Thursday, March 2, 2017

Cinema Cycle - The Kid From Brooklyn


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE REVIEWED: 03/01/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 54 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 24.5 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6367.2 miles

SYNOPSIS: A hapless milkman knocks out a middleweight champion prize fighter and is set up for an epic rematch.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The original Rocky with musical numbers and the ‘Goldwyn Girls”.

PROS AND CONS:  Didn’t know what to expect here.  I was blown away in the first five minutes by the song and dance number with the Goldwyn Girls and the dairy cows….seriously.

An interesting film, like so many in my collection, specifically for the historical aspect of it.  This is a middle class American fantasy film from the late 1940s.  It shows a world where every large city had a ‘cocktail club’ where lavish dance numbers were put on for the well dressed, inebriated Caucasian audience.

An interesting and entertaining waltz through 1940s America.  Danny Kaye is a bit hard to take sometimes.  He is like Harpo Marx given a voice.  Funny for about 3 minutes, then sort of cringe-worthy.  The real gem here is Eve Arden as the moll of the fight promoter.  Visually and dialogue-wise, she is an understated riot.


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.