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Today is Review Day at the University. Offerings are "Magnificent Obsession" and "Adventure in Manhattan," of which the former in notable as an early vehicle for the now great lover, Robert Taylor, and of which the second achieves no particular note.
In addition to Mr. Taylor, who adds by his positive presence, mention might also be made of author Lloyd Douglas in general, and in particular of his noble idea which in a more or less butchered fashion serves as the theme of the story. A man finds completion of life through anonymous benefaction. Although the idea fails to be put across much except in a few philosophical sprinklings by Ralph Morgan, people who like pictures with a message may derive consideration throughout of what course the development of the theme might have followed.
Artistically the picture falls below the best. Inaccuries comprise the chief flaw. Beside the inclusion of psychological untruths, such as the unrepentance of Mr. Talor after his carelessness has caused death, there is a painful plenty of physical ills.
As entertainment, the story is pleasant enough to follow. All things considered, Mr. Taylor acts convincingly as the rich young wastrel who, after causing one death through his wilfullness, falls in with the Douglas philosophy and, reforming, saves a second life which he might also have wasted through the same wilfullness. More specifically, he becomes the famous eye doctor who restores the sight of female interest and chief stooge Irene Dunne when everyone had said it was impossible.
"Adventure in Manhattan," second film, presents Joel McCrea and Jean Arthur in an entertaining piece, if one does not object to Mr. McCrea's poorly placed voice. He seems as over unable to express any natural emotions with his vocal chords. For the rest, the picture concerns a ring of thieves, a bright young play detective, and a somewhat befuddled girl in a plot which would have been improved by the presence of a mystery rather than a romontic male lead.
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