CRIMSON PLAYGOER

Roland Young, Miss Tobin, and Ralph Forbes Put Eternal Triangle into Racy "Pleasure Cruise"

The radiant Miss Tobin, the subtle Roland Young, the dashing Mr. Ralph Forbes combine in "Pleasure Cruise" to form a travelogue version of the eternal triangle. The variations on the theme are original in the highest degree, in fact there is at one point some uncertainty as to whether Miss Tobin or Mr. Young is taking the female corner of the situation. The latter's excessive skill at basting a ham and doing the housework while his wife works at the office, casts a shadow over his little menage which threatens to darken it forever. However, by devious remedies, his cuckolding is averted and his manliness reaffirmed in the end. Genevieve Tobin, as the lovely woman who stooped to what she thought was folly, is very good indeed, uniting to those charms with which she was endowed at birth, a certain undeniable talent for carrying off the comic situation. As for the story itself, it demonstrates that while the comedy of intrigue is not necessarily heavy-handed or vulgar in the movies, it is a very different genre from what goes under the name on the stage. "Pleasure Cruise" goes some way towards being a happy resolution of the difference; it has the scenic and technical advantages of the photoplay, without losing the grace and quiet effectiveness of the legitimate type.

Whereas "Pleasure Cruise" makes few pretensions and succeeds very well, "Gabriel Over the White House" starts with all manner of ambitions and dithers to an ineffectual and sentimental close. Its merit is mainly in its technical and intellectual innovations; its conclusions are barely worth attention.