The Crimson Playgoer
"Father Brown, Detective" Plus "Lives of a Bengal Lancer" Makes Up An Excellent Bill
A better bill than now graces the University screen would be difficult to demand of any two feature movie programs. "The Lives of a Bengal Lancer" has been justly praised for its spectacular melodrama, picturesquely framed against the forbidding north Indian mountain passes. Very roughly adapted from the successful book of similar title, it proves an exciting bit of pageantry capably acted by a cast which includes Gary Cooper, Franchot Tone, Dick Cromwell, and Kathleen Burke.
Less well known, but even more deserving of notice is the co-feature, "Father Brown, Detective." the excellent Mr. Walter Connelly, aided by Paul Lucas and the exceedingly beautiful and personable Gertrude Michael, make this whimsically amusing story a film of unusual delight. The tale centers about the attempts of Flambeau (Mr. Lucas) to secure by his usual informal method, the ten famous "Flying Stars" --diamonds of superb beauty, which he desires to place about the glorious neck of Miss Michael with whom he has fallen quite in love. Walter Connelly portrays the wise priest who takes it upon himself to straighten out the lives of Flambeau and his lovely lad. There is an undertone of quite humer and philosophic beauty which lifts the picture far above the limitations of its story.