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A United Artists Retrospective Yearbook: 1932


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This was the avation film with Chester Morris that started 1932 off....

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Joan Blondell, Madge Evans, and Ina Claire played gold-diggers looking for husbands in The Greeks had a Word for Them.

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Spencer Tracy tried to dodge the war.... and then he found himself on a battlefield....

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Howard Hughes had his best regarded production with Scarface, with Paul Muni and Ann Dvorak in a well-regarded gangster saga.

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Don't let the poster fool you. The Silver lining was actually a tale of women in prison, always a recipe for high drama.

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the Congress Dances was a German musical.

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White Zombie was able to shock many in 1932.

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Douglas Fairbanks next turned to a comic take on Daniel Dafoe.

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Joan Crawford appeared in Rain, a sultry, disturbing adaptation of Sadie Thompson. Trashed at the time, it now stands as one of Crawford's best performances.

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Jack Buchanan starred in Good night Vienna, a WWI set musical.

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Eddie Canton went to the bulls in The Kid from Spain.

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Ronald Colman engaged in a love affair with horrific repercussions in Cynara.

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Scarface is a great early gangster film with nice cinematography (I love the "X" motif used throughout). White Zombie is a good Karloff film but the ending was too rushed. Also I love der Kongress Tanzt -a beautiful Lehar-style German operetta film.

 

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  1. (0(k of the Air: It's very Hughesian (in other words, bosoms and aviation)? I wish TCM would show that recently restored print that came straight from HH's vault.
  2. The Greeks Had a Word For Them: Also known as Three Broadway Girls, and available in mediocre copies wherever public domain films can be found.
  3. Scarface: Better than the 1980s version, if you ask this aging film crank.
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