Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Mary won the 1930 Academy Award for her performance, proving that the judges that year were heavily swayed and/or hitting the bathtub gin. She is terrible. Even if you take away the fact that it was her first talkie, and technology certainly wasn't up to par yet (everyone sounds like goats)...it was still an awful picture. Mary is almost a caricature of herself, overcompensating for the new format with ridiculously exaggerated facial expressions and movements. She hadn't learned "talkie" acting yet, and it shows badly. However, her costars fare no better - a very young Johnny Mack Brown, as her star-crossed love interest, is stilted and uncomfortable - and the plot itself presents Mary as a teenaged flirt, which is a bit of a stretch (though she does try her hardest). Also, what accent was that?!