April 15, 2009

The Cat's-Paw

Title: The Cat's-Paw
Year: 1934
Director: Sam Taylor
Writer: Sam Taylor, story by Clarence Budington Kelland
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Una Merkel, George Barbier
Music: Alfred Newman
Synopsis: a naive but clever man raised in China becomes mayor of a corrupt American town
How I saw it: “The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection: Vol. 1″ (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for cinematography, special effects/design and music) c. 2.6/4 (Good).

This was completely unexpected. It's more like a 1980's movie than something you'd expect to be made by a silent film star. The humor is situational or verbal (including some Muppet-worthy puns), not physical. What's even more surprising, it was actually a good movie. If they'd cast a "talkie" star in it, it would probably be considered a classic today.

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