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The Moviegoer

"Maid of Salem" Not a Study of Bigotry and Witchcraft, but a Good Tale of Adventure

By M. O. P.

If you don't like Jimmy Lunceford, don't go to the left this week ((That's not the only bit of advice we have for you if you don't like Munny Luncefowl he is at his best, and is supported by an all-colored cast of rhythm-mongers in a state show that should be violence to even the most sophisticated inhibitions, Miss Mabel Scott in particular, whose offering was announced simply as a song and dance, almost forces the Playgner to became lyrical; her technique might shame any of the personality girls since Delilah. There is also some glorious from a quarter known as the Four Glaute of Harmony, and quantities of dancing, especially by John Mason, Lenise Warner, and Hill Robinson Jr.

The picture is a different matter. It concerns the ideals of the United States Navy and their effect on a crooner whose heart is really in the right place all the time. Ruby Keeler is a good influence with a brave smile--What else could she be--and Dick Powell is What could he be? Dick's father--Lewis Stone -- delivers several inspirational speeches and in general occupies himself by smiling through tears. Koss Alexander is amusing; he and various other Naval Academy cadets exhibit fellowship, loyalty, and navy spirit at all times. the effect of the picture is in general to reassure timid souls that the U. S. navy watches over them night and day and that the world is still safe for love and sentiment. Nevertheless, Ms. Bel Scott's brief appearance on the stage is ample compensation even for "Shipmates Forever."

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