It gave us two actors, who had not yet really made it.
Tallulah Bankhead had quite the reputation, and was a known stage actor, who had first appeared in silent films in 1918, at the age of 16. After Faithless, she wasn’t seen on film for another eleven years.
Robert Montgomery was 28, and had been around since 1929. I know that any mention of him will bring angstful comments about his 1941 RKO Hitchcock comedy, but we all know that it’s probably in terrible condition, and we’ll never see it on Blu-ray. Such is life.
But the two came together in this little social romantic comedy/drama, and it really didn’t make a dent in 1932.
It was in many ways an M-G-M B picture, although it had the sets, tech credits and as you’ll see when you get a copy, some very interesting moving camera for 1932.
Two things struck me right off.
Warner Archive’s new Blu-ray looks very much akin to a new nitrate print directly off the OCN, but it can’t be. It’s from a safety fine grain courtesy of Roger Mayer’s nitrate conversion program that saved many a film, which would have been lost in the great conflagration.
This Blu-ray literally glistens and sparkles. Blacks are rich and deep, whites are clean. Grain is accurate. It was shot by Oliver T. Marsh (
And the film stands the test of time far better than I thought it might. It actually works better today than it may have 90 years ago.
Worth an addition to one’s library.
Image – 9.5
Audio – 9
Pass / Fail – Pass
Plays nicely with projectors – Yes
Worth your attention – 7.5
Slipcover rating – n/a
Upgrade from DVD – Yes
Robert has been known in the film industry for his unmatched skill and passion in film preservation. Growing up around photography, his first home theater experience began at age ten with 16mm. Years later he was running 35 and 70mm at home.
His restoration projects have breathed new life into classic films like Lawrence of Arabia, Vertigo, My Fair Lady, Spartacus, and The Godfather series. Beyond his restoration work, he has also shared his expertise through publications, contributing to the academic discourse on film restoration. The Academy Film Archive houses the Robert A. Harris Collection, a testament to his significant contributions to film preservation.
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