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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 #20 on: September 13, 2015, 12:11:59 PM »
Here Comes the Navy (1934)
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I've seen a dozen Cagney performances earlier than this, but he plays like still-unmolded clay. Not yet in command of his voice, a bit stiff in his gestures, you can easily spot the bits of improv. It's all good, but far from seamless. He's supported by his Irish mafia right and left hands, Pat O'Brien and Frank McHugh. With the cast and the paint-by-numbers story I thought perhaps I had seen the film before. Though nominated for Best Picture, there's nothing memorable about it. Not bad, but more for completionists.
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd
« Reply #21 on: September 14, 2015, 01:51:22 PM »
I literally just now caught Affectionately Yours on TCM. It's a fun screwball comedy, but the echoes of His Girl Friday (released the previous year) are hard to shake. The protagonist (Dennis Morgan as a newspaper reporter) cooks up a series of zany schemes to try to save his marriage; his rival is played by Ralph Bellamy.
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd
« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2015, 10:09:03 PM »
I wonder how many films back then were using this formula. Four's a Crowd stars Rosalind Russell as a tough, fast-talking reporter seduced into going against her better judgement by her suave former boss. (Errol Flynn, who fills Cary Grants shoes easily.) Torrid Zone uses a similar formula with James Cagney and Ann Sheridan.
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd
« Reply #23 on: September 15, 2015, 05:22:21 PM »
To be honest, I doubt it would've occurred to me without the presence of Ralph Bellamy. But with him in basically the same role, I couldn't stop thinking about the parallels.
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd
« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2015, 09:13:00 PM »
Ralph Bellamy was the Bill Pullman of his day. (And I realize that reference is about 20 years old but I can't think of a contemporary who fits the part.)
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd
« Reply #25 on: September 15, 2015, 11:30:46 PM »
They both played presidents!
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd
« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2016, 01:26:25 PM »
1. Kill the Umpire (3)
2. 42nd Street (2)
3. It Happens Every Spring (2)
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd
« Reply #27 on: March 29, 2016, 02:07:02 PM »
Footlight Parade > 42nd Street

The musical numbers are off the charts crazy and it has James Cagney speaking faster than His Girl Friday.
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Re: Bacon, Lloyd
« Reply #28 on: July 10, 2017, 12:30:15 PM »
I just did a double-take when I saw that more than half of all voters haven't seen a Lloyd Bacon film.

1SO, did you review The Fighting Sullivans?

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Bacon, Lloyd
« Reply #29 on: July 10, 2017, 01:19:18 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.
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