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2017-01-11 03:33 am (UTC)
And her job makes the issue of visible/invisible work splendidly literal -- she puts in what we're shown as rather gruelling physical work in order to then step out of the way and be replaced by the immaculate image of the star.
Yes. It's right there in the title, but seeing Joan Blondell being swapped out for Marla Shelton (which feels like a joke in itself, because I've otherwise never heard of her) makes a difference.
His breathless little hand-to-mouth gesture after they kiss is a joy. He looks so wasted (and not just because of having recently been trampled by a large crowd).
I've liked Leslie Howard in just about everything I've ever seen him in—he was one of the first actors I followed seriously across movies, looking at personae and projects—and I've written about some of my other favorites, but I really love him as Atterbury Dodd, because he never stops being an enormous nerd in the process of becoming a hero. He's also the kind of enormous nerd I believe in. I get picky about smarts on screen.
Also I love the fact that she EMPTIES THE ASHTRAY FOR HIM, and it's that which prompts the wonderstruck "Oh, Miss Plum . . . I'm sure we're going to be very happy" in the last moment of the film.
Yes! They are adorable.
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