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Worth a look if...
dir. Alfred E. Green at Warner
with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (as Bill), Bette
Davis (as Alabama) and Frank McHugh (as Toodles)
always loathed this movie, one of her early Warner
Bros. contract obligations. Itís not a bad movie -Ė there is a pretty
substantive plot and a few funny scenes -Ė but donít watch it expecting
to see Bette Davis; sheís
little more than a dame in this picture.
Fairbanks and McHugh play marine flyers who fall on hard
times after the war and take in Bette
because Fairbanks takes a fancy to her, even though they can hardly afford
to feed themselves. Eventually they end up as unwitting participants in a
narcotics ring. You might call this an aerial gangster picture (if there
is such a thing), because it involves a reasonable quantity of flying and
shootouts. Anyway, Fairbanks is his usual charming self, McHugh
contributes more than his fair share of the comic moments, and Bette
does a good job with the little bit of personality her character is
allowed to display, but overall itís not much more than a Saturday
matinee B-picture. Watch it for a good example of why Bette
Davis walked out on Warners
three years later, complaining about the quality of her assignments, or if
youíre interested to see planes flown with a joystick and floor pedals.
Also of note: a brief scene in which McHugh raises his middle finger at a
passing car that declines to give him a ride.
Reviewed: February 27, 2000
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