Alice White does a wonderful job in this picture -- she was a performer who lived the "pre code" experience in her own life. She was pushed hard at First National in the last days of silent pictures as their answer to Clara Bow, and became the target of a constant whispering campaign that she'd "slept her way to stardom." She did a few early talkies where she played the same type of brassy characters she'd played in silents, but when she started to push for more ambitious parts, Warner Bros, which had bought out First National in 1928, tried to keep her in her place by starting another innuendo campaign against her in the fan-rag press. She disappeared for a couple of years and made a comeback in supporting roles like this one -- only to end up in a new scandal in which she was beaten savagely by her lover, only for that lover to end up being beaten just as savagely himself by thugs hired by White's *new* lover. That essentially tanked her career, just as she was building up to what could have been a fine run in wisecracking-best-friend roles.
She got a raw deal every step of the way, but I'll always be an Alice White fan.
As a musician that's been "playing for pay" off and on since Nixon was President, I found "Whiplash" so traumatizing as to be just this side of torture... I watched it once with my jaw on the floor and a constant stream of cuss words coming out of my mouth... I know that "monsters" like this exist... conductors or band leaders of the Captain Bligh school but good lord do they have to? Thankfully I never had to work under one... It was so hard on me I don't think I could ever watch it again...Whiplash (2014). Great film!! Had heard good things. I can't believe it took me this long to get around to watching it!!!
Diner is one of my essentials to paraphrase a famed director whose name is on tip of my tongue this afternoon.It's pretty amazing how many in the cast went on to become successful actors/actresses with very long careers.
"The History of the World - Part 1" - In preparation for watching the new HULU series of a similar name I decided to re-watch the original. I realized halfway in that I'd only seen parts of this film over the years. Like many a Mel Brooks offering this movie could never get made today. Not as gut busting funny as "The Producers" or "Blazing Saddles" but still an enjoyable romp. The only thing that's pretty consistent with Brooks' work is that he often doesn't know how to stick the endings.. but that's a small quibble. A fun watch....