Bright Lights (1935)

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Joe and Fay Wilson are a happily married vaudeville team. But when a reporter discovers, that one of the chorus girls in the troupe is a slightly eccentric heiress, who bugs sometimes out ... See full summary »

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29 October 2016 | MartinHafer
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| Among Brown's better films
I am not a huge fan of Joe E. Brown's films. Much of it is that in so many of his movies he plays unlikable guys. Here he's definitely NOT the nicest guy in the world but at least you can understand him and empathize with him--something I couldn't do in films where he played a blow-hard with an ego the size of Pittsburgh!

When the story begins, Joe (Brown) and Fay (Ann Dvorak) are a married couple who have a really good vaudeville act. She sings...and he interrupts the act by pretending to be a drunk. It's a very acrobatic routine and the fans love it. In fact, he's so good that a Broadway producer wants him to bring the act to the big city....BUT the producer doesn't want his missus to be part of it. Instead, a spoiled rich girl will play Fay's part. Well, Joe is hesitant to do this without his wife but Fay insists. She also soon returns to vaudeville and lets him stay in New York...where he's a big success. But not surprisingly, leaving him alone was a foolish mistake and soon Joe's new leading lady is making the moves on him. What's next? See the film.

While this is not one of Brown's funniest movies, it was one of his best for several reasons--the biggest of which is seeing Brown do his acrobatics. It seems that when he was a kid, Brown ran off to be in the circus and was a trained acrobat...and you really get to see a lot of these skills in the film. Additionally, the story is pretty good...a bit predictable but quite good. Well worth seeing and it's a shame Brown didn't make more pictures like this one.

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