Cinema: The New Pictures, Dec. 21, 1942

Life Begins at 8:30 (20th Century-Fox) combines the talents of one of Hollywood's funniest script writers, Nunnally Johnson, and one of Broadway's funniest actors, Monty Woolley. Unfortunately it also is based on one of last season's dullest Broadway plays, Yesterday's Magic. The result is not worthy of Johnson & Woolley, but they contrive to make the film fairly entertaining.

Monty is an old tosspot actor with a crippled daughter (Ida Lupino) whom he dropped on the floor as an infant and who has been vainly trying to get him sober ever since. Daughter finally...

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