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"The Great Waltz," Featuring Strauss Music and the Rosch Ballet Opens at the Boston Opera House

By L. P. Jr.

It's not a strikingly fresh story, but it is told with a skillful directness which makes "Broadway Bill" an exciting, absorbing film. Dan Rogers (Warner Baxter) in the course of his wanderings from race track to race track, lands in the thriving municipality of Higginsville, where he falls in love with and marries the eldest daughter of the town's captain of all industries, J. L. Higgins. The attractions of life in Higginsville as the manager of the Higgins Box Factory are not sufficient to divert Rogers from his all-consuming passion for fine horses and when he gets possession of Broadway Bill, a truly superb animal, his business efficiency drops far below the expectations of his father-in-law. It finally becomes a question of the horse or submission to the rigors of the business. Rogers makes his break and puts everything into grooming the horse for the approaching derby. His financial plight makes this task seem an impossible one but he is aided by his young sister-in-law (Myrna Loy) and finally succeeds in getting Broadway Bill to the post. The ensuing race is easily the most exciting horse race we have ever seen on the screen, and Broadway Bill comes through only to collapse after the finish, his delicate system overtaxed by the tremendous exertion--with the usual amorous by play the picture concludes. This may sound somewhat boringly familiar, but Warner Baxter and Myrna Loy play their parts with sincere skill and simplicity, and make the film genuinely entertaining.

"Maybe It's Love" is another of the regular series of boy-and-girl-in-the-big-business-office affairs. At times it's mildly amusing, but it never gets far above the familiar old Hollywood mediocrity.

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