Actor, artist, cartoonist, classical composer.
A man discovers under stress that he can walk through walls, and instead of doing what you'd think he'd do, goes in a much more moral direction. It's a variable but enjoyable version of "Le Passe-Mureille" from the same year. Note, though, that this *isn't* just an English dub so much as a remake of a lot of it with Bourvil and Joan Greenwood - who spoke perfect French ~ and a few lesser English-speaking actors (in two cases, quite…
Oh, no!! We have an unfunny, momentary comedian that the zeitgeist thinks is a scream (as long as they've never seen Weber and Fields, the guys he stole his whole act from), and we have to build a movie around him! Quick! Get Durante!
Get the Three Stooges! Get SIX writers!!!
And as many nude women as we can bribe a censor to ignore!
And it works. Sort of. Well. For 66 minutes, anyway. And that's a wrap.
It's good, but one of the main problems is with the original novel. While excellent, as most of Lewis' early (and one late) novels are, Arrowsmith and his wife are drab compared to the surrounding characters; Leona is more interesting here than in the original. In fact, Helen Hayes' best scene - laying into her family and ending by demanding a smoke - isn't even *in* the book.
Max Gottlieb is a fascinating character in the novel, and A.E. Anson,…
Just a side note to the previous reviews. I agree with Walter Kerr's assessment of the frightening end of 'Battling Butler.' Keaton allows himself to be thoroughly pummeled and beaten up in the ring before he fights back; and there is something going on here that goes beyond what a normal comedy film would countenance.
Keaton did try out many of his films in front of audiences; and although 'Butler' is near enough to 'Go West' to suggest that the…