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“I’m not so sure about that Bette Davis..” Three on a Match (1932)

3 on a MatchThat was a quote from the director when speaking to the WB front office about the great turns shown by the young cast members of ‘Three on a match’. Ann Dvorak received high marks for this great showing as a socialite who tires of her lifelong place in the upper crust of virtue and society only to take the most devastating of falls to the bottom. Joan Blondell also received high marks for her role as Dvorak’s childhood friend and social opposite who soon takes her place at home and in high society. Davis, who gave a standard turn for a supporting role, didn’t earn Mr. LeRoy’s kudos… but everyone makes a mistake now and then.

I’ll admit, I didn’t expect too much out of this film and was greatly surprised. The story starts out innocently enough (as many a WB early 30’s crime drama did) and then opened a wound just to pour salt in it with a lemon juice chaser by the very riveting end. Lyle Talbot and Warren William turn in very good supporting turns along with a very early gangster cameo for Humphrey Bogart.
The 3Well paced and to the gritty point, this one is a keeper. Popcorn and absolutely no bathroom breaks.

5 Stars

A great screwball comedy… The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)

The Bride Came C.O.D.Sure it had been done once or twice before, and it was done a dozen times following… but this one is a classic on merit alone.

Davis and Cagney were the top two Warner’s actors at the time and had fought their own respective legal battles with the studio in the years prior, as well as being very good friends. This film catches them at the tops of their game, just being allowed to be silly and have fun in a movie no one really expected much out of. The formula works and though the pacing isn’t the best, hang-in because it’s worth it.
Friends at playSaturday afternoon popcorn film.

4 Stars