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  • Actors: Gertrude Olmstead, George K. Arthur, Joan Crawford, Charles Murray, Antonio D'Algy
  • Directors: William A. Wellman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XDR5LO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,813 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Boob" on IMDb

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Farm boy Peter Good's best gal runs off with a bootlegger. So the hapless boob goes running after them...and straight into
culture-clash farce that pits his hick heroism (patterned after the actions of granite-jawed cowpokes seen on local Bijou screens) against the wiles of slick-haired gangsters and gin-soaked jazz babies. William A. Wellman, the Hollywood great whose many credits include Wings, The Public Enemy, and The Story of G.I. Joe, directs this rollicking silent comedy highlighted by surprising visual touches. Young Joan Crawford plays a tough, glamorous revenue agent who helps Peter save the day.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JGC on November 18, 2009
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The film stars British actor George K. Arthur as Peter Good, a sweet-natured country bumpkin who thinks he that finds love with Amy (played by legendary silent film star, Ms. Gertrude Olmstead.) I enjoyed the performances of all in it because they were so animated and all were able to convey so many different emotions that ran the gamut of ludicrous to glum. I also thought the interaction between Peter and the youth was a riot. Although Joan doesn't have a big part in it, (she has a supporting role playing a prohibition agent, Jane) she still makes a big splash. Joan looked and acted wonderfully. Watching Joan was like watching a young bud as it was on its way to blossoming into a rich and vibrant orchid.

BTW, be sure to check out the pictures that I took the time to scan for you of the DVD-R and of the back of the case.

Another great feature to this film is the music that goes along with it. It's upbeat, fast and has that old-world sound that most silents have. But it also is rather original because I cannot think of any other movie this old that had such great music.

My favorite character in this picture has got to be Peter. He was the proverbial loser who never really made it, yet kept trying. There was such an innocence to him too, which I think is prevalent in many silents of this period. I suppose it was in fashion for all of the boys to look incredibly docile and timid, but it must have went out of style because we really don't see this in the '30s as often.

There are multiple ways for you to get this DVD. However I do not recommend getting it from any of the conventional methods. The WB Shop (Warner Bros.' official e-commerce site) is run by a bunch of dimwits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JGC on November 18, 2009
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Click here to purchase the film directly from Amazon for a lot less (I have also included some pictures of the product on this page, DVD-R and the packaging).

The film stars British actor George K. Arthur as Peter Good, a sweet-natured country bumpkin who thinks he that finds love with Amy (played by legendary silent film star, Ms. Gertrude Olmstead.) I enjoyed the performances of all in it because they were so animated and all were able to convey so many different emotions that ran the gamut of ludicrous to glum. I also thought the interaction between Peter and the youth was a riot. Although Joan doesn't have a big part in it, (she has a supporting role playing a prohibition agent, Jane) she still makes a big splash. Joan looked and acted wonderfully. Watching Joan was like watching a young bud as it was on its way to blossoming into a rich and vibrant orchid.

Another great feature to this film is the music that goes along with it. It's upbeat, fast and has that old-world sound that most silents have. But it also is rather original because I cannot think of any other movie this old that had such great music.

My favorite character in this picture has got to be Peter. He was the proverbial loser who never really made it, yet kept trying. There was such an innocence to him too, which I think is prevalent in many silents of this period. I suppose it was in fashion for all of the boys to look incredibly docile and timid, but it must have went out of style because we really don't see this in the '30s as often.

There are multiple ways for you to get this DVD. However I do not recommend getting it from any of the conventional methods. The WB Shop (Warner Bros.
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The Boob is a fine silent movie that uses comedy, drama and a Western backdrop to tell a good story. It's a relatively short film but make no mistake about it: there is plenty of good character development and the plot moves along briskly; this one held my attention every step of the way. The acting was very convincing, too. The cinematography is good although the scenes which are supposed to be taking place at night have too much daylight in them for it to be completely believable but this is a minor quibble since the story is really rather good. In addition, the choreography was very well done and we get an early example of William Wellman's natural gift for directing motion pictures.

When the film starts, we quickly meet the main characters: Amy (Gertrude Olmstead) ignores her would-be suitor Peter Good (George K. Arthur) because he comes from a rather humble background and he has no real prospects for "getting ahead." Amy has only known Harry Benson (Tony D'Algy) one week but she plans to marry him the very next day much to the chagrin and distress of poor Peter! Peter's friends include "Cactus Jim" (Charles Murray) and a young black lad named Ham Bunn who is indeed treated very respectfully which is a sharp contrast to the stereotypical roles for black people at that time on motion pictures.

But Peter has a plan to impress Amy and win her away from Harry--he will go after bootleggers (or to find detectives supposedly for finding the bootleggers); and Cactus Jim is more than happy to help Peter dress the part of a real tough cowboy, even though as another reviewer mentions the clothes Peter gets make him look like a cowboy from the 1800s!
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