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Up to this point, I'd heard of La Rocque but had never seen any of his work, probably because his filmography (if correct) shows he worked in virtually no genre productions during his career. Now I'll have to track down more of his work, because he comes across very nicely for a former silent film star -- sort of a cross between William Powell and Kent Smith: strong voice, sense of humor, quick wit, large physical presence.
Second half of the doubleheader is another Grand National film entitled International Crime (Marengo lists a 1937 release; imdb lists 1938), clocked at 64 min......Rod La Roque is so much fun to watch that any other complaints are minimized. His sidekick in this film, however, is Moe the cabbie, lending a bit of credence to the character, but not much. Astrid Allwyn has a nice role as a pushy cub reporter who wants to tag along with Cranston. Her character is of the bubbly ditz mode, but not too obnoxious.
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