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Monday, March 30, 2015

Cafe Metropole (1937)

After writing a bad check, a penniless American (Tyrone Power) is blackmailed by a conniving restaurant owner (Adolphe Menjou) into posing as a Russian prince and wooing a rich American heiress (Loretta Young) for her money. Romantic comedies were quite plentiful in the 1930s and this charming confection is a one of the better ones. Comedy was never Power's forte and he's a little unsure of himself here but he's a winning presence and he and Young make for a fetching couple. But it's the supporting cast that gives the movie its extra edge. Menjou makes for a perfect scoundrel playing one person against the other and always coming out smelling like a rose. Plus there's Gregory Ratoff's penniless but still imperious Russian aristocrat, Charles Winninger's befuddled millionaire and Helen Westley as his wise cracking sister. If you have a penchant for 30s screwball comedies, this should be right up your alley. Directed by Edward H. Griffith. 

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