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Tanned Legs (1929)
October 17, 2014, 4:35 pm
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Director: Marshall Neilan
2 Stars
Tanned LegsRKO began filming the comedy Tanned Legs in their first year of production before hastily reshooting it with a handful of musical numbers in tow. The resulting performances are understandably weak–the dance choreography is occasionally laughable and the singing isn’t particularly good (save for the terrific Ann Pennington)–but that’s not to say that it would have been a better film without them. As the leading man, Arthur Lake is a dope, and the rather familiar romantic comedy plot veers towards laughable melodrama by the end. Who would have thought that a light-hearted, pleasant musical could nearly end in fratricide? At least June Clyde is affable as the lead, as is Sally Blane as her sister. The aforementioned Pennington is clearly the most talented entertainer of the bunch, but she’s unfortunately relegated to a small part and her climactic dance number is butchered by the editing.

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