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!
"Hello sweetheart. How's your sex life?" Glenda Farrell is just wonderful. The film achieves a fantastic balance between quick-fire humor, horror, and charming ingenue innocence. The striking two-color technicolor visuals that characterized Curtiz's previous movie, Doctor X, are on display here, though less consistently powerful.
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!