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The Moviegoer

At Loew's State and Orpheum

By Joseph P. Lorenz

Even before Miss Daphne Dumaurier's days, there were rich men picking up poor girls in Monte Carlo, packing them off to some haunted castle in Scotland, braving slick villains and a heart-rending trial, and living happily ever after. Even before a novel by the name of "Rebecca" achieved best-seller fame, there was cheap literature.

But when a masterful director like Alfred Hitchcock and actors as capable as Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine do their best to make a tencent novelette plot credible, they produce an unwonted effect--that of serving cold stew on a golden platter. Hollywood's skillful technique has given a backneyed melodrama a chance to excite once again.

Joan Fontaine's performance as the young Mrs. Winter provides a wholesome whiff of sincerity in an atmosphere laden with sleazy pluto-romanticism. The other characters--including grave, moustached Mr. Oliveir--are the stereotyped masks which haunt every unsuccessful attempt at fiction. Readers of Miss Dumaurier's novel will notice to their amusement that under Mr. Hays' jurisdiction a husband does not shoot his wife, and that villains do not get away with their crimes as if there were neither justice nor morals in Hollywood.

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