90 Days of Oscar Nominees #1 – Flirtation Walk (1934)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 1st review of the 90 chosen Films…

“Great plays aren’t written, they’re rewritten. ” – Oskie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – An army private chooses to go to West Point to become an officer after being spurned by a general’s daughter.

My Take on it – This is a film that on the surface seems silly but if you pay close attention to whats really going on, it gets even more interesting.

This is a love story that is filled with lots of aspects of the screwball comedy that would become popular at the time.

They also are able to mix in a few musical numbers that work really well within the storyline.

The production of those musical numbers are quite extravagant and help keep things interesting the whole time.

The dialogue between the characters is great because it is so witty.

The verbal sparring between stars Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler are quite fun to watch.

The only problem I had with this film is that it feels a bit rushed yet still manages to work.

I also found it quite interesting to see how the bases on Pearl Harbor and West Point were perceived before the catastrophic events that eventually led to the US joining World War II just 7 years later.

The title of this film is an interesting choice because it doesn’t really fit with most of the story, but the fact that a few scenes do take place at a spot known by that name helps to make some sense as to why they chose that name for the film.

Bottom Line – Fun film that feels a bit rushed but still works. The music is great along with the production of the songs and the dialogue helps keep things interesting the whole time. The verbal debates between Powell and Keeler are quite interesting to watch.  Quite interesting to see how Pearl Harbor and West Point were viewed prior to the events that brought the US into World War II. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bobby Connolly shot the Hawaiian number on the biggest set ever constructed at Warner Bros. studio up to that time. He followed with the military wedding number, using 400 professional dancers. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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One thought on “90 Days of Oscar Nominees #1 – Flirtation Walk (1934)

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