A movie about the movies, this film follows Doris Kenyon as she attempts to break into the New Jersey film industry—and is tempted by Robert Warwick to enter a life of sin! Oh my!
Robert Warwick stars in this biopic of Nathan Hale, which boasts a screenplay by a very young Frances Marion. There are powdered wigs and heroic poses in abundance but, lest things get too stodgy, there are also a surprising number of spicy title cards. Oo-la-la!
Jimmy Valentine cracks safes for a living. He’s good at it. He likes it. However, the law takes a different view and it’s off to Sing Sing. Valentine talks his way out of prison by pretending to be honest… and then discovers that he enjoys the honest life! Unfortunately, the law has not forgotten him. Beautifully photographed but the plot often veers in odd directions. Surprisingly violent. Well-made but not a masterpiece.
[toggler title=”How does it end? (click here for a spoiler)” ]Jimmy uses his safecracking skills to save a kid and the law is so impressed that he is let off the hook, free to marry his lady fair.[/toggler]
If it were a dessert it would be:
Vanilla Macarons with a Dark Chocolate Filling. Dainty exterior with a rather dark center.
Read my full-length review here.
Jimmy Valentine (Robert Warwick) belongs to a gang of bank-robbers– his job is to crack safes and he is the best in the business. After a stint in Sing Sing, however, Jimmy sees the error of his ways and decides to live an honest life. However, his old nemesis Doyle (Robert Cummings), a surly detective, has a chance to haul Jimmy in on an old charge. Will Jimmy’s life of honesty go to waste? Or will he be able to bluff his way to freedom?
Before I get started, I think a little background is in order. Hopalong Cassidy holds a special place in my family. You see, as a kid, my mom had this: