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A Slight Case Of Murder (1938) Review


Excellent
Edward G. Robinson hadn't become a caricature by 1938, yet he had already figured out how to ham up his Little Caesar gangster persona. Here we have Robinson in one of his greatest roles ever, satirizing himself in the post-Prohibition era as he tries to figure out how a bootlegger should go straight. Referring to himself in the third person, he contends with his daughter marrying a cop, "legit" beer that tastes terrible (no one dares to tell him the truth), and old enemies who tend to die in his home. What to do? Forget the machinations of the plot. Robinson isn't even trying that hard and he comes off as utterly hysterical.

Going Places (1938) Review


Very Good
Cute flick has Dick Powell and Anita Louise in a mistaken-identity comedy common of the era, with Ronald Reagan and Louis Armstrong turning in supporting roles! Powell is a salesman who impersonates a famous horseman in order to sell more clothes at a steeplechase, only for Louise to become instantly smitten. Throw in a crazed horse that can only be tamed by the song "Jeepers Creepers" (which was originally written for this movie), and you've got a kooky -- though ultimately much too screwball -- good time.
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