Nothing Sacred: Kino Classics Edition [Blu-ray]
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As potent today as it was when released in 1937, this classic screwball satire stars Carole Lombard as Hazel Flagg, the small-town girl who mistakenly believes she's dying of radium poisoning. Sensing a great human interest story that will tug the public's heartstrings and help sell newspapers, exploitative journalist Wally Cook (Fredric March) brings Hazel to New York City and turns her into a media darling. Wally's callous strategy takes a sudden turn when he starts having feelings for the vulnerable Hazel. Filmed in early three-strip Technicolor and scripted by Ben Hecht and James H. Street, this sharp comedy still sizzles with its cynical take on media profiteering, and the matching of Lombard and March is unforgettably entertaining.
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Originally produced by Selznick International and distributed through United Artists, this satirical, sharp and snotty comedy is about the newspaper business in New York. And how, in a series of accidents, the newspaper promotes a dying girl on their pages who isn't really dying!
This film, along with "My Man Godfrey" and "Twentieth Century" is the best comedy Carole Lombard ever made. Fredric March also shines as the reporter. The supporting cast includes two of the best character actors of the 1930's, Walter Connolly and Charles Winninger. They're both hysterical. Look for Margaret Hamilton, Hattie McDaniel, and Frank Fay featured in a small parts too.
Ben Hecht was responsible for the screenplay, and the lush, Gershwin-esque music was composed by Oscar Levant. There's even a hot swing number by the Raymond Scott Quintette.
For my money, this was one of the 5 funniest films of the 1930's and it's great to finally get a superior quality print of it on DVD.
This DVD (or Blu Ray) is an absolute must-have.
That being said, this is still a terrific, funny film and this is likely the best it will look. Don't let my disappointment with the Blu-ray put you off from seeing this classic. Carole Lombard is at the top of her game as a comedic actress and Frederic March works wonderfully with her. Put them together with Ben Hecht's darkly cynical script and a Who's Who list of classic character actors and you're in for a treat.
Back in December 2003, a spectacularly restored print of Nothing Sacred struck from the original three strip camera negatives was shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The clarity was pristine and the technicolor just popped off of the screen. For the life of me, I do not understand why such an inferior existing print was utilized to produce the recently released blu-ray. Love the movie and adore Carole. However, the quality of the disc left a lot to be desired.