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. (Yes, it was shot on location.) Beautifully photographed, as is typical for a Maurice Tourneur production, and the amount of non-glamorized violence may surprise newcomers to 1910s filmmaking.Continue reading “Fun Size Review: Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915)”
I cannot improve upon the original ad: “The story of a singer who at the height of his career loses his voice through the hypnotic influence of an evil, designing rival, and later adopts the films as a means of livelihood and becomes a great star.” You know, as one does.
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 (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: