Dorothy Mackaill Pre-Code Double Feature: Bright Lights (Adventures in Africa) (1930), The Reckless Hour (1931) DVD9
A highly successful silent screen star, Mackaill made a number of talkies before being rudely dropped when Warner Bros. cleaned house during its merger with First National Pictures. This is a shame, because Ms. Mackaill had a natural delivery that would have adapted well to Warners' house style.

Once nearly forgotten, now dearly rediscovered, Dorothy Mackaill's work is in the midst of a well deserved renaissance.

Bright Lights is a full-scale backstage Broadway musical, while The Reckless Hour forces Mackaill into a rather stiff morality play with few surprises.

Both films express attitudes (and ideas of what might titillate an audience) in a culture decidedly different from our own. Want to understand the era that saw the Roaring Twenties merge into the anything-goes Depression years? Movies like this aren't a bad place to start.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:08:25 + 01:11:09 | 7.54 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Musical, Drama, Romance

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