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The psychological reactions of a child whose parents are divorced and remarried give "Wednesday's Child" a plot which might make an excellent picture. If the leading characters had been chosen with care, this might have happened, but as it is, the story misses fire.
While in the play the tragedy of divorce and remarriage was seen only through the eyes of the son, the movie permits the parents to direct much of the action themselves. Since neither Edward Arnold nor Karen Morley are equipped to handle a problem play; they interrupt rather than aid the story.
The boy, Frankie Thomas, gives a good performance, at times top-notch. Hollywood has become so addicted to the success of childhood misfortune lately, however, that it must let Frankie resemble Jackie Cooper for irksome moments. As a result, the picture gives one a sense of frustration which may be the reason we were disappointed.
Unfortunately, Grant Mitchell, the clever detective, is not allowed to jail the latest beauty in "One Exciting Adventure." This time it is Binnie Barnes and she is addicted to stealing jewelry solely for pleasure. Nevertheless she is quite attractive and next time Mr. Mitchell may really catch her.
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