Thursday, January 05, 2012
Bette Davis Month Bonus: 'Bureau of Missing Persons' (1933)
The Big Shakedown); his physical assault on her at the end of the movie is played for goofy comic relief.
The movie is so slapdash overall that the sexism isn't really any worse than the haphazard plotting and indifferent acting. Davis is fairly subdued as Norma, especially in contrast to Farrell's ditziness and O'Brien's hyper-masculinity, but her performance isn't anything special. She gives about as much effort to the part as the movie deserves, which is to say very little at all.