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Off the Hollywood assembly line have come two pictures that are now serving their time at the University, "The Angels Wash Their Faces," and "Hotel For Women." The motion picture industry, wondering what has caused the stagnation in box office during the past few years, might well look into those two pictures and see the reason why. Each was carried out with technical skill, with good direction and good pacing, with reasonably capable casts. Yet they lacked one essential element--originality.
"The Angels Wash Their Faces" even got its title idea from a previous picture. "Hotel For Women" was a confused imitation of "The Women" and "Stage Door" with the spontaneity of neither. The only original element was the appearance of Elsa Maxwell who was poked into the script in such a slip-shod fashion that she almost seemed to be posing for a movie interview rather than taking part in the picture.
The bill at the University is routine stuff, the kind that any movie-goer has seen time and time again. A new idea has been stuck in here and there to cover over the thread-worn patterns, but it's a poor job of camouflaging two pictures that are nothing more than a waste of time.
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