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Bronze Buckaroo
Bronze Buckaroo
DVD ~ Herb Jeffries
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3.0 out of 5 stars Important historical film, July 15, 2016
This review is from: Bronze Buckaroo (DVD)
Because Blacks were segregated in many places in the U.S., an industry grew up of films with black actors played to black audiences. The first film was made in 1912 (“The Railroad Porter”) by Oscar Micheaux, a Chicago sports writer. More black films appeared in the wake of the racist stereotypes from “Birth of a Nation” (1915) including the “Birth of a Race” (1918).

Films about blacks and featuring blacks were commonplace (“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, “Sambo”) but what distinguished the all black films was that the entire production was black.

By the time this film was made (1939) blacks were fairly well integrated into the mainstream cinema (e.g., Hattie McDaniel won the Oscar for “Gone with the Wind”), but because of segregation there was a need for films that appealed to blacks. “The Bronze Buckaroo” follows “Harlem on the Prairie” (1937) and “Two Gun Man from Harlem” (1938), both of them directed by Richard Kahn and both starring Herb Jeffries (1913-2014), Hollywood’s first singing cowboy. In fact Jeffries was such a good singer he left the big screen and went to work for Duke Ellington, but before switching careers, he produced and starred in several of these films, earning himself the nickname of “The Bronze Buckaroo”.

The film itself has some funny moments, but it’s hardly worth viewing apart from the historical significance. You might recognize big Spencer Williams (1893-1969), the Andy from the classic “Amos ‘n Andy” TV series from 1951 to 1953. Williams appeared in all 3 of the Bronze Buckaroo films.


Double Feature: The Squaw Man
Double Feature: The Squaw Man
DVD ~ Dustin Farnum
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historic Value, July 9, 2016
The 1931 version of “The Squaw Man” was the third filming of the play, all of them by Cecil B. DeMille. The play was written in 1905 and starred future famous silent film cowboy William S. Hart. It ran for nearly a year and was revived several times, then spawned a novel. It featured the marriage between a White man and an Indian and the birth of their son, a scandalous topic for the times. All three films and the novel follow the same basic story line.

The 1931 film stars Warner Baxter as the disgraced Englishman who marries Indian Princess Lupe Velez and together they create a son played by Dickie Moore. Eleanor Boardman plays Baxter’s English love interest and Charles Bickford plays an evil rancher.

Warner Baxter (1889-1951) was a big star in the 20s and won an Oscar for “In Old Arizona” (1929). He went on to star in “Prisoner of Shark island” (1936) and “Kidnapped” (1938) and his career fizzled after that. I'm not a big fan of Baxter and this film didn't change my mind.

Lupe Velez (1906-44) was “the Mexican Spitfire” and one of the first successful Latina actresses, starting her career in the silent era and expanding in the 30s. She is still doing silent era hystrionics in this film but she got better in her later films.

Eleanor Broadman (1898-1991) was a major silent film star, married to film director King Vidor, and best known for “The Crowd” (1928). This was her last film with MGM.

Crusty Charles Bickford (1891-1967) plays the villain. He appeared in nearly 100 films. He was nominated for an Oscar three times (“Song of Bernadette” in 1943, “The Farmer’s Daughter” in 1947, and “Johnny Belinda” in 1949), and each time, the actress who played opposite him won the Oscar for Best Actress – Jennifer Jones, Loretta Young, and Jane Wyman.

Dickie Moore (1925-2015) was just 5 years old when he made this film but he was already a veteran of over a dozen films. He gave Shirley Temple her first on-screen kiss (1942) and appeared in nearly 100 films.

The 1931 version plays mostly like a silent film in terms of the acting style and the camera movement. That’s a little disappointing because 1931 was a great year for film with “Frankenstein”, “Cimarron”, “Mata Hari”, “City Lights”, and “Dracula”. The Oscars went to “Cimarron” (Picture), “The Champ” (Actor), and “Min and Bill” (Actress). Other notable films released that year include “M”, “Public Enemy”, “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde”, and “Monkey Business”.

The Squaw Man has some historic value, especially being able to see two versions, but otherwise there are far better films to see.


