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Apr 9, 2021

Our Universal 1935 Studios Year by Year episode examines two movies about the shenanigans of the idle rich, but that's where the resemblance ends. James Whale's Remember Last Night? (1935) is a Thin Man parody heavy on the class satire and absurdism, while Lowell Sherman's swan song, Night Life of the Gods, is about a wealthy scientist who discovers how to turn his straitlaced family into statues and brings a museum's statues of Roman gods to life.  Also, for no reason at all, his love interest is a 900-year-old fairy. And yet, somehow the funniest thing in the movie is a fish-slapping vaudeville set piece. They can't all be winners, but people getting hit always brings joy. 


Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:                  REMEMBER LAST NIGHT? (dir. James Whale)

0h 35m 33s:                 NIGHT LIFE OF THE GODS (dir. Lowell Sherman)


Review paragraphs fromThe Universal Story by Clive Hirschhorn



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