How do I like this film ! It was released in 1933 but it has a so quick pace that it seems to have been shot 20 years later. When you hear Fay Wray shouting to a policeman : "Hey, how's your sex life", you understand in a second that you're still in that blessed pre-code Hays period that produced so many great movies just before Hollywood lapsed into a 35 years coma. Masterpiece.
Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray’s second teaming with director Michael Curtiz is not nearly as fun as their first, the horror classic ‘Doctor X’, but its a decent, if routine, old-fashioned mystery helped along considerably by the presence of Glenda Farrell as a plucky gal reporter. Classic horror fans may find it entertaining enough, but not all that memorable.
I love Glenda Farrell. She's a blonde Lois Lane in embryonic form. I love her wise-cracks and flagrant disregard of society. I love how she steals the show completely from "Kong-cubine", Fay Wray! The sets by Anton Grot are a knock-out ... as is the pulpy, lurid subject matter that seems like something out of a '30's WEIRD TALES magazine! The hazy ethereal 2-Strip Technicolor is icing on the cake!
2.5 Splendid sets and strange (unintentional) color effects make this worthwhile. The acting lacks any depth - it's either fast talking and wise-cracking (mainly by Glenda Farrell) or overdramatic attitudes by almost everybody else. The first and then the last ten minutes are best.
Great little horror. A bit like Scarface meets Doctor X, as the former's city slickers and gangsters are paired with the two strip Technicolor and gothic feel of the latter. A formidable pre-Code entry, recommended for fans of scream queen Fay Wray and Glenda Farrell, who essentially steals the show. 4 stars
Astonishing film....scary, funny, intricate...with those killer Expressionist sets and that warm, creepy two-color Technicolor. Interesting to see a horror film set among the "snappy" Warner Bros urban landscape of dames and gangsters. All this and Glenda Farrell too!