Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fog over Frisco 1934

     Arlene Bradford lives with her stepfather and her stepsister in San Francisco.  Arlene is a spoiled, bored, wealthy socialite.  She finances her lifestyle by using her fiancé Spencer Carlton’s access to her stepfather’s brokerage firm.  She also uses her connections to steal security bonds for a crime boss.  Arlene disappears and her stepsister Val tries to discover what happened to her.  Society reporter Tony Sterling and photojournalist Izzy Wright try to help her to solve the case.
     Arlene is a brat and she doesn’t care!!  Her stepfather pressures her to change her ways and he’s supported by her fiancé Spencer.  She may be too much for all of them?  Why should she change her ways when she’s using people and having a lot of fun doing this?  I thought it was interesting to see the city of San Francisco in this time period, the clothing, hairstyles and the cars.  A lot of modes of transportation are used including cars, seaplanes, motorcycles, cable cars, trains and several different types of boats.  Bette Davis has blond hair and I haven’t seen her in other films with light hair?  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

68 min, Crime directed by William Dieterie with Bette Davis, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay, Lyle Talbot, Hugh Herbert, Arthur Byron, Robert Barrat, Henry O-Neill, Irving Pichel, Douglass Dumbrille, Alan Hale.

Note:  Imdb 7.1 out of 10, 27% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.4* out of 5* with 9 reviews, TCM Leonard Maltin 2.5* out of 4*.
Special Note:  Comments about this film after release , "the fastest film ever made and ruddy thriller."

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