Tuesday, August 19, 2014
August's Night Out at the Movies!
First up is a 1907 George Melies short, "The Eclipse."
And the feature presentation is 1933's "Sucker Money."
"Sucker Money" is an unusual beast. It was produced by Dorothy Reid, a marginally talented woman who husband, silent-film star Wallace Reid, had died from morphine addiction. She then dedicated her life and career to "message" films, including several antidrug flicks like the now-lost "Human Wreckage", or tackling prostitution in "The Red Kimona" (which was remarkable for its sympathetic treatment of sex workers). "Sucker Money" was her attempt to warn people about fake psychics and mediums.
That being said, she wasn't much of an actress, and even less a screenwriter, director, and producer. Sorry, folks.
The show over (at last!), we wander up the street for a final drink for the night...