This is the first of three posts dedicated to the Joan Crawford Blogathon being hosted by Crystal over at In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. Tnx for letting me take part Crystal!
Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jul 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Two wealthy men make a bet about whether they can turn a common beggar into a believable aristocrat.
My Take on it – When I heard that Crystal was doing a Blogathon dedicated to Joan Crawford, I wasn’t really sure which movies to choose to review since as far as I could recall, I’d never seen any of her films and also had no clue as to which would be good and which would be a waste of time, so I just went with my gut based mostly on titles that hadn’t been chosen yet.
The premise of this film is actually one that has been tried and tried again and raises the interesting question of whether nature or nurture decides someones fate when it comes to wealth.
Like Trading Places (1983), The Prince and the Pauper (2000) or numerous other films in this kind of genre, we all know what the eventual outcome will be, but the journey there is what we are really interested in seeing.
Unfortunately, this movie moves a bit too slow and has a bunch of pretty boring lulls along the way and it’s too easy to get distracted on the way because it doesn’t hold one’s attention easy.
There is some clever dialogue thrown in that helps a bit, but the films can’t really distinguish itself in an already crowded sub-genre.
Joan Crawford was fine here, but still no where near the scene stealer her reputation suggests.
Bottom Line – This movie is yet another film that deals with the idea of nobility by birth or by nature. It moves quite slowly and it doesn’t hold attention well at all. Some clever dialogue helps the movie a bit, but in general despite an interesting thesis, the film doesn’t get far off the ground. Crawford is fine here, but no where near perfect.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was the film that got Joan Crawford labeled “box office poison” after a series of flops. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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