Pleasure Crazed (1929)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Pleasure Crazed was adapted from the less luridly titled stage play The Scent of Sweet Almonds. Nora Westby (Marguerite Churchill) is in love with Captain Anthony Dean (Kenneth MacKenna) but keeps her mouth shut about it out of respect for Dean's marriage to Alma (Dorothy Burgess). Alas, Alma is not so honorable, cheating on her husband at every opportunity. Dean finally awakens to Alma's deceit and Nora's sincerity when he tries to bail Nora out of an unfortunate entanglement in a crooked business transaction. Donald Gallegher, director of the original stage play, was brought to Hollywood by Fox Studios to helm the screen version, while Charles Klein "blocked" the action for the benefit of the multiple cameras, and also directed the auto-chase finale. Oddly enough, Kenneth MacKenna, who reportedly retreated to the production end of the business because of his ineptitude as a talking-picture actor, delivered the film's best performance.

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love-triangle, craziness, moving, pleasure