Really delightful newspaper picture starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (still a teen and trying to forge his own career outside of his father’s gigantic swashbuckling shadow) and directed by Frank Capra, whose career was really firing up.Continue reading “Fun Size Review: The Power of the Press (1928)”
One of the more delightful comedy features of the silent era, this is also Harry Langdon’s best film. He plays a little Belgian soldier who comes to America in search of his wartime pen pal.
Harry Langdon is a little Belgian soldier who comes to America to find his pen pal. How hard can it be to find a Mary Brown in 1926? He just has to get through gangsters, bootleggers and the common cold to locate her. Langdon at his best.
Okay, so this annoyingly peppy cub reporter muffs a big story. So clearly you need to throw the kid out on his bottom. Just remember who this kid’s father is, buster.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in one of his breakout hits– directed by none other than Frank Capra! Doug plays a cub reporter who is desperate for a scoop. He gets it when he manages to implicate a young lady (Jobyna Ralston) in a scandalous murder. Seeing the damage he has done to innocent Jobyna, Doug sets out to catch the real killer.
Like so many Frank Capra heroes, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is a wide-eyed innocent in a cynical world. Why, of course the young lady he saw fleeing the scene of a murder is blameless! She’s crying. Would a guilty woman cry? I rest my case.
And since this is a Frank Capra film (The Power of the Press), our innocent young fellow is absolutely correct. She is innocent.
Frank Capra’s first film of many for Columbia Pictures and his trademark optimism-amongst-poverty is already in place. Viola Dana is a tenement beauty determined to marry money. Ralph Graves is a rich wastrel who meets Viola, falls for her and marries her the same night. Everything would be fine except that Ralph’s father disinherits him and Viola is back at square one. What to do? Start a business, of course! Capra’s offering delights with charming script and a brisk pace and the leads are engaging.
A variation on the popular twenties gold-digger theme in the key of Capra. The delightful Viola Dana dreams of landing a rich husband. Ralph Graves seems to be the man of her dreams but when he is disinherited, it is Viola’s entrepreneurial spirit that saves the day.
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