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This week the Paramount and Fenway offer entertainment of the pick-him-up-and-knock-him-down variety. As an antidote to the adventures of a wise-cracking radio columnist is shown a grand, old mother and son saga which is guaranteed to jerk a tear every foot.
Ross Alexander is a prize smart-alec, and his role in "Here Comes Carter" suits him perfectly. A Holywood publicity agent, he wise-crack himself out of his job and into digging dirt for a radio gossip hour. Ross takes over the broadcast when his boss gets drunk, and by fancy mudslinging becomes the darling of the ether. His girl resents this sordid occupation, and, together with some gangsters whom he is exposing in his broadcasts, brings adventures to the here. In the fade-out, however, true love triumphs.
Those who like amusing, superficial, wise-cracking movies will enjoy this one. George E. Stone plays a humorous and appealing gangster, and there is a good tune, "You On My Mind". It is a good escape drama for Hour Exam blues.
"I'd Give My Life" is pure melodrama at the end of which there should not be a dry eye in the audience. Tom Brown and Francis Drake are two love-birds who work in a gangsters' nigh-club. Comes a reform governor who cracks down on the underworld, and in self-defense the gangster suddenly reveals that Tom is his son, and that Tom's mother, believing him dead, is now the wife of the governor. Father and son square off, and Tom shoots down the dirty dog. Tom allows himself to be led to the gallows, refusing to tell the truth about his quarrel with the gangster lest his mother be disgraced. Fate, or rather the script, intervenes just in time, and Tom and Francis fall into each others arms.
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