Thursday, April 12, 2007
Lady and the Bandit
Stingaree (1934) - Richard Dix plays the classic charming Ausssie outlaw Stingeree to Irene Dunn’s feisty wannabe opera singer in this forgotten William Wellman directed flick. The dashing swashbuckler and highwayman, Stingaree, had appeared in two previous silents in 1915 (of which this is a remake) and 1917. He was one of two serial characters created by screenwriter E.W. Hornung (brother-in-law to Arthur Conan Doyle), along with Raffles, the amateur cracksman, who was also brought to film and later television. This movie features a wonderful Max Steiner score as well as an appearance by a young Andy Devine, Mary Boland as the monster who treats Dunn as her slave, and the talents of the always incomparable and endlessly entertaining Una O’Connor. Well worth hunting down and checking out.