she may win her man. Interpolated songs confuse the type of entertainment. The picture is commonplace, and the em- phasized suggestion of exceptional merit in rapid success, puts the accent on the wrong place to recommend for children. Adolescents, 12 to 16. Children, 6 to 12. Not recommended. No. —o — THE GREEN GODDESS. George Arliss, Ralph Forbes, Alice Joyce, H. B. Warner. Adapted from the stage play. Direction by Alfred Green. Warner Brothers. Mr. Arliss presents a flawless picture of the suave and merciless Rajah of a primitive state in the Himalayas, who cunningly plots to offer a human sacrifice to the Green Goddess in order to satisfy his desire for vengeance. It is a very artistic translation of the interesting and familiar stage play. Adolescents, 12 to 16. Children, 6 to 12. Good, if not Too mature, too mature. HAPPY DAYS. In Grandeur Film. All star cast. Direction by Benjamin Stoloff. Fox. A minstrel troupe traveling on a show boat down the Mississippi River is stranded at Memphis. Former members of the troupe, now famous, put on a show to get the owner on his feet financi- ally. A romance is interwoven. Interest in the production is due to the new tech- nique which gives a stereoptican illusion, and in the larger screen which can show ensembles to greater advantage. With the larger screen there seems to come a larger volume of sound also—which is a doubtful asset! Adolescents, 12 to 16. Children, 6 to 12. Entertaining. Morally harmless, but too long and noisy. 4 -