Saturday, July 28, 2012

FOUR FRIGHTENED PEOPLE (1934)

Bubonic plague breaks out on a ship so four of the passengers (a journalist, a teacher, a chemist and the wife of a politician) steal a lifeboat and head for a nearby island. Once there, they're informed by a native that the only way to civilization is to walk to the other side of the island. A four or five day journey through the jungle...and he would gladly show them the way. Unfortunately, this guy is an idiot and not only did he neglect to tell them there's hostile tribes in the jungle (not to mention a lot of icky creatures), he gets them fucking lost! So now they're wandering around aimlessly in circles. Not to fear though, because as the clothes slowly fall of of the mousy teacher (Colbert), the two guys suddenly realize that once she lets her hair down and looses the cheaters...that she's really hot! So now with romance in the air, the two guys joust over the affections of the fair maiden as cobras hiss and natives shoot arrows through the necks of other natives.

For an early sound adventure/drama FOUR FRIGHTENED PEOPLE is alright. It's a little too melodramatic for my tastes, but it's still an entertaining watch. I was particularly impressed that it was filmed entirely on location. I found myself thinking about the entire film how I would love to see a behind the scenes feature showing the film crew lugging around those old gigantic cameras through the jungle.

If you're into classic cinema the FFP is a good watch. It won't change your life or anything, but it's a solid film. Recommended. I am curious now as to what is the earliest movie to feature a hot chick "hidden" behind glasses, turned up hair and unflattering clothes?
I like how the Morse Code message was animated out on the wires of the ship.