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|REDHEAD (director: Edward Cahn; screenwriters: from the novel Redhead by Vera Brown/Conrad Seiler/Dorothy Reid; cinematographer: André Barlatier; editor: Carl Pierson; music: Paul Sawtell; cast: June Lang (Dale Carter), Johnny Downs (Ted Brown), Eric Blore (Digby), Weldon Heyburn (Winston), Ann Chandler (Peppy), Frank Jaquet (T.H. Brown), Harry Burns (Nick Papadopoulos); Runtime: 63; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: I.E. Chadwick; Reel Enterprises; 1941)|
|"Harmless old-fashioned comedy that doesn't
translate well to modern times."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
previously filmed in 1934, with Grace
Bradley and Bruce Cabot. Edward Cahn ("The She
Creature"/"Voodoo Woman"/"Invasion of
the Saucerman"), a prolific low-budget B film filmmaker, ably directs this harmless old-fashioned comedy
that doesn't translate well to modern times. It's based on the novel by
Brown and is written by Conrad Seiler and Dorothy Reid.
Wealthy businessman T.H.
Brown (Frank Jaquet) is displeased with his wastrel playboy
son Ted (Johnny Downs) and
the last straw is his son's expensive and disgraceful drunken escapade
at a nightclub that received headlines in the local newspaper. Dad cuts
off junior's allowance and forces him to go out on his own and try to
survive. At a park, a drunken Ted meets a despondent Dale Carter (June
Lang). She's an artist's model,
who was just acquitted on murder charges and has no money to pay the
rent. Ted suggests that they soak his dad for some dough by telling
them they married and thereby get him to pay handsomely to annul the
marriage to a vulgar working-class girl. But dad refuses and instead
makes a secret bargain with Dale, that he'll pay her $10,000 if she can
make a respectable man out of Ted.
While going on their
honeymoon, the newlyweds on Dale's whim buy a rundown roadside cafe
owned by Nick Papadopoulos (Harry Burns) and
transfer to him Ted's sporty roadster. Loyal poetry spouting family
butler Digby (Eric Blore) joins the couple and helps them run the
restaurant. Ted even gets a job in the nearby steel mill, but soon
quits and reverts back to his former drunken ways. But Dale has fallen
in love with the obnoxious Ted (proving love is blind) and refuses to
abandon him and collect the check, as she tries her best to reform him.
Predictably everything works out for a pat ending.
It's pleasant enough if one doesn't have high expectations.
REVIEWED ON 2/11/2011 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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