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Aug 21, 2020

Fox, 1933: we watch a couple of movies that complicate Ethan Mordden's characterization of Fox as “The Rube,” Henry King's State Fair and William (billed as Wilhelm) Dieterle's The Devil's in Love (both beautifully shot by Hal Mohr). The first is a sophisticated movie about simple people that doesn't make fun of them or take unsophistication as its ideal, while the second is Fox's attempt at a Sternberg movie, a Foreign Legion quadrangle with a strange climactic twist. Find out how Fox makes pre-Codes (from farm boys losing their virginity to carefree female carnies to how to take Will Rogers' mind off a hog). Also: an inadvertent Victor Jory double-feature!

Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:       State Fair [dir. Henry King]

0h 52m 20s:       The Devil’s in Love [dir. William Dieterle]



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