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Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Myrna Loy’s glam looks are about the only thing that’s holding up by the fifth (penultimate) episode in the beloved detective series. With original director & co-scripters gone, M-G-M downgraded most of the elements to just above ‘B’ status with a lusterless supporting cast and a unimaginative production on the barely redressed backlot small-town set. (You keep expecting Andy Hardy ’s family to stroll by.) Fortunately, William Powell & Loy manage to retain most of their charm & chemistry needing none of the corny camera tricks that belittle poor Asta. Things pick up near the end with some actual detective work & a smarty-pants self-referential drawing room denouement. (For some real entertainment, don't miss the classic Tex Avery ‘Screwy Squirrel’ short hiding in the extra features.)

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