Grand Slam (1933)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Release Date - May 31, 1933 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

Grand Slam is notable if for no other reason than it demonstrates just what a big deal was the card game known as bridge to the American public of the time. Granted, Slam is spoofing that obsession; millions of people wouldn't have been glued to their radio sets listening to a championship bridge game being played. But bridge was still amazingly popular, and Slam's satirical take on that popularity still has some punch today, even among people who have never even dreamed of playing the game. Credit director William Dieterle and his team of screenwriters with giving a light, breezy touch to the proceedings; it's a silly little film, and of course makes little sense, but it's frothy and enjoyable. And some moments -- such as the aforementioned championship game, shot in slow motion and featuring a very amusing play-by-play voiceover -- are quite memorable. Matters are helped by its stars, Paul Lukas and Loretta Young. Lukas is perhaps not as gifted in the comedy department as one might wish, but he's quite appealing nonetheless. Young is quite lovely and imbues her part with that special magic that made her a star. The supporting players include the always-amusing Frank McHugh, as well as Glenda Farrell in a small part that she runs away with.