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Randolph Scott is his usual stiff but smiling self as Leo Vincey, the long-lost American heir to a British family legacy, sent by his estranged father to reclaim the legendary "Flame of Life," discovered five centuries ago by his explorer ancestor. Producer Merian C. Cooper, best known for directingKing Kong, changes the locale of H. Rider Haggard's classic adventure from Africa to the Arctic (which, apart from a spectacular avalanche, looks positively stagebound), but he pulls out all stops for the magnificent underground kingdom hidden in the icy mountains, complete with a cavernous throne room with vaulted ceilings and a massive staircase that would look right at home in the Ziegfeld Follies. The cruel She Who Must Be Obeyed (Helen Gahagan) is a beautiful but icy queen driven ruthless by her centuries of loneliness.

The film takes some time to get started but once She makes her impressive entrance through a mist-enshrouded arch, we're plunged into a dangerous, exotic world of strange ceremonies, human sacrifices, nefarious plots, and the gorgeous whirlwind of light that is the Flame of Life. Though the dialogue is often flat and uninspired and the performances by Scott and Gahagan rather arch (costars Nigel Bruce and Helen Mack fare much better), this grand adventure concludes with a rousing climax full of impressive set pieces and breathtaking effects.--Sean Axmaker
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review by . December 02, 2011
Great fun from1935 - She
I have been under the weather the past week nursing a really bad cold.   I have spent a lot of time under the comforter watching old movies on Netflix.   I have been watching some really old films from the 1930’s and 1940’s.  I really enjoy watching the early talkies from the 1930’s.  There is still that silent film feeling to the movie without the sophistication we have today in film which makes them fun to watch.  This afternoon I watched She …
Quick Tip by . May 09, 2010
You can say this film was the Indiana Jones of 1935, complete with lost civilizations and the quest for eternal life but misses its mark.
Quick Tip by . May 09, 2010
Producer/Director M.C. Cooper, best known for King Kong, made a flop with this one, more interested in choreography than story - pretty!
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