Son-Daughter, The
Son-Daughter, The
DVD ~ Helen Hayes
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1.0 out of 5 stars for example) but for actors like Helen Hayes and Lewis Stone and Ramon Navarro, June 24, 2016
This review is from: Son-Daughter, The (DVD)
This is one of those politically insensitive films that were made without thought in the 20s and 30s and which continue even more recently. The entire cast is composed of white people playing Chinese. Warner Oland made a career doing this (he played Charlie Chan, for example) but for actors like Helen Hayes and Lewis Stone and Ramon Navarro, it's just plain silly. It's even worse than Marlon Brando ("Teahouse of the August Moon), Tony Randall (7 Faces of Dr Lao), John Wayne (The Conquerer), Edward G Robinson (The Hatchet Man), and Peter Ustinov (Charlie Chan)


Old San Francisco
Old San Francisco
DVD ~ Warner Oland, Chas. E. Mack, Josef Swickard Dolores Costello
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the last major silent films, June 19, 2016
This review is from: Old San Francisco (DVD)
“Old San Francisco” is a 1927 silent film starring Dolores Costello and Warner Oland. It is vaguely historical and the climax of the film is the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. This was one of the last silent films from Warner Brothers and one month later “The Jazz Singer” came out.

Beautiful Dolores Costello (1903-75) plays the grand-daughter of a wealthy Spanish family who were prominent in San Francisco before the gold rush of 1848. She is best remembered today as Drew Barrymore’s grandmother but she was a major silent film star and made a successful transition into talkies “Little Lord Fauntleroy”, “The Magnificent Ambersons”) before retiring.

Warner Oland (1879-1938) plays a heinous Chinese businessman. Oland is best known for his many films as Charlie Chan, starting in 1931 following his role in “The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu” (1929). Interestingly enough he was Swedish.

Anna May Wong (1905-61) plays a prostitute. Wong was one of the few well known Asian actresses in the first part of the 20th century. She appeared in more than 50 films including “Shame” (1921), “Peter Pan” (1924), and “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924). Her beauty and grace are clearly in focus.

The version of the restored film I saw had both the beginning and the end in harsh sepia tones, but the middle was fine.

1927 was a pivotal year in film with the production of “The Jazz Singer”. Other major films from that year were “Wings”, “King of Kings”, Abel Gance’s Napoleon, “London After Midnight”, and “Metropolis”. Clara Bow appeared in “It” and Buster Keaton’s classic comedy “The General”.

The film is a tour d’force for Costello who does a great job. Anna May Wong is also effective, though Oland is not as menacing as he could be, and the rest of the cast do the kind of over-acting we associate with silent films. The earthquake scene at the end is very good for the time.

The film is well worth viewing from the historical perspective as one of the last of the major silent films.


Prince Of Foxes '49
Prince Of Foxes '49
DVD ~ Tyrone Power
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great acting, June 17, 2016
This review is from: Prince Of Foxes '49 (DVD)
Orson Welles (1915-85) created some of the very best theatre, radio, and films in history, and is credited by almost everyone for making the #1 film of all time – “Citizen Kane” (1941). But he started having problems with producers and studios, left projects unfinished, went over budget, and a whole host of problems that ultimately resulted in fewer and fewer films of lesser and lesser quality. By 1949, when this film was made, Welles was already in trouble and exhibiting many of the problems that would unhinge his career. Though his brilliance would always shine through even the shabbiest of projects he undertook, it became harder and harder to find.

He made “The Prince of Foxes” in 1949 as part of his “European” phase in which he was acting to raise money to fund his projects (esp. “Othello” that ultimately appeared in 1952). Together with Tyrone Power they also made “The Black Rose” in 1950.

Welles is still young and full of vitality, and his performance as Cesar Borgia is excellent.

Everett Sloane (1909-65) plays an assassin. He appeared in more than 100 films and TV programs and was part of the Orson Welles stock company. In fact his film debut was in “Citizen Kane” (1941) as Mr. Bernstein and he appeared in several films with Welles (“Journey into Fear”, “Lady from Shanghai”). He transitioned to TV in the early 50s and was nominated for an Emmy in 1956 for his role in the “Kraft Television Theatre”. Sloane is over the top in this film, as he was in all his Welles’ films. But Sloan was able to be over the top and still turn in a great performance, as he did elsewhere and as he does here.

