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The Bank Dick Review


Excellent
W.C. Fields, writing as "Mahatma Kane Jeeves" (say it aloud) had full creative control over The Bank Dick, widely regarded as his finest film. As Egbert Souse (pronounced Soo-SAY, of course), Fields plays his typically hapless schlub who foils a bank robbery (through no fault of his own) and ends up being given a job there as a reward. Wacky hijinks ensue, with some of the best one-liners in Fields' career herein. Excellent.

The Good Earth Review


Very Good
Imagine the uproar if The Good Earth had been made recently. Hell, people cried foul of Memoirs of a Geisha because it used Chinese actors to play Japanese roles. The Good Earth's stars were born in California and Germany.

Shockingly, surprisingly, stars Paul Muni and Luise Rainer pull it off. He's Wang Lung, a simple Chinese farmer. She's O-Lan, his even more simple wife. This adaptation of the Pearl Buck novel has the pair surviving through an epic struggle against poverty and nature, building their farm up from nothing (with O-Lan helping to bring in the harvest the night before she gives birth), then losing everything, slumming on the streets of the city, finding a cache of jewels during a riot, building it all up again, and facing a family crisis when Wang Lung decides to buy a second, younger wife. Hey, it's old world China. In the end, our heroes have to do battle against a plague of locusts. Locusts!

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The Bank Dick Review


Excellent
W.C. Fields, writing as "Mahatma Kane Jeeves" (say it aloud) had full creative control over The Bank Dick, widely regarded as his finest film. As Egbert Souse (pronounced Soo-SAY, of course), Fields plays his typically hapless schlub who foils a bank robbery (through no fault of his own) and ends up being given a job there as a reward. Wacky hijinks ensue, with some of the best one-liners in Fields' career herein. Excellent.

Camille Review


Weak
Dreadfully boring romance "classic" has Garbo as a 1847's French courtesan, trapped in a loveless relationship with a rich man while forsaking her younger, hotter lover. Cliched and endless, and while it was probably original in 1937, the novelty of the film is far from assured today. Desperately overacted by Garbo, many claim Camille is her best work. Sorry, I'll stick with Grand Hotel.

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