The Matinee Idol

"Weak"

The Matinee Idol Review


"Lost" silent film from Frank Capra, this behind-the-scenes-at-Vaudeville drama is straightforward and quickly forgotten (maybe that's why they lost it). Too bad for Capra this story had been told a year earlier and with far more soul in The Jazz Singer (the protagonists are both even blackface performers). Interesting concept, though: Take a sad performing troupe and put it on Broadway to be laughed at. The subtext, though, is the usual romance, all loose ends tied up neatly within an hour.


The Matinee Idol

Facts and Figures

Run time: 66 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 14th March 1928

Production compaines: Columbia Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

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Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Ginger Bolivar, as Don Wilson - aka Harry Mann, as Arnold Wingate, as Jasper Bolivar


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