Director: Michael Curtiz
Screenplay: Robert Wilder
Release: Warner Archive Collection
Boy I love this movie and I expect I will soon have a Joan Crawford Double-Feature with Mildred Pierce. Two women who control their own lives even at the cost of yours.
Hard-edged carny dancer Lane Bellamy shakes her curves and shakes a sleepy Southern burg to its core. Joan Crawford rejoins her Mildred Pierce costar (Zachary Scott), producer (Jerry Wald) and director (Michael Curtiz) in another steamy saga of a steely dame with gams, guts and a gun. As Lane, she gyrates into the arms of a local politician and into conflict with the tyrannical town boss (Sydney Greenstreet), who thinks cute little tricks from the wrong side of the tracks ought to stay there. But Lane is determined to cross those tracks for the riches and respectability of the town’s toniest address: Flamingo Road.
Flamingo Road is fun for a noir. The silver is perfect and the dialog could cut your throat. Five years after Pierce Curtiz and Crawford team-up again and do not disappoint. There is corruption in politics, dancing girls, and, essentially Signor Ferrari in the south. You cannot go wrong with some of these classic Hollywood flicks.
The disc also includes a classic documentary about Joan Crawford’s transition to Warner Brothers in 1943 and how it rejuvenated her career.
I strongly recommend this DVD from the Warner Archive Collection. You can get it from WBShop.com!
Director: 7 – Cinematography: 8 – Edit: 5 – Parity: 7 – Main performance: 7 – Else performance: 3 – Score: 6 – Sound: 6 – Story: 9 – Script: 8 – Effects: 5 – Design: 6 – Costumes: 8 – Keeps interest: 6 – Lasting: 5