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Naturalist son of a wealthy tycoon comes out of the jungle after a year up the Amazon studying snakes. The games begin when, on board ship, he falls for a female cardsharp and they split on bad terms. Later she disguises herself and returns to tease and torment her former beau.
Criterion's digital transfer, created from a 35mm duplicate negative, is luminous and so sharp you can see the grain in the film. The commentary by film scholar Marian Keane is informed but academic and gets a bit cerebral as she extends her theme of role-playing to the entire film itself, constantly reminding us of the Hollywood machinery just out of frame. Peter Bogdanovich offers a more down-to-earth appreciation in his short video introduction, and James Harvey writes a lovely essay in the accompanying booklet. The disc also features the "Lux Radio Theater" adaptation performed by cast members Barbara Stanwyck and Charles Coburn (Ray Milland takes the Fonda role), Edith Head's costume designs with written comments from her memoirs (in which she describes her doomed efforts to create clothes for the snake!), stills and publicity materials, and the trailer. --Sean Axmaker
one of my absolute favorites from any era. Just a corn ball comedy and Stanwyck is sexy as hell.
Great performance by everyone in the cast. Fonda is wonderful succuming to Stanwicks relentless pursuit.Published 28 days ago by syduenonimous
One of my favorite old movies! Romance on the high seas and in high society, beautifully cast with Henry Fonda as a goofy son of a goofy millionaire, and Barbara Stanwyck as a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathleen C. Boehmig
This was a pretty funny movie, but I didn't consider it the classic that apparently some people do. Barbara Stanwyck was, of course, very sexy, as she always is. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffrey R. Myers
Gave it five stars because Amazon doesn't let you go higher. One of the funniest movies ever made, that repays multiple viewings as the multiple layers of the comedy become more... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donald F. Donahue
I thought I had seen every old movie til now. Barbara Stanwyck no beauty but she carries it off and great acting. I never seen Henry Fonda in such a comical role. Read morePublished 2 months ago by llake