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Grand National, V-2 (23 1/2 Hours Leave, Bank Alarm, Were In The Legion Now, Shadows Over Shanghai.)


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23 ½ HOURS LEAVE (1937) James Ellison, Terry Walker. An Army instructor gets into a mess with enemy spies. Great fun. 16mm BANK ALARM (1937) Conrad Nagel, Eleanor Hunt, Wheeler Oakman. A rash of bank robberies is sweeping through L.A. 16mm WE'RE IN THE LEGION NOW (1937) Reginald Denny, Esther Ralston. Two guys join the Foreign Legion to elude crooks. Color 35mm SHADOWS OVER SHANGHAI (1937) James Dunn, Lynda Grey. A pilot with a sacred amulet is brought down over China. 16mm

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  • Directors: Sinister Cinema
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Sinister Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002RL8OQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2010
SINISTER CINEMA is a niche market DVD-R mfr. that specializes in hard-to-find motion pictures. They offer no bonus features such as commentary or deleted scenes. Dubs are from unrestored film stock, thus quality varies with condition of their antique celluloid. None are pristine, yet none are so degraded as to be unviewable.

All four of these Poverty Row programmers are fairly ordinary. Best is perhaps WE'RE IN THE LEGION NOW, as it's transferred from an original Magnacolor print. This dual strip format skewed the spectrum. Unable to capture purple and pink shades, Caucasian faces tend to look florid or orange in Magnacolor. (The other three here are from 16mm stock, perhaps early TV broadcast films.)

In BANK ALARM, the detective investigating a series of hold-ups isn't aware that someone close to him is connected to the gang committing these crimes. This picture's lead, Conrad Nagel hosted the 1932, '33 and '53 Oscar ceremonies and has three stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

SHADOWS OVER SHANGHAI is directed by Charles Lamont, best-known for his work with Abbott & Costello. This is more serious stuff, a tale of oriental intrigue where a Russian spy pursues a valuable amulet. The dingus's owner, a fellow Russian, marries an American news fotog so she can obtain a passport to the USA. Once they board a Japanese ship that's sailing for the West Coast, the newlyweds encounter new hazards.

Fourth-billed in the song-filled military comedy 23½ HOURS LEAVE is Arthur Lake, who in 1938 began a 20-year run as Dagwood Bumstead in the BLONDIE movie series. This one's set on an AEF cavalry base during WWI and has a digressive espionage subplot. One curiosity to watch for: Ward Bond sings!
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