Cinema: The New Pictures May 12, 1930

A Notorious Affair (First National). Billie Dove's figure and the clipped accent and expressive eyebrows of Basil Rathbone are the only acceptable components of this cinema. It is an awkward, slow account of the love-affair of an English society woman and a poor musician. People who saw Adolph Menjou in Fashions for Love will understand whence comes the idea for A Notorious Affair, but not how the wit and sophistication that distinguished the Menjou show were eliminated from this imitation. Silliest shot: women swarming about the musician's carriage when he drives...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!