It is refreshing in these days, when the silver screen is resplendent with "Golden Goddesses", "Birds of Paradise" and the like who flutter in sparkling salons and produce impressions one very much like another, to see a picture in which there are no elaborately bejewelled sets, or sumptuously bedecked figures. Such a picture is the latest Metropolitan picture "A Girl in Every Port."
As a matter of fact, the title is a little bit misleading. Victor McLaglen, who, in his ususal manner cuts an impressive figure as Spike Madden, the chief mate of a merchantman, does not, exactly speaking, have a girl in every port. But at least he makes strenuous efforts--with the aid of his little address book--to find one at every place his ship drops anchor. Obviously, this quest, made fruitless by the activities of another sailor who precedes him by a day or so in each port of call, does not make for unity of plot. In fact the picture is a series of episodes admirably hung together.
The main interest of the story comes when Spike meets his rival, and "the" girl--Louise Brooks. From then on the picture might well be entitled "A Text Book for Pugilistic Aspirants."
In a word, the picture is very amusing and eminently well worth seeing; well directed with Miss Brooks and Mr. McLagien forming a very delightful contrast.
As for the rest of the production it is very much like all of Metropolitan stage events. Gene Rodemich is there with his orchestra, as well as a trio of tumblers who come within an ace of breaking their necks--but don't.