"Beyond the Blue Horizon" and "Sweater Girl" At the Met
"Beyond the Blue Horizon" there lies a land of treacherous natives, mad elephants, tigers that swim, and a brilliantly beautiful jungle. It's the kind of a jungle that every kid explorer dreams about, but no real one sees with less than four zombies under his belt. If you can overlook this minor detail though, there are several other bits of humor that make this picture a sorry contrast to the recent run of heavy drama. Top billing goes to Dorothy Lamour and Richard Denning, both well exhibited as Hollywood's handsomest hunks. But the feature performer, the guy who lifts the film out of the Class D league, isn't even mentioned on the program. Much funnier than comic Jack Haley and apparently far more intelligent than the rest of the cast, the pet monkey really stars. With his ability to steal pancakes only equalled by his talent in throwing apples, the half-pint ape has no trouble in making a monkey out of Haley.
Though less intriguing than its title, the second picture, "Sweater Girl," is an improvement on the feature. Mixing some really tense melodrama with Eddie Bracken's best, it comes through with a story that keeps the audience moderately jittery for nearly an hour. Two murders on a college campus are the basis for this murder mystery which conceals the villain's identity in the best Nick Carter style, while befuddling the audience with slapstick. Neither picture will be accused of belonging to the year's top ten, and they aren't too far from the bottom.