September 1940: Up in the Air

Up in the Air. Howard Bretherton. 1940.

This is the first film from the 25 DVD/50 movie musicals box I’ve seen. I was expecting horrid audio and video quality, but this isn’t so bad… the sound is a bit scratchy.

It a very simple (presumably low-budget) film about musical film-makers favourite subject: Performers putting on a show.

Some parts are probably somewhat offensive, like the very er “naive” black guy and the blackface bits. On the other hand, there’s a black guy in here (and in a major role), which makes a change.

Hm… Oh! This is one of seven films in this genre featuring two main characters called Frankie and Jeff, played by Frankie Darro and Mantan Moreland, but it’s not a series as such…

This is an enjoyable, brief little film, but it’s not exactly… good, either.

Popular movies in September 1940 according to IMDB:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
sc-tt0032324.jpg 1161 7.6 Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum
sc-tt0033253.jpg 3787 7.5 The Westerner
sc-tt0032342.jpg 1656 7.3 City for Conquest
sc-tt0033110.jpg 1022 7.0 Strike Up the Band
sc-tt0033144.jpg 443 6.9 That Gang of Mine
sc-tt0032596.jpg 279 6.8 Hired Wife
sc-tt0033095.jpg 212 6.8 Spring Parade
sc-tt0032414.jpg 220 6.5 Dr. Kildare Goes Home
sc-tt0032846.jpg 625 6.4 No Time for Comedy
sc-tt0032612.jpg 836 6.2 The Howards of Virginia

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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