A short break from the seemingly terminal depression that envelopes me every time I read something about Australia.
|Julie Adams, Bend of the River|
|Rock Hudson, Bend of the River|
|Louise Brooks, Beggars of Life|
In the first frame here's a deliciously boy garbed Louise Brooks fresh from the BDSM female angst of all those Pabstian crypto-masochist psycho-pathologized males, and indeed from Hawk's weirdly homo skewed A Girl in Every Port (1928) in which she plays sidekick to a pair of guys, one a drunk who keeps asking his buddy to "pull him off". (I didn't believe it either.)
Louise and second
screen, male lead Richard Arlen (also fresh from a male to male kiss in Wings) as bums on the lam in this
screenplay that seems like a precursor to Wellman's great 1933 Warner First
National actioner Wild Boys of the Road,
one of his dozen odd pre-code greats from his incomparable Warner 30s talkie
|Brooks, Richard Arlen, Beggars of life|
In Kino Lorber's Beggars Louise morphs from girl in boydrag to dodge near gang rape (as a boy or a girl?) to girl again after several plot menaces, until she and Arlen match alpha credentials with a guignolesque Wallace Beery and his gang of super hoboes. It's a memorable scene. At this point Wellman finally stages and films them in two shots as the couple they are, and by now Arlen is looking quite as gorgeous as Brooks, no mean feat for any of us of any or all three of the great sexual persuasions- homo/het/bi.