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Jul 24, 2020

MGM, 1933. Two very different movies: Penthouse, a crime drama and romantic comedy directed by W. S. “One-Take Woody” Van Dyke, and King Vidor's hard-to-find The Stranger's Return, an agrarian family melodrama reputed to have been Ozu's favourite movie. Myrna Loy, as an unflappable and lovable party girl, with her Thin Man director and producer for the first time, and an uncharacteristically relaxed Miriam Hopkins as a city girl who becomes the actual and spiritual heir of Lionel Barrymore's estate. This time Elise manages to talk to about Jane Austen and not Henry James, so she apologizes if she ruined your drinking game.


Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:       Penthouse (dir. W.S. Van Dyke)

0h 36m 01s:       The Stranger’s Return (dir. King Vidor)

1h 27m 06s:       Elise Goes Wilder III


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