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What's your favorite film by Lloyd Bacon?

Moby Dick
0 (0%)
42nd Street
5 (22.7%)
Picture Snatcher
0 (0%)
Footlight Parade
2 (9.1%)
Wonder Bar
0 (0%)
He Was Her Man
0 (0%)
Here Comes the Navy
0 (0%)
The Irish in Us
0 (0%)
Frisco Kid
0 (0%)
Cain and Mabel
0 (0%)
Gold Diggers of 1937
0 (0%)
Marked Woman
0 (0%)
Ever Since Eve
0 (0%)
San Quentin
0 (0%)
A Slight Case of Murder
0 (0%)
Racket Busters
0 (0%)
Boy Meets Girl
0 (0%)
The Oklahoma Kid
0 (0%)
Invisible Stripes
0 (0%)
Brother Orchid
0 (0%)
Knute Rockne All American
0 (0%)
Footsteps in the Dark
0 (0%)
Affectionately Yours
0 (0%)
Larceny, Inc.
0 (0%)
Action in the North Atlantic
2 (9.1%)
The Fighting Sullivans
1 (4.5%)
It Happens Every Spring
0 (0%)
Miss Grant Takes Richmond
0 (0%)
Kill the Umpire
0 (0%)
The Fuller Brush Girl
0 (0%)
The Frogmen
0 (0%)
The French Line
0 (0%)
She Couldn't Say No
0 (0%)
other
0 (0%)
Haven't seen any
12 (54.5%)
Don't like any
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 22

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Re: Bacon, Lloyd
« Reply #30 on: July 10, 2017, 02:25:59 PM »
I didn't. I didn't want to start a debate with Antares over a film I didn't have much of an opinion on, especially when I had watched the more propaganda-slanted war film Action in the North Atlantic just a couple of days earlier. It's more Hollywood, but also a lot more fun to watch and rewatch.

The Fighting Sullivans held up for me on rewatch (a couple years ago). The pleasant Americana of the first half was a little more episodic than I remembered (to its detriment), but Thomas Mitchell's long glance near the end still broke my heart. I still haven't seen Action in the North Atlantic, despite my best intentions.

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Re: Bacon, Lloyd
« Reply #31 on: July 10, 2017, 10:45:32 PM »
I just did a double-take when I saw that more than half of all voters haven't seen a Lloyd Bacon film.
That may not be accurate. Some people may not realize he directed 42nd Street and Footlight Parade because the musical sequences were directed by Busby Berkeley. Next on his list for popularity (and greatness) is Action in the North Atlantic, but again it has co-directors (Byron Haskin, Raoul Walsh), which works against any attempt to establish him as an auteur. My Top 3 where he has sole credit are Larceny Inc., Footsteps in the Dark and Cain and Mabel. All are hugely enjoyable, but they don't even combine to create a distinct sense of style



I have had some experience with Lloyd Bacon before, and I've always found his films to be good, but never great. His is a workmanlike style which assures entertainment, but basically guarantees a lack of greatness.

Too true. I've seen so many of his films because he made 57 features for Warner Bros. from 1930 to 1943. I've seen 26 of them and will probably watch the rest in my lifetime. He's made 9 films with Cagney, 7 with Bogart, 10 with Pat O'Brien, 6 with Dick Powell, 8 with Joan Blondell and 3 with Edward G. Robinson.



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Re: Bacon, Lloyd
« Reply #32 on: July 11, 2017, 07:03:16 AM »
I'm not averse to continuing to see his movies, but they also won't get me excited anymore.
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd - Director's Best
« Reply #33 on: September 02, 2018, 01:15:58 PM »
It Happens Every Spring (1949)
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I understand people calling Ray Milland a lightweight Cary Grant. Their basic charms come from the same well, but it's like saying there's little difference between Bogart, Cagney, Robinson and Raft. Each has their own nuances and I find all of them entertaining. This baseball film teams Milland up with Paul Douglas, another actor I always enjoy. There's a one-joke idea of a tonic that makes baseball resistant to wood, and that Disney-esque premise is as deep as the writers go. The film's rarely funny because it rarely tries for a joke. Even the baseball gag nearly drops away. What's left are a lot of interesting avenues that could have been explored, but the film just drives by them to the end credits.
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd
« Reply #34 on: April 07, 2019, 11:45:45 PM »
Charley's Aunt (1941)
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Greatly exceeding my expectations, this is a terrific screwball farce starring Jack Benny in a Mrs. Doubtfire type situation. For once, the comedy in a Lloyd Bacon film is expertly directed and framed. I thought Benny dressed up as an old woman would wear thin quickly, but it turns out to be a perfect part for the droll, vein comedian, who's really only able to play his stage persona. Courting him her are Edmund Gwenn (Santa in Miracle on 34th St) and Noir giant Laird Cregar. Also stars Kay Francis (as the real Aunt), Anne Baxter, Reginald Owen (Mary Poppins) and Richard Haydn (Ball of Fire, Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland). With a plot that keeps folding in on itself, so much so I had to pay attention to remember everyone's goals, this is the Screwball Comedy from right below the top of the shelf, and I thought there wasn't anything left up there for me to Discover.
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