Tyrone Power (1914-58) was 20th Century Fox’s challenge to MGM’s Errol Flynn. He was doing bit parts when director Henry King cast him in “Lloyd’s of London” (1936) which launched his career. From 1936 to 42 he cranked out a few films every year, some of them notable – “Suez” (1938), “Jesse James” (1939), “The Mark of Zorro” (1940), “Blood and Sand” (1941). He was never nominated for an Oscar, although his performance in “Witness for the Prosecution” (1957) certainly deserved one.

Power once said – “The secret of charm is bulls***” and his film roles were filmed with charm. He was never as charming as he is in this film, one of his best from my POV. Power plays a peasant who pretends to be a nobleman and serves Borgia until he falls in love.

Felix Aylmer (1889-1979) plays the head of a rival Duchy. Of his 150+ films, Aylmer is best known for his roles as Polonius in Olivier’s “Hamlet” (1948) and as the Archbishop of Canterbury from “Becket” (1964). He does his usual good job here.

Director Henry King (1886-1982) was nominated for an Oscar in 1943 (“Song of Bernadette”) and 1944 (“Wilson”), won the Golden Globe for “Bernadette” and DGA nominations for his work with Gregory Peck in “David and Bathsheba” (1951) and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” (1952). He directed more than 100 films between 1915 and 1962, and worked with Power on nearly a dozen films including “Lloyds of London” (1936), “The Sun Also Rises” (1957), and “Captain from Castile” (1947).

The music and photography (unfortunately B&W) are magnificent.

The big Oscar winners in 1949 were “Hamlet” (Picture, Actor, Art Direction, Costume Design) and “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actor). The top box office hits were “Samson and Delilah”, “Battleground”, “Jolson Sings Again”, “The Sands of Iwo Jima”, and “I Was a Male Order Bride”. Other notable films that year were “All the King’s Men”, “Champion”, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”, “Twelve O’Clock High” and “White Heat”.

This is a better than average film that benefits from great acting.


Rawhide [DVD]
Rawhide [DVD]
DVD ~ Tyrone Power
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty poor western, June 11, 2016
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This review is from: Rawhide [DVD] (DVD)
“Rawhide” is a 1951 western

Tyrone Power (1914-58) was 20th Century Fox’s challenge to MGM’s Errol Flynn. He was doing bit parts when director Henry King cast him in
“Lloyd’s of London” (1936) which launched his career. From 1936 to 42 he cranked out a few films every year, some of them notable – “Suez” (1938), “Jesse James” (1939), “The Mark of Zorro” (1940), “Blood and Sand” (1941). He was never nominated for an Oscar, although his performance in “Witness for the Prosecution” (1957) certainly deserved one. Power once said – “The secret of charm is bulls***” and his film roles were filmed with charm, but not so much here. Power, like Flynn, just didn't look good with a six gun strapped to his waist.

Beautiful Susan Hayward (1917-75) plays a head strong woman, a role she did well and often. She was nominated for an Oscar 5 times winning in 1959 for “I Want to Live” although personally I preferred “I’ll Cry Tomorrow” (1956) and “With a Song in my Heart” (1953). There is no chemistry between Haywood and Power, but when you've got Hayward, who needs the chemistry?

Hugh Marlowe (1911-82) plays the bad guy, a role he rarely played in dozens of films like “Twelve O’Clock High” (1949), “All About Eve” (1950), or my favorite “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951). Marlow is not convincing, and it’s good that he stayed with playing more noble characters.

Crazy eyed Jack Elam (1920-2003) plays a killer. Elam is best known for his villainous roles in westerns like Vera Cruz” (1954), “Wichita” (1955), “The Man From Laramie” (1955), and “Gunfight at OK Corral” (1957). I enjoyed him best as Alamosa Bill in “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” (1973). Later in life he turned to comedy and gave many memorable performances in films like “The Apple Dumpling Gang” (1979) and “Cannonball Run” (1981) and on TV. He described his career this way -"Who's Jack Elam? Get me Jack Elam! Get me a Jack Elam type. Get me a young Jack Elam. Who's Jack Elam?" In this film you see Jack before he lost his eye. He’s just as crazy!

