This comedy-drama from Paramount Pictures features charming Adolphe Menjou in a starring role as an aristocratic French ne’er-do-well who makes a big social mistake. Shirley O’Hara, Nicholas Soussanin and Lawrence Grant support. A worthwhile Menjou excursion.
Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10391-9.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 12 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
Release date: 7 May 2010.
Country of origin: USA
This budget edition has been mastered from a good-to-very-good 16mm reduction print that has some moderately modulated exposure fluctuations and plugged-up shadows making reading intertitles a challenge. The film’s action in the natural-speed, full-frame video transfer, is still reasonably easy to follow.
The film is accompanied by a score of electric organ music by Bruce Roberts.
Certainly not a great home video product, but it is currently the only available edition of the film. An OK disc until a quality edition is released.