Bachelor Apartment (1931)

Genres - Comedy  |   Release Date - Apr 15, 1931 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

Daring in its day, Bachelor Apartment is not really worth a second look except for the penultimate glimpse of silent screen femme fatale Mae Murray. Playing Lowell Sherman's most ardent conquest -- who, as the suave playboy explains, "might commit a sin but never a faux pas" -- Murray has to be seen to be believed. Valiantly attempting to display her trademark bee-stung countenance while at the same time delivering a series of hoary lines, the still svelte Murray -- who is introduced to the strains of an ersatz "Merry Widow Waltz" -- offers an overripe performance that all but ended her screen career. Sherman used Murray once more in High Stakes, another frothy comedy, but the aging actress was obviously not talkie material. Bachelor Apartment offers a glimpse of yet another faded silent screen star, the mustached Norman Kerry of Phantom of the Opera fame, here playing the minor role of a theatrical wolf. Like Murray, Kerry's looks and mannerisms belong to a bygone era. Also part of a faraway past is the casual acceptance of both marijuana cigarettes and cocaine, here appearing as leftovers from one of Sherman's nightly dalliances and worthy of little more than a shrug from butler Charles Coleman.