The film was directed by Henry Hathaway (1898-1985), a director who specialized in westerns from his earliest films - "Heritage of the Desert" (1932), "Wild Horse Mesa" (1932) - to his later films - "Shootout" (1971), "5 Card Stud" (1968), yet curiously enough his only nomination for an Oscar was for "Lives of a Bengal Lancer" (1935), and his best known films are non-Westerns (e.g., "Of Human Bondage", "Call Northside 777", "The Desert Fox"). He once said "To be a good director you've got to be a bastard. I'm a bastard and I know it." This is one of Hathaway’s weaker efforts. My favorite Hathaway western is “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965).

1951 was a good year for films. The top grossing films were “Quo Vadis”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Show Boat”, “A Streetcar Named Desire”, and “David and Bathsheba”. Oscars went to “The Quiet Man” (Director), “High Noon” (Actor), “Come Back Little Sheba” (Actress), “The Greatest Show on Earth” (Picture), and “Viva Zapata” (Supporting Actor). Other notable releases that year included “The African Queen”, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, “Murder Inc”, and “A Place in the Sun”.

Given how many great westerns there are from this time period, don't waste your time with this one.


Lady of the Tropics (1939)
Lady of the Tropics (1939)
DVD ~ Robert Taylor (I)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Best for fans of Taylor and Lamarr, June 10, 2016
This review is from: Lady of the Tropics (1939) (DVD)
“Lady of the Tropics” is a 1939 black and white melodrama dealing with mixed race romance (think Madame Butterrfly).

Good looking Robert Taylor (1911-69) is a playboy who falls in love with a half-caste beauty in Vietnam (called French Indochina in those days). His role here was a continuation of his “pretty boy” image in films like “Magnificent Obsession” (1935) and “Camille” (1936) and it would be a few years before his skills as an actor expanded.

Austrian born Hedy Lemarr (1913-2000) was one of the most beautiful actresses of all time, and her American film debut in Algiers (1938) launched her on a 20 year career that included films like “Boom Town” (1940), “Tortilla Flat” (1942), and “Samson and Delilah” (1949). She often played woman of mixed race (Tortilla Flats, White Cargo). Here in 1939 we see near the start of her career.

Jack Conway (1887-1952) directs. Conway was a prolific director (over 100 films) who started out as an actor but decided directing was for him when he was asked to wrestle a lion. He directed MGM’s first talkie in 1928 (“Alias Jimmy Valentine”) and worked on “Birth of a Nation” (1915) as a second director. Conway was particularly good working with long films (e.g., “Viva Villa”, “A Tale of Two Cities”, “Northwest Passage”) and with films featuring women (e.g., “But the Flesh is Weak”, “Libeled Lady”).

If you’re a fan of Taylor and Lamarr then you’ll enjoy this film. Otherwise there are better romantic melodramas from this period.


It All Came True
It All Came True
DVD ~ Humphrey Bogart, Jeffrey Lynn Ann Sheridan
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Film, June 9, 2016
This review is from: It All Came True (DVD)
“It All Came True” is a 1940 black and white musical comedy gangster film notable as one of Humphrey Bogart’s last films before he became a big star. Little need be said about Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957). In the 30s, Bogart played second fiddle to Warner’s biggest stars James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson in films like “Bullets or Ballots” (1936), “Kid Galahad” (1937), and “Angels with Dirty Faces” (1938), but in 1941 Bogart starred in “High Sierra” and “The Maltese Falcon” and from that point onward, Bogart became a big name star, eventually surpassing both of them in 1943 on the tail of his performance in “Casablanca”. Bogart plays a mobster on the run.

The film stars sultry Ann Sheridan (1915-67) as an aspiring singer and daughter of a boarding house manager where Bogart hides out. Sheridan appeared in more than 50 films, mostly in the late 30s and 40s, where she earned the nickname “Oomph Girl”, before she made a move to TV. She appeared with Jimmy Cagney in “Angels with Dirty Faces” (1938), with Bogart in “They Drive By Night” (1940), with Ronald Reagan in “Kings Row” (1942), and with Cary Grant in “I Was a Male War Bride” (1949).

