"It's a silly story...only possible with music."
Familiar story of a vaudeville family never really takes off despite Carson and Sothern's best efforts. A bit of her patented brassy vulnerability would have goosed the proceedings, but she's primarily on loving mother/loyal spouse duty here. (There is a delightful, instantly identifiable vocal cameo in the second half that briefly perks things up.) It's too bad, because the stars have excellent chemistry, and it's easy to imagine that, if Warners had been able to get hold of Ann earlier in the 40s, they might've made a nice team in an unofficial film series, a la Carson's movies with Dennis Morgan.
Silly diverting fun, if a lot less so than producer Irwin Allen's later famed disaster pics. Mature can reliably anchor anything, and although there's not enough of either, whomever had the inspired idea of making Vincent Price ringmaster and Peter Lorre a clown in something that's not horror definitely earned their pay.
Trim, relentlessly suspense-building noir with a bit of a twist in its setup, giving three sometimes underutilized performers a real chance to shine. A rare leading man role for Lee J. Cobb, and a romantic one to boot. (Well, romantic in the extremely noir sense of 'I'm helping my married girlfriend cover up the murder and dispense with the bullet-riddled corpse of the husband she just killed, even as I investigate the case', but still...) For at least part of…
Been wanting to see this for years, and now glad that it didn't happen until this glowing new restoration. Unsurprisingly, a master class in comic timing and exposition---Lubitsch's sheer patience and confidence in letting moments build and unhurriedly pay off never ceases to amaze, no matter how familiar you are with his work. (The mix of laughter and pathos he can get out of merely showing a man crossing the street...and in a 68-minute running time, no less!) In a…