THUNDERBOLT( 1929 )

FERNANDO’s CORNER ~ Posted September 1st, 2016

 

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I watched Josef Von Sternberg’sThunderbolt” (1929) which stars George Bancroft as the title character, a dangerous gangster. Bancroft was really big back then and was also a very good actor; I wonder why he did not maintain his popularity, like say Wally Beery, who had a similar screen persona for a while (I think of “Beggars of Life” and Bancroft could well have played Beery’s role).

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Fay Wray is very good as this gangster’s moll who wants to go straight and share a life with nice guy Dick Arlen (very good as well). Noteworthy performances by Eugenie Besserrer who gives a most sincere portrayal as Arlen’s mother, especially in one scene in which she scolds him for spilling some medicine on the bathroom’s floor (a superb and most honest scene; incredibly so- “you are nothing but a big baby” she tells him) and Tully Marshall as the grumpy, grouchy Prison Warden who befriends Bancroft; he’s a hoot.

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In spite that this is a very early talkie and sometimes gets a little bit over-talky and slow, it is definitely one of the best very early Paramounts I have seen, and that’s thanks to Von Sternberg. Theresa Harris appears in one nightclub scene, singing “Daddy Won’t You Please Come Home” and she’s great!

 

 

 

[   “BEGGARS OF LIFE” ( 1928 )   ]  [   “THE SECRET CALL” ( 1931 )  ]
[  “TOUCHDOWN!” ( 1931 )  ]

 

 

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