Cinema: Controlled Chameleon

The Millionairess (Dimitri de Grunwald; 20th Century-Fox) is made from an old show-business recipe for success: when the joke is bad, make the worst of it. The joke, written in this case by George Bernard Shaw, was a 1936 profiteer-jerker that parodied the plight of those who have money and think it will buy anything. In this revival, Director Anthony Asquith makes a parody of the parody, and where the play becomes too talky, he has the good sense to decree that the Shaw must not go on. He also makes the most of...

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