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Thelma Todd has a fairly small, thankless role in this as a tough society dame who has the misfortune of not being nearly AS tough as headliner Clara Bow. But Bow, in her apparently-best talkie role, is riveting. In this, her penultimate film role, she demonstrates that she definitely still has IT.

The story is purely melodrama, but it is pre-code melodrama, with lots of room for implied salaciousness. Bow plays a young lady named Nasa, who has a fiery temper and a wide emotional range. By the time she’s out of finishing school, the tabloids have nicknamed her “Dynamite”, and she’s earned it. Her character arc brings her all over the map; from rich society girl, to destitute single mother prostitute, back to riches, and finally (perhaps) true happiness with the one who quietly loved her all along. Along the way, she rides horses (and men), whips rattlesnakes (and men), has knock-down drag-out fights with Thelma Todd (and men), and enjoys lots of offscreen sex with men (just men, though I gather the original novel had rather more range).

One notable historic tidbit: this film apparently contains the first not-even-coded depiction of gayness. At one point, Bow goes slumming to a cabaret with mincing waiters singing a saucy song about sailors! Like many incidents in the film, it’s hideously offensive by modern standards, but historically interesting.

I can’t say it’s a GOOD film, but I mostly enjoyed it.

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Date: 2017-03-05 01:35 am (UTC)
sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Her character arc brings her all over the map; from rich society girl, to destitute single mother prostitute, back to riches, and finally (perhaps) true happiness with the one who quietly loved her all along.

I assume this is, tragically, not Thelma Todd.

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Date: 2017-03-05 07:56 am (UTC)
sovay: (PJ Harvey: crow)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Thank you for putting the notion of a Bow/Todd romance in my head, though. It is a happy thought.

You're welcome. In lieu of that reality, please enjoy this studio portrait of Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly (on whom more here):



[edit] Oh, yikes, that came out huge. I have trouble resizing images on Dreamwidth; it can ruin the aspect ratio for no discernible reason. Well, enjoy anyway?
Edited (that was more Patsy Kelly and Thelma Todd than I was expecting) Date: 2017-03-05 07:57 am (UTC)

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Date: 2017-03-06 05:22 am (UTC)
sovay: (Cho Hakkai: intelligence)
From: [personal profile] sovay
What I just woke up from was an extended erotic dream featuring Abelard and Swamp Thing. With Bissette/Totleben artwork.

Congratulations!

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Date: 2017-03-06 01:05 am (UTC)
sovay: (PJ Harvey: crow)
From: [personal profile] sovay
And then, in the midst of a bunch of Todd/Kelly pictures, Google presented me with this...

Well, I don't think it contains other one of them, but that doesn't mean it's not pretty great.

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Date: 2017-03-07 07:37 am (UTC)
sovay: (PJ Harvey: crow)
From: [personal profile] sovay
She's a cromulent dramatic actress, but it's nothing special.

I'm glad she had a chance to do the weird stuff.

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