Warren William Deals Raw Again
The Match King (1932) Based On Fact and Fancy
More serious than usual for precode Warren William because this time he commits murder, and there's a suicide ending, which always leaves bitter taste. Still, there's fun along the way, WW lording over the worldwide matchstick business. Someone had to do it, I guess, The Match King based, or at least distorted, from fact. Best thing about these programmers is brevity; most of us bothering to turn on the set have at least 70 minutes to give it. Interest is tweaked for Lili Damita getting mid-way prominence as paramour to William, their courtship overdrawn story-wise, but a lure because it's Damita. Any Warren William cad had limits, as we prefer victims who have abuse or betrayal coming; when he scams sympathetic sorts, we feel guilty for pleasure in it. Warners was adroit at disguising sloppy with speed, William staying enough on the move so we don't discern how little sense The Match King makes. He could make business success look simple as exercise of bravado. I wonder if anyone used his example and achieved tycoon status. At least William put spring back in step for a few Depression-troddens. The Match King is part of Warner Archive's Volume Ten of the Forbidden Hollywood series.
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