An odd early musical talkie, billed as the "first million dollar talkie," is an odd mix of the musical and gangster genres. Goes behind the scenes of a Broadway theatre troop that gets entangled in organized crime. Most notable for its Technicolor finale, the film is otherwise rather stilted, a stiff and strange example of a medium that wasn't quite used to sound.
The sound sections of this film are textbook examples of early sound film-making, laughably dated in many spots. The big sets and occasional flights of remarkable camera work aren't enough to salvage it. We'll see how Criterion handles it.