Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Condemned! (1929)

Academy Awards, USA 1930

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Ronald Colman

United Artists
Directed by Wesley Ruggles
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Ronald Colman is sent to a sweltering South American prison run by a sadistic warden. His debonair manner and non-violent record get him selected to be the warden's house servant. He treats his wife Ann Harding as badly as the prisoners, and it doesn't take long for her to fall in love with Colman. He is sent to solitary confinement but manages to escape, plotting to meet up with Harding on an ocean liner. Stilted acting leftover from the silents is compensated by vivid atmosphere from art director William Cameron Menzies and cinematographer Gregg Toland.

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