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May 29, 2020

In this Fox 1932 episode of Studios Year by Year, Fox Film Corporation finds its voice despite behind-the-scenes upheaval, and we offer the name “humanism” for that voice. Termite art classic For Me and My Gal (Raoul Walsh), a loose and leisurely proto-screwball comedy, stars Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett as a pair of fresh-mouthed but tender-hearted working-class lovers. In Frank Borzage's After Tomorrow, an equally devoted but already engaged pair have their future threatened by selfish mothers (too attached or too detached) and ineffectual or absent fathers. Depression commentary abounds, and we find reasons to believe that Fox might give RKO competition as “the feminist studio.”


Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:          Me and My Gal (dir. Raoul Walsh)

0h 43m 07s:          After Tomorrow (dir. Frank Borzage)

1h 31m 11s:          Dave’s Complete Cahiers re-read project and listener mail!



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