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5.0 out of 5 stars Look For Dorothy Mackill, 4 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Bright Lights/The Reckless Hour: Dorothy Mackaill Pre-Code Double Feature [DVD] [1931] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
These films are very much of their period. While more interesting that most after the code flicks .And if you like this old stuff. You will certainly enjoy these. However if you have any interest in cinema at all. And those who made the movies great. Watch this women Dorothy Mackill. Because she had 'IT' - in spades.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Code double from a forgotten star, 24 Nov 2013
This review is from: Bright Lights/The Reckless Hour: Dorothy Mackaill Pre-Code Double Feature [DVD] [1931] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Recently Dorothy MacKaill, the English born actress who found fame in Hollywood's pre-code days, has enjoyed a revival thanks to several of her films being given a fresh reappraisal. Here's a double bill in Warner Bros. Archive series, both beautifully restored and probably looking as good as they ever did.

The first, "Bright Lights" (also known as the more irrelevantly titled Adventures In Africa), tells how a dance hall girl's marriage plans to a millionaire are shattered by a man from her past and murder. Directed by Michael Curtiz, soon to become one of Hollywood's finest, the film is filled with bizarre, and sometimes erotic, musical numbers. The second, "The Reckless Hour", is the more racy of the two with situations unspoken but clearly hinted, reveals Ms. MacKaill as a good time girl who not only ruins her own life but also wipes out the wealth of her family. Fortunately redemption comes before the climax. The film also features an early screen appearance by Joan Blundell as the innocent, clean living sister.

Dorothy MacKaill turns in fine performances in both films which, if released after Hays Code came into force, would have been seriously censored or, perhaps, even banned. A good introduction to this hitherto forgotten actress, with "Safe In Hell" as her best known film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bright Lights/Reckless Hour, 23 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Bright Lights/The Reckless Hour: Dorothy Mackaill Pre-Code Double Feature [DVD] [1931] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I bought these films because they are Pre-Code.The star Dorothy Mackaill was an english actress,she was a big star of the early sound period.These films are typical of her style. She retired from films in the late 30's to look after her ailing mother and spent the rest of her days in Hawaii. If you are a fan of Pre-Code films then these are for you.
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