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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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Bacon, Lloyd
« on: November 12, 2010, 01:01:58 PM »
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd - Director's Best
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2010, 01:02:22 PM »
1. 42nd Street
2. Footlight Parade
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd - Director's Best
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2010, 01:11:30 PM »
Close call between 42nd Street and The Sullivans. I'll say the latter, since I've seen it more recently.

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Re: Bacon, Lloyd - Director's Best
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2010, 01:12:49 PM »
Haven't seen any

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Re: Bacon, Lloyd - Director's Best
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2010, 01:36:09 PM »
1. 42nd Street
2. Footlight Parade

They're both pretty great.
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd - Director's Best
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2013, 11:03:34 AM »
Action in the North Atlantic

The Fighting Sullivans
Brother Orchid
Invisible Stripes
Knute Rockne All American
Larceny, Inc.
A Slight Case of Murder
It Happens Every Spring
Picture Snatcher


San Quentin
The Oklahoma Kid
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd - Director's Best
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2013, 11:32:38 AM »
Action in the North Atlantic is already in my Watchlist. Adding The Fighting Sullivans, unless you suggest I don't.
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd - Director's Best
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2013, 11:59:29 AM »
Adding The Fighting Sullivans, unless you suggest I don't.

It's a good film, but not great.

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Re: Bacon, Lloyd - Director's Best
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2013, 05:55:12 PM »
1. 42nd Street 3/5
2. Knute Rockne All American 3/5

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Re: Bacon, Lloyd - Director's Best
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2013, 12:47:37 AM »
Action in the North Atlantic
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At its worst, this is a more blatant military recruiting film than Top Gun. It doesn't glamorize the Navy, but a good hunk of scenes are of the type you might find in "So You Want to Help the War Effort". Nothing gets overlooked: a smackdown to a civilian with loose lips bragging about ships he saw leaving the harbor, the noble wives who can't even write to their husbands, and a big wet raspberry for Adolph. I get it's importance back then, but now it comes off as dramatic padding, although an interesting footnote in history.

Aside from that, this is a pretty rip-roaring action adventure with a fair amount of revenge. The action scenes feature the usual mix of closeups, stock footage and toy models in bathtubs but every now and then there's the kind of awesome visual touch you only find nowadays because of the abilities of CGI. The murky waters reveal a dangerous pack of submarines. A pilot is shot in the face. (Can they show that?) A sailor surfaces only to get blasted from behind with a burst of fire. A downed plane flies right into a ship. There's plenty of "Holy Cow!" in the action scenes, which are lengthy in the 2nd half.

With all this excitement, Humphrey Bogart becomes a side character, though he gets the kind of hero shot I didn't think they knew about back then. He marches down a corridor while the camera pulls back, keeping him framed low. He's never looked more like a cinema God. Also, while there's a lot of action on board the German submarines, none of it is subtitled. You have to follow based on inflection. A pretty bold choice. I don't think I've seen another film from the 1940s that does that.
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