Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The plot is simple: Lou (Clara Bow) is a cooch dancer who takes a bet: if she get the barker's naive and innocent son Chris (Richard Cromwell) to fall in love with her, she'll earn $100 from Carrie (Minna Gombel), a fellow performer furious at the barker (Preston Foster) for choosing said son's welfare over their relationship. Along the way, Lou finds herself actually falling in love with Chris, and must deal with the resulting fury from his father, but she eventually proves herself worthy of his son's love. (An interesting aside: this is a remake of 1928's The Barker, which earned Betty Compson an Oscar nomination.)
A predictable yet fun film, with affable characters (if not a little one-dimensional - Cromwell gives off the impression that he had a head injury as a kid); but its highlight was the new, hard-boiled Clara. I could see her fitting in beautifully with the fast-paced gangster films of the 1930s. Closeups reveal her to be as lovely as ever, and that she still had the vivacious charm and heart-stopping gaze that made her such a success in silents. The extra half in my review is purely for her performance.
I give this one:
I must thank the generous Bill Cramer of The Clara Bow Page for providing me with a copy of this picture. If you click the link, you can read his reviews of both "Hoop-La" and "Call Her Savage".