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Kino gives us a slightly wacky, rather odd release on Blu-ray of Earl Carroll's Murder at the Vanities, a 1934 murder / comedy from Paramount via Universal.

Mr. Carroll, per wiki, "produced and directed numerous Broadway musicals, including eleven editions of Earl Carroll's Vanities, Earl Carroll's Sketch Book and Murder at the Vanities, which was also made into a film starring Carl Brisson, Victor McLaglen and Jack Oakie. Known as "the troubadour of the nude", Carroll was famous for his productions featuring the most lightly clad showgirls on Broadway. Damon Runyon, in his short story “The Brain Goes Home” has the narrator remark, “Well, Mr. Earl Carroll feels sorry for Cynthia, so he puts her in the 'Vanities' and lets her walk around raw, and The Brain sees her, and the next thing anybody knows she is riding in a big foreign automobile the size of a rum chaser, and is chucking a terrible swell.” In 1922, he built the first Earl Carroll Theatre in New York, which was demolished and rebuilt on a grander scale in 1931. He built a second theatre on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California, in 1938.

There's your context. This ain't The Follies.


The film, directed by Mitchell Leisen, allows Victor McLaglen, who earlier Paramount attempted to add to the Marx Brothers, but he failed at comedy, as part of a new duo with Jack Oakie (who played straight man to Chapin).

It didn't work.

Carl Brisson was a Danish actor who had appeared in the Hitchcock directed The Ring and The Manxman, appears as the singing love interest to Kitty Carlisle, which makes this a rarity of being a murder mystery, comedy, musical.

The main interest here is that it's pre-code.

You'll find Lucille Ball. Alan Ladd, Dennis O'Keefe and Ann Sheridan popping up in bits.

Notes tell us that it's a new 2k master, presumably derived from a safety fine grain, and it looks quite nice. Some wear and tear, but nothing problematic. It appears very much like a 35 print derived from a well-used negative.

Grain is there, but never a problem. Black levels and shadow detail are fine, especially for an unrestored project. Shot by Leo Tover.

A fun film that's quite different from the Paramount norm of the era.


Image - 3.25

Audio – 3.5 (Monaural)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors - Yes

Recommended

RAH
 

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I've ordered this! DUKE ELLINGTON and his orchestra in EBONY RHAPSODY are an important moment of a JAZZ GIANT and his legendary orchestra on film at a time when black genius on film was not readily available. I'm hoping to enjoy this!
 

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I have the DVD of MURDER AT THE VANITIES (part of the "Pre Code Hollywood" set. It's a most entertaining film and features the first performance of Sam Coslows's classic song "Cocktails for Two" sung by Carl Brisson. (Never the same song after the Spike Jones' version!)
Regarding picture quality, if the Blu-ray is scanned from the same print as the DVD (which is very good) it ought to rate better than the 3.25 that Mr Harris gives it.
 

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I have the DVD of MURDER AT THE VANITIES (part of the "Pre Code Hollywood" set. It's a most entertaining film and features the first performance of Sam Coslows's classic song "Cocktails for Two" sung by Carl Brisson. (Never the same song after the Spike Jones' version!)
The recording by Keely Smith with Billy May is the best verson I've heard.
 

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Kino gives us a slightly wacky, rather odd release on Blu-ray of Earl Carroll's Murder at the Vanities, a 1934 murder / comedy from Paramount via Universal.

Mr. Carroll, per wiki, "produced and directed numerous Broadway musicals, including eleven editions of Earl Carroll's Vanities, Earl Carroll's Sketch Book and Murder at the Vanities, which was also made into a film starring Carl Brisson, Victor McLaglen and Jack Oakie. Known as "the troubadour of the nude", Carroll was famous for his productions featuring the most lightly clad showgirls on Broadway. Damon Runyon, in his short story “The Brain Goes Home” has the narrator remark, “Well, Mr. Earl Carroll feels sorry for Cynthia, so he puts her in the 'Vanities' and lets her walk around raw, and The Brain sees her, and the next thing anybody knows she is riding in a big foreign automobile the size of a rum chaser, and is chucking a terrible swell.” In 1922, he built the first Earl Carroll Theatre in New York, which was demolished and rebuilt on a grander scale in 1931. He built a second theatre on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California, in 1938.

There's your context. This ain't The Follies.

The film, directed by Mitchell Leisen, allows Victor McLaglen, who earlier Paramount attempted to add to the Marx Brothers, but he failed at comedy, as part of a new duo with Jack Oakie (who played straight man to Chapin).

It didn't work.

Carl Brisson was a Danish actor who had appeared in the Hitchcock directed The Ring and The Manxman, appears as the singing love interest to Kitty Carlisle, which makes this a rarity of being a murder mystery, comedy, musical.

The main interest here is that it's pre-code.

You'll find Lucille Ball. Alan Ladd, Dennis O'Keefe and Ann Sheridan popping up in bits.

Notes tell us that it's a new 2k master, presumably derived from a safety fine grain, and it looks quite nice. Some wear and tear, but nothing problematic. It appears very much like a 35 print derived from a well-used negative.

Grain is there, but never a problem. Black levels and shadow detail are fine, especially for an unrestored project. Shot by Leo Tover.

A fun film that's quite different from the Paramount norm of the era.

Image - 3.25

Audio – 3.5 (Monaural)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors - Yes

Recommended

RAH
 

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Kino gives us a slightly wacky, rather odd release on Blu-ray of Earl Carroll's Murder at the
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Mr. Carroll, per wiki, "produced and directed numerous Broadway musicals, including
eleven editions of Earl Carroll's Vanities, Earl Carroll's Sketch Book and Murder at the
Vanities, which was also made into a film starring Carl Brisson, Victor McLaglen and Jack
Oakie. Known as
"the troubadour of the nude"
" Carroll was famous for his productions
featuring the most lightly clad showgirls on Broadway. Damon Runyon, in his short story
"The Brain Goes Home" has the narrator remark, "Well, Mr. Earl Carroll feels sorry for
Cynthia, so he puts her in the 'Vanities' and lets her walk around raw, and The Brain sees
her, and the next thing anybody knows she is riding in a big foreign automobile the size of a
rum chaser, and is chucking a terrible swell." In 1922, he built the first Earl Carroll Theatre
in New York, which was demolished and rebuilt on a grander scale in 1931. He built a
second theatre on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California, in 1938.
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roxy1927

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The exterior of the art deco Earl Carroll theater existed for years at 7th Av and 50th street housing a Woolworth's on the ground floor and Capezio's above. I always wondered what other parts of the theater still remained.
Details about it can be found on Cinema Treasures.
 

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