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The Golden Arrow

3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Fortune-hunting playboys woo her. Newshounds clamor for the scoop on her romances. But society-page sensation Daisy Appleby, renowned as the heiress to a cosmetic company's millions, has a plan. Weary of facing a revolving door of flower-bearing fops, she arranges a marriage of convenience with likable, regular-guy reporter Johnny Jones. In exchange, Johnny will receive a weekly
stipend so he can quit work and write his novel. That's the plan. Watch it all comically unravel as Bette Davis and George Brent star in a frothy screwball concoction that's one of 11 features they made together. Alfred E. Green directs; he guided Davis the year before in her Best Actress Oscar(r)-winning* Dangerous.

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  • Actors: Bette Davis, George Brent, Eugene Pallette, Dick Foran, Carol Hughes
  • Directors: Alfred E. Green
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UBLKTG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Golden Arrow" on IMDb

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By Rita Reader VINE VOICE on August 23, 2010
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This is a cute little screwball comedy and frankly, if you get George Brent and Bette Davis in a film, you can't go wrong. Davis is the heir to a fortune, Brent is the reporter that agrees to marry her to keep the male gold diggers away. He agrees so he can write the novel he has always wanted. He is noble and of course, can't help falling in love with her along the way. There is a neat twist at the end and I won't spoil it for you. I bought it never having seen it, and I know it will be one I will watch over and over. I already own Jezebel, The Great Lie, Dark Victory and In This our Life. I can't wait until Warners releases more of the films they made together. There were eleven in all, and I plan to check the Archives often.
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"The Golden Arrow" is a rare entry in the legacy of the great Bette Davis - a lightweight romantic comedy. Davis, herself, panned the film as trivial, coming as it did not long after her first Oscar, but it is not bad at all. She stars as a bogus heiress, employed by a cosmetics manafacturer, to help promote their cold cream. To ward off European suitors, she marries a reporter and the film bobs along merrily to its inevitable outcome. The good news is that George Brent plays the reporter and he and Davis always paired well. Brent has a slightly whimsical approach to comedy which works so well. While the film maybe lightweight, Davis gets star treatment with many attractive closeups and fashions. Her acting is not frenetic at all and her diction is much more natural than usual. She is charming.

The DVD has been issued within the Warner's Archive Collection (on demand) which means it is expensive, there are no extras and the print is unrestored. In this case, the print is adequate.
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Fresh off her Oscar-winning role in 1935 for DANGEROUS, Bette Davis was entitled to believe that only the best of roles would henceforth come her way. Instead, in 1936, Warner Bros. plonked her in the lightweight screwball comedy GOLDEN ARROW. Trooper that she was - or not; she did routinely rail against the more craptacular scripts sent her way - Bette Davis was predictably the best thing about the film.

I love watching movie stars in their early pictures. Take Lucille Ball. This may be heresy, but I've always preferred Lucille Ball when she was trying to get a foot in the door back in the late '30s and '40s, years before she would land I LOVE LUCY. And while I respect the hell out of Bette Davis The Dramatic Actress, I always had more fun with her rare comedies. With her forthrightness and caustic delivery and her inability to take guff, she lent an exhilarating edginess to her comedies. Admittedly, GOLDEN ARROW falls in the rear when thrown in with her other lighthearted ventures of the 1930s (Fashions of 1934 (1934), It's Love I'm After, and, yes, Jimmy The Gent (Remaster)). But because Bette Davis is THAT good and THAT dynamic, GOLDEN ARROW cannot be dismissed so offhandedly. It holds moments of sheer watchability. And for those who know their character actors from Hollywood's Golden Age, Eugene Pallette and E. E. Clive have bit parts.

GOLDEN ARROW takes place in a long-vanished era in which reporters were regarded as chivalrous citizens.
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Short comedy has Bette Davis and George Brent in a somewhat case of mistaken identity. The only problem is with the transfer. The video is okay, but the volume is so low that one cannot hear the film, even turned up to total volume. Unfortunately, there are no subtitles to make it easier. Warner Archives did a poor job on this charming comedy.
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It is rare that Bette Davis is dull. But even she can't make much of this trite charmless story. George Brent is better than usual and quite young in this. Only for true Bette Davis fans who must have everything
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Main reason to see this one is if you like either Brent or Davis and want to see them in early roles. The plot is good and I don't want to give away too much, the biggest complaint is the copy. The sound is not great on this print but the video quality is pretty good. It is fairly short (about 70 mins) and keeps a decent pace, but their are only a few genuine laughs and they may be offset by the scary swimsuit worn by George Brent in the film, YIKES!!! Depression era swimwear was not good.
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