Directed by William A. Wellman
Screenplay by Hope Loring and Louis D. Lighton, with titles by Julian Johnson
Watched on 27th January 2013
I bought this after seeing a documentary about Clara Bow last month, and she definitely lived up to my expectations. She’s an incredibly watchable actor, not to mention utterly gorgeous.
The film itself is also very impressive, especially the aerial battle scenes which feel genuinely perilous. I can see why it won the very first Academy Award for Best Picture in 1928 - well, technically ‘Outstanding Picture’, with the wonderful Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans winning in the ‘Unique and Artistic Production’ category.
The story slips into mild schmaltz towards the end, but for the most part I enjoyed it a great deal. I recommend it, especially the beautiful restoration available on region-free blu-ray from Paramount.
Any recommendations for more Clara Bow films would be much appreciated. My ask box is always open.