Jeffrey Lynn (1909-95) plays Bogart’s henchman and the son of the boarding house owner. She and Sheridan have “history”. Lynn appeared in dozens of films in the 40s.

The film has some of the best comedians from the 40s, including Zasu Pitts, Una O’Conner (Sheridan’s mom), and Felix Bressart.

The film was directed by Lewis Seiler (1890-1964). He worked with Tom Mix in the silent era and subsequently directed nearly 100 films including “Pittsburgh” (1942) and “Guadalcanal Diary” (1943).

Somehow the romance (between Lynn and Sheridan), the comedy (Pitts, O’Connor, Bressart), and the gangster (Bogart) elements don’t mix in an entirely suitable manner. The NY Times said “…sometimes, in a mystic limbo outside the pale of these dominant categories, there will occur an effort like "It All Came True" which is neither comedy, strictly speaking, nor good red gangsterism, nor an altogether creditable combination of both…” Variety said that the story “has as many angles as a Hollywood agent.”

The top grossing films in 1940 were “Fantasia”, “Pinocchio”, “Rebecca”, “Boom Town”, and “Santa Fe Trail”. “Rebecca” won for best picture, James Stewart (“Philadelphia Story” was best actor, and Ginger Rogers (“Kitty Foyle”) was best actress. Other notable films that year were westerns like Spencer Tracy in “Northwest Passage”, Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan in “The Westerner”, and Errol Flynn in “Virginia City”, comedies like Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in “My Favorite Wife”, Cary Grant and Roz Russell in “His Girl Friday”, and W.C. Fields as “The Bank Dick” and with Mae West in “My Little Chickadee”.

All things considered there isn’t much to recommend it. It’s interesting to see Bogart trying to play in the comedy, and Sheridan is always an eyeful, but otherwise your time can be better spent elsewhere.


Violence (1947)
Violence (1947)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary Film About an Extraordinary Time, June 2, 2016
This review is from: Violence (1947) (Amazon Video)
“Violence” is a 1947 low budget black and white film dealing with the problem of veterans adjusting to a society that seemingly doesn’t provide adequately for their post-war needs. In 1947 this was a major topic following the Great Strike Wave of 1945-46 and Truman’s threat to take over railroads if strikes persisted. Bear in mind that 1947 was the year that the Republican Congress passed the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the ability of unions to strike.

Adorable Nancy Coleman (1912-2000) stars as an undercover reporter looking into a veteran’s organization that promotes violence. She was active in the 40s and then switched to TV where she was popular as a dramatic actress. She’s probably best known as Abigail Brooks Adams from the “Adams Chronicles”.

Familiar Michael O’Shea (1906-73) had a similar career to Coleman. He played mostly in crime dramas, probably because he came from a family of Policemen. Here he plays an ambiguous person who becomes romantically involved with Coleman.

Renaissance man Sheldon Leonard appears as a thug as he usually did (e.g., “Guys and Dolls” (1955), “Pocketful of Miracles” (1961). This is one of his weaker performances as an actor, however, Leonard was also a producer (“I Spy”, “Andy Griffith Show”, “Dick Van Dyke Show”, “Danny Thomas Show”), director (“The Real McCoys”, “Gomer Pyle”, “Lassie”), and writer (“Andy Griffith Show”). He was a prolific actor who appeared in more than 50 films from 1934 to 1952 at which time he turned to TV and later developed the rest of his skill set.

Big Peter Whitney (1916-72) appears as a not-so-bright thug. Whitney’s massive frame and enormous head awash with bushy eyebrows made him
a natural heavy in films like “Underground” (1941), “Murder he Says” (1945), and “Three Strangers” (1946). In the 50s he transitioned to TV appearing in dozens of series. He had a recurring role as Sgt. Sinclair in “The Rough Riders” (1958-9).

Emory Parnell (1892-1979 was a familiar face in hundreds of films and TV shows. Here he plays the head of a corrupt organization, but in his later career on TV he usually played a cowboy or a bartender.

John Hamilton (1887-1958) makes a brief appearance as a physician. He made hundreds of films and TV shows, and is probably best known as Perry White from the 1950s Superman TV series.

Monogram Pictures had produced a hit in 1946 (“Decoy”) and this was their follow-up, with the same director, producer, and actors, but it failed to sizzle.

