A funny Tom Keene western going all over the place. Starts in a old western town, then World War 1, where he hooks up with his sidekick Edgar Kennedy, before returning to old grounds. And since Kennedy was thrown in there, they had to deliver a slapstick number for him to rule, so out of nowhere came a boxing match. As a result he starts driving a taxi in the small town as Keene tries to clear some old pals framed for murder old west style. Felt like just random ideas thrown together. Didn't stop it from being enjoyable.
Robert Rendel returns after years in jail for a crime he was framed. The family has moved up in life since he departure, so he has to pose as a uncle to be allowed tp stay at the now snobbish family so to not cramp their style. James Mason plays the son and gives this quota quickie some star-power without that helping the excitement much. It's a gentle well-meaning story, but I felt it failed in the way it ended. Twice Branded (1936) indeed.
"Cricket, sir. Cricket!"
This is one of the funnier Alfred Hitchcock films and up there with The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and The 39 Steps (1935) as Hitchcock's best British work of the 30s. The pacing so different. Taking it's time for a seemingly irrelevant opening portion other then to get to know some of the people and get entertained with slapstick and naughtiness before the suspense elements slowly starts taking over when the train start rolling. And…
I never thought such a wonderfully rude romance story could have me in tears because of it's underlying sweetness!
The dialogue was incredible! I guess that's down to George Bernard Shaw who wrote the play. It escapes all the clichés to reach it's clichés and feels so much more rewarding then your average screwball farce because they actually do get under each others skin!
And this is another time when Leslie Howard takes my breath away. From being a actor…