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Sep 11, 2020

RKO 1933: We look at a movie starring one of the hottest female stars of the day, Constance Bennett, George Cukor's Our Betters, and a movie starring an up-and-coming (and down, and up, and down again) RKO star, Katharine Hepburn, Lowell Sherman's Morning Glory. Elise deems both Hepburn's frantically vulnerable performance and Cukor's unsentimental sex comedy “punk rock.” We decide that Our Betters is The Women without Norma Shearer's plotline, and all the better for it. Spotted: Gilbert Roland as an hilariously laconic gigolo and Mary Duncan (Murnau's City Girl, in a very different role) as a spoiled but skilled stage star.


Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:       Morning Glory [dir: Lowell Sherman]

0h 47m 12s:       Our Betters [dir: George Cukor]


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