1947 wasn’t the best year for films. The Oscar winners were “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Gentlemen’s Agreement” and the box office leaders included “Unconquered”, “The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer”, “Mother Wore Tights” and “Life with Father.” Other notable films that year were “Dark Passage” (Bogart), “The Lady From Shanghai” (Orson Welles), and “Possessed” (Joan Crawford).

The topic is important, but the film isn’t. My favorite films about this era are “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946), “Till the End of Time” (1946), “Home of the Brave” (1949), and “The Men” (1950).


The Most Dangerous Game
The Most Dangerous Game
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3.0 out of 5 stars and he gave good performances in films such as “Foreign Correspondent” (1940) and ..., May 28, 2016
With Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong in the lead on a remote island you’d think you were watching the classic King Kong” (1933) but instead it’s “The Most Dangerous Game” which was made simultaneously with Kong and which shares not merely actors and crew but also many of the location and studio stage sets.

In this film, a hunter (Joel Mc Crea) is washed up on an island ruled by an insane man (Leslie Banks) where he meets a brother (Robert Armstrong) and sister (Fay Wray) who are being held against their wills, and ultimately subject to be hunted by the insane man who lost his appetite for big game hunting and now wants to hunt the most dangerous game of all – humans.

Joel McCrea (1905 – 1990) had a long career starting in the silent film era, and appeared in more than 70 films, usually as a hero in westerns – “Wells Fargo” (1937), “Union Pacific” (1939), “The Virginian” (1946), and “Four Faces West” (1948). But McCrea wasn’t limited to western films, and he gave good performances in films such as “Foreign Correspondent” (1940) and “Sullivan’s Travels” (1941).

Fay Wray (1907-2004), of course, is everyone’s favorite damsel in peril as the movie actresss who is kidnapped by “King Kong” (1933). In a career that lasted nearly 60 years she appeared in more than 60 films, including “Viva Villa” (1934) and “The Countess of Monte Cristo” (1934), but nothing every equaled the power and appeal of the big gorilla.

Robert Armstrong (1890-1973) will always be best known for his role as hunter Carl Denham in this film and the original, as well as “Mighty Joe Young” (1949) even though he performed in 160 films including “Palooka” (1934), “G Men” (1935). “Man of Conquest” (1939) and “Blood on the Sun” (1945).

Merian Cooper (1893-1973) was the Associate Producer. He was nominated for an Oscar for “The Quiet Man” (1952), one of several films he made with John Wayne (e.g., “The Searchers”, “Rio Grande”, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”, “3 Godfathers”, “Fort Apache”). His other notable films include “King Kong” (1933), “The Lost Patrol” (1934), and “Wagon Master” (1950). John Ford called Cooper his favorite producer. Among his other talents, Cooper was a pioneer in stop motion animation, Technicolor, and Cinerama as well as a war hero, an aviation pioneer, and one of the first real life documentary makers.

Films in which people are being hunted include “A Game of Death (1945)” with Erich Kreiger hunting John Loder, “Run for the Sun” (1956) with Trevor Howard hunting Richard Widmark, “Bloodlust” (1961) with Wilton Graff hunting Robert Reed, “The Woman Hunt” (1973) with Eddie Garcia hunting Pat Woodell, “Turkey Shoot” (1982) with Michael Craig hunting Steve Railsback, “Hard Target” (1993) with Lance Henriksen hunting Jean Claude van Damme, and ”Surviving the Game” (1994) with Rutger Hauer hunting Ice-T. “The Naked Prey” (1965) is a slightly different version of the same story, with Cornel Wilde being chased by a tribe of African natives.

1932 was a good year for films – Grand Hotel” was the Oscar and box office king, but Jean Harlow had 2 films in the top 10 (“Red Headed Woman” and “Red Dust”) as did Miriam Hopkins (“Trouble in Paradise” and “Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”) and Wallace Beery (“Champ” and “Grand Hotel”). Other notable films from that year were “I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang”, “Freaks” ,“A Farewell to Arms”, “Scarface”, “Horse Feathers” and “Tarzan The Ape Man”.

The film is OK and has historical value as the first of its genre.


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