Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dance Fools, Dance (1931)

There must be more to this movie than what I saw, it seemed to short and just didn’t feel right. It was an ok movie, any time you put Clark Gable and Joan Crawford together you know you’ll get an ok movie. Here is the plot right off the VHS’s back cover “Bonnie Jordan (Crawford) swings from socialite to reporter to “a cheap moll in the underworld” without missing a beat. When her rich father dies penniless after the stock market crash, she and her brother Rodney must find work. Bonnie becomes a reporter, while Rodney takes to selling bootleg booze and gets involved with Chicago underworld giant Jake Luva (Gable). The story shifts into high gear as Bonnie - working undercover to solve a murder - is hired as a dancer at Jake’s nightclub”. Now as for Natalie, she plays the love interest of Clark Gable, who gets replaced with Joan Crawford, sorry Crawford fans, but Clark made a bad mistake there. Natalie gets a few scenes, but there seems to be something missing, the way Clark and her react to each other makes me wonder if some of her scenes were cut out, something just didn’t feel right. The scene with Natalie and Clark in his office when he lights his cigarette and she blows his smoke out of her face is just awesome, great work not only from Clark and Natalie, but the camera man and director, just fantastic. Her look in that scene is great, how could Clark, or any man for that matter turn her down?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Heart Of Arizona (1938) Poster

Here is the poster of a movie Natalie did with Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd). I have never seen this movie, but I want to badly, I had a chance to purchase the VHS on eBay but I decided to wait and see if I could get it on DVD, stupid decision. I still keep checking on eBay for a copy.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Big Chance (1933)

Thankfully this movie only cost me $5, because it wasn’t worth any more than that, a lame and typical story. It’s about a boxer who is a fall guy for some corrupt promoters, the boxer soon falls in love with a local girl, who’s kid brother is his biggest fan. The kid finds out he’s not what he seems to be, and now the boxer has to prove he isn’t a bad as everyone thinks he is. To prove his innocence he needs to beat the champ in a match that he was supposed to take a fall and collect a huge amount of money, I think you know how this ends. I don’t know much about most of the cast, a young Mickey Rooney played the kid brother, and I know he is an icon in this country, but I just can’t stand Mickey Rooney, I find him very annoying. As for miss Natalie Moorhead, what a waste, like always she did the best she could with the few seconds of scene time she got, although her character wasn‘t very important. She played the role of the girl the promoter got in order to keep the boxer’s mind off the local girl. She was playful and fun, and like always looked fantastic, in my opinion the boxer choose the wrong girl, but then we would have no happy ending, we’ve got to have the happy ending, don’t we?