Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tonight's Movie: Here Comes Carter (1936) - A Warner Archive DVD Review

HERE COMES CARTER (1936) is part of the new Glenda Farrell Triple Feature, available on DVD from the Warner Archive.

HERE COMES CARTER is featured in the set along with the previously reviewed along with THE LAW IN HER HANDS (1936) and DANCE CHARLIE DANCE (1937), which will be reviewed at a future date.

In the slight story of this 58-minute film, Ross Alexander plays Kent Carter, a former studio publicity man who finds himself out of a job, after which he makes a new career for himself as a movie business gossip on the radio.

Along the way Carter boosts the singing career of his girlfriend Linda (Anne Nagel, GUNS OF THE PECOS) and deals with villainous movie star Rex Marchbanks (Craig Reynolds) and some mobsters (Norman Willis, John Sheehan, and George E. Stone).

Glenda Farrell is firmly in the supporting cast in this one, playing a radio station secretary, though she does have a nice scene where she encourages Linda not to give up on her relationship with Carter, despite her own feelings for him.

It's a minor film, and truth be told I found Alexander quite unappealing; I didn't find him attractive, and the odd laughing "Ho Ho" sound he made at the end of each radio story drove me batty.

It seems especially sad to say the above, given that Alexander committed suicide in January 1937, just weeks after this film's release. He had married his leading lady, Anne Nagel, in October 1936. Alexander's final film, READY, WILLING AND ABLE (1937), was released posthumously.

HERE COMES CARTER was directed by William Clemens and filmed by Arthur Todd.

I found spotting the bit players the most enjoyable aspect of the film. Jane Wyman has roughly three scenes as a nurse; Wayne Morris runs a cafe; and Marjorie Weaver is a secretary.

The DVD includes the trailer. It's a good print.

Thanks to the Warner Archive for providing a review copy of this DVD. Warner Archive releases are MOD (manufactured on demand) and may be ordered from the Warner Archive Collection at the WBShop or from any online retailers where DVDs and Blu-rays are sold.


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