This week Locw's presents two pictures of average merit by M. G. M. "The Bad Man of Brimstone," with Wallace Beery in the title role, is sort of a western a la mode, with sepia platinum filming as its only outstanding characteristic. The hot wastes of Arizona look well in this medium, as does Virginia Bruce, always more reminiscent of the rotogravure debutante than of the prairie mother. Yet if her striking coiffe and general showgirl demeanor make Miss Bruce an anachronism in any western, Mr. Beery, who has a way of making homicide seem unimportant, is also miscast.
The picture is a repetition of the old story of how law and order gradually conquered the bad lands. Lewis Stone plays his role as a corrupt judge of the old regime with great understanding, and Dennis O'Keefe as the tight-lipped federal deputy is also on the side of Virtue, but Mr. Beery's personality dominates the picture, and when he is finally and symbolically arrested, a pang of remorse sweeps over the audience.
"Paradise For Three," the second feature, is yet another tale of an old millionaire running away from his well-ordered household. Frank Morgan does an excellent job of running away but he and the audience find it pretty dull, enlivened now and again by the lines and antics of Robert Young and Edna May Oliver. The photography is surprisingly poor.