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Coming out of the green mist that has enveloped her in numerous Erin and Great Western roles, Colleen Moore emerges this week at the Met as a really first string triple threat talkie star. Without any doubt "Footlights And Fools", a sea of comedy with cross currents of dramatic interest is Miss Moore's best piece of work. Incidentaly, it probably will bring her new admirers from the ranks of those who have been frankly cold to her smiling Irish eyes.
It seems almost impossible that yet another musical comedy--crime combine can twist itself into a successful talkie. But that is what happens. In the twistings the whole plot takes on a little original color and ends up quite apart from Hoyle. Miss Moore surprises with some not at all bad singing, then proves she can dance a bit, and tops the picture off with a couple of scenes of creditable acting. As a final touch she throws in a dash of clever satire of a chic Parisian light musical star.
The supporting east of "Footlights And Fools" does its job of playing up to Miss Moore in a fashion that leaves no doubt that the picture is sure fire amusement.
"Tropical Nights", the stage show, starts in like a Hemenway five o'clock gym class but has a bright spot in the appearance of the "Keller Sisters and Lynch" a song and dance team far better than the typical run. There is also an amusing tumbling act.
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