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In Name Only


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I can't say fairly that it's an awful film, but everything, absolutely everything in the film rings false. All the dramatic rhythms are off, the character motivations and actions make little or no sense, resulting in these two great stars chewing the scenery with the melodramatic claptrap that's been placed in their, and everyone else's, mouths.


The most notable thing about the film (which I'd never seen before) is that it struck me how much Linda Darnell (whose hollywood career began the same year IN NAME ONLY was released) looks like a younger, prettier Kay Francis -- and what a forgettably pretentious, and sexless, actress Francis was. Was Warner Bros. ever lucky when the rise of Bette Davis as it's "queen of the lot" shoved Francis out the door).

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