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Great fun from1935 - She

  • Dec 2, 2011
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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 from 1935.  I saw the 1965 version of this movie many years ago on late night TV.  It starred Ursula Andress and Peter Cushing.  I remember thinking it was a great deal of fun at the time.  I had no idea that the original be even more fun to watch.    The 1935 version stars  Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott, Helen Mack, and Nigel Bruce.    The story is pure fantasy with Randolph Scott  searching for the Flame of Life in the Arctic and falling under the spell of its guardian the queen who is know as She Who Must Be Obeyed.   The credits say from the producers of King Kong.  And you can see some of the sets from the original King Kong being used in this movie.  What stands out most is the large gates that were used to hold Kong back on his island home in the tropics.  The show up once more as the gates to the kingdom in this land in the artic.  The large drums from the jungle scene in Kong as seen and played again at the gates in this movie also.    The acting is not great by todays standards but for being a transitional from from the silent films to the talkies its fun to see the progression of the actors from one period to the next.   There is no giant ape in this film to be the monster.  Instead the real monster is the sexual desire of She Who Must Be Obeyed.    Strong stuff for the 1930’s.  I read that the costumes and character of She were the inspiration for the evil queen in Snow White.  Looking at it now I can see the inspiration.  This was a lot of fun to watch.  If your stuck in the house with a bad cold, or its just one of those rainy Saturdays, this movie is fun choice to pass some time.   


 

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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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