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A Whale of a night


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I really enjoyed seeing the first two films tonight. I haven't seen THE GREAT GARRICK since the mid-60s and it's a fun romp with the usually unheralded Brian Aherne in great form. The film was a financial disaster and such a sore point with Jack Warner that legend has it that he banned Whale from ever setting foot on the lot again.

 

ONE MORE RIVER was a gorgeous print, enough to keep me watching through the rather melodramatic plot line that isn't normally my thing, especially as I'm not particularly fond of Frank Lawton.

 

But there were also the two British Empire archetypes in C. Aubrey Smith and Henry Stephenson, Colin Clive, Lionel Atwill (also in the first film) and Diana Wynyard who didn't make enough films in my perspective. I was just about rooting out loud for her when she was on the stand and loved the responses she gave to the determined Atwill as he was trying to prosecute.

 

When she came back with "May I be protected from these sarcasms" not long after Atwill said the same thing, I just may have shouted "yes" out loud. Great stuff.

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>When she came back with "May I be protected from these sarcasms" not long after Atwill said the same thing, I just may have shouted "yes" out loud. Great stuff.

 

I agree. That was a great line.

 

This was a very mature "modern" type movie. Very interesting, great dialogue and acting.

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You might enjoy reading the NY Times review of the film. It must have been quite a coup for Universal to get a film booked at Radio City Music Hall:

 

 

August 10, 1934

h1. Diana Wynyard, Frank Lawton and Colin Clive in a Film of John Galsworthy's Last Novel.

 

By MORDAUNT HALL.

 

 

Boldly concentrating their attention on one of the two dominant angles of the story and accelerating the action when it was deemed necessary for dramatic purposes, R. C. Sherriff and James Whale, who distinguished themselves as a team by their skillful handling of the film of H. G. Wells's book, "The Invisible Man," have fashioned a grand picture out of thelate John Galsworthy's last novel, "One More River," the third of the triology of the Forsytes.

 

 

In this Radio City Music Hall's presentation the noteworthy accuracy in detail is of vast assistance to the impact of the narrative. Mr. Whale, as the director, not only reveals his painstaking efforts in this regard but he has also selected his cast with unusual discernment, each player being especially well suited to the character he or she is called upon to portray. Although the principals are Diana Wynyard, Frank Lawton and Colin Clive, all the supporting performers rise to what is demanded of them.

 

 

It is interesting to note that when the picture was screened in its first form it met with censorial objections and certain scenes had to be retaken. This has been accomplished so shrewdly that the changes cannot be detected by those who have witnessed the production only as it stands. From reports concerning the original aspects, it might be ventured that the alterations and eliminations have improved the picture, for it is understood that unsavory incidents were overstressed.

 

 

The film ignores the unhappy experiences of Dinny Cherrell and concerns itself with the story of her sister Clare, the wife of Sir Gerald Corven. Even those who may regret the differences between the novel and the picture, may be gratified to discover such an intelligent drama, particularly when they give thought to the exigencies of such an adaptation.

 

 

One might hazard that this film can boast of one of the finest court room episodes ever projected on a screen. This comes at a climactic point of the pictorial narrative and is concerned with the proceedings in the trial of the divorce suit instituted by Sir Gerald, with Tony Croom, who is desperately in love with Clare, named as the corespondent. It happens in London, and there are the bewigged judge, barristers and others in the court. It is a remarkable sequence and one endowed with considerable vitality, truth and imagination.

 

 

In the opening scenes Clare is discovered returning from Ceylon. She has left her husband because he beat her with a riding crop. On the vessel she meets Tony, an impecunious young fellow, who does not hesitate to declare his love for her. Subsequently Sir Gerald arrives and he pleads with Clare to return to him, acknowledging the sadistic side to his nature, but promising her that there will be no further outburst of ferocity. He persists later in following her and one is given to understand that she experiences further cruel treatment from him.

 

 

Clare is innocent of the charges of infidelity, but she is shadowed by a private detective, who makes notes of the time Tony spends in Clare's apartment and also of their trips in the country. All these scenes are set forth with admirable restraint and with occasional bits of gentle comedy relief.

 

 

Miss Wynyard gives a stirringly sincere personation as Clare. Frank Lawton is excellent as Tony and Colin Clive is splendid as Sir Gerald. Mrs. Patrick Campbell makes the most of some witty lines and Jane Wyatt is ingratiating as Clare's sister, Dinny. Lionel Atwill gives a capital performance as Sir Gerald's counsel and Alan Mowbray serves well as the defendant's lawyer. Gilbert Emery is impressive as the judge. Praiseworthy work is done also by C. Aubrey Smith, Henry Stephenson, Tempe Piggott and Kathleen Howard.

 

 

The Radio City Music Hall's stage attraction this week is known as "After Midnight," and the entertainers include Nina Whitney, Arthur Mahoney, Ben Dova, Alice Dawn, Robert Henderson, Moore and Revel, the Rockettes and the ballet corps.

 

 

*ONE MORE RIVER,* an adaptation of the late John Galsworthy's last novel; directed by James Whale; a Universal production. At the Radio City Music Hall.

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Thought I watch the "Invisible Man" (1933) last night and no matter how many times I see it, that scene with the poor woman (who will need therapy for life) sceaming and running down the road with the Invisible Man behind her.skipping singing, "Here we go gathering nuts in May." always give me a laugh.

 

I tried to find flaws in the special effects and can't find any. Its nothing short of *perfection!* Goes to show, the inventiveness of SFX before the days of computers.

 

I came across this behind the Scene photo with James Whale directing.

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Edited by: hamradio on Jan 28, 2012 8:58 PM Really having trouble with this computer tonight!

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Not only was ONE MORE RIVER a beautiful print, the whole film was sumptuous looking with its beautiful set design. I was impressed by Diana Wynyard's performance and would like to see her in more films. Her looks, at times, seem to be quite modern. I believe this is the first time I have seen this actress in any film. Hopefully this film will find a release on either BR or standard DVD.

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When you get the chance, check out Diana Wynyard in the British version of GASLIGHT. She has the role that Ingrid Bergman played and you may even end up preferring the original version.

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I finally watched *One More River* and found it riveting. What a grand cast and great story, so unusual for its time! It disturbed me, though, that the woman was reluctant to discuss her husband's brutality to her on the witness stand. But it's a fine film, with a great supporting performance by Mrs. Patrick Campbell!

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