7 September 2006 | andypiaf
Praise Alpha Classic for putting this out this Ulmer treasure!
In Edgar G. Ulmer's MY SON THE HERO, "Big Time" Percy Morgan (Roscoe Karns) is a down on his luck confidence man who lies and cheats his way out of every close scrape. He shares a SRO hotel room with punch-drunk boxer Kid Slug (Maxie Rosebloom) and colorful Italian immigrant Tony. Together, the trio bounce from scheme to scam always just one step ahead of their marks. As Big Time's gambling losses threaten to engulf him, a telegram arrives announcing that his war hero son Michael is coming to visit. Having lied to his son for years about his wealth and means, Big Time sets up a ruse wherein he "borrows" a mansion and gathers his makeshift family of fellow grifters to convince his son that he's not a bum.
MY SON THE HERO is a slapstick farce peopled with characters out of Damon Runyon and reminiscent of the drawling room comedies of Philip Barry. Stars Roscoe Karns, Maxie Rosebloom and Patsy Kelly (as Big Time's wiseacre Girl Friday, Gertie), give compelling comic performances infused with the real, poignant sadness of individuals who have lost their dignity in the hustle to make money. Linking his observational Berlin street film aesthetic with his talent for Yiddish Comedy, social commentary, and ethnic musical entertainments, director Edgar G. Ulmer delivers a World War II-era comedy of manners featuring his trademark fluid pans, long takes, busy tableaux, mirror shots and rapid fire dialogue.