Monday, April 22, 2013
Connie Goes to Court
Only this film is not a simple rom-com. Things turn dark when the members of the family are involved in a murder, and Adell takes responsibility for the events. We won't go into too much detail, here, but the film turns quite dark about mid-point. The film asks us to sympathize with the murderer rather than the victim (Pre-Code, of course); the murder is even staged in such a way as to minimize your interest in the victim. In the clip below, we see a scene as the intensity increases:
Let's spend a moment discussing the costuming by Orry-Kelly. It is fantastic. At one point, Ms. Bennett is wearing a raincoat that any one of us would have worn in a minute. Also, a black dress that was to-die-for. And Ms. Bennett, always lovely, wears them well. You can get an idea from the clip, but better is to come in the film.
The film is a tad disjointed, but it is worth a look. Certainly, it is never a hardship to watch Ms. Bennett. She takes even the most mediocre script and makes it shiny.