Is My Face Red?

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  • NR
  • 1932
  • 1 hr 5 min
  • 6.0  (231)

Is My Face Red? is a light-hearted crime-comedy film from 1932. It stars Helen Twelvetrees as a struggling young actress, June Dale, who unknowingly gets embroiled in a murder case. The film also features Ricardo Cortez as a smooth-talking gangster named Benny, and Jill Esmond as Gloria, Benny's glamorous but deceitful girlfriend. The story begins with June struggling to find work in Hollywood. She's so desperate for a job that she agrees to be the live-in nanny for a wealthy family. But when the family's young daughter goes missing, June becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. She's eventually cleared of all charges, but not before she meets Benny, who takes an immediate liking to her.

Benny, meanwhile, is trying to pull off a major heist with his gang of criminals. The target is a wealthy businessman named Mr. Vander's (played by Purnell Pratt) mansion. Gloria, Benny's girlfriend, is working as Vander's secretary and has been feeding Benny inside information. Benny decides to use June as his unwitting accomplice, convincing her to pose as Vander's niece to gain access to his home.

June reluctantly agrees, not knowing that she's being used to distract Vander while Benny and his gang rob his safe. The heist is successful, but when Vander discovers that his niece isn't who she says she is, he immediately suspects foul play. June finds herself once again at the center of a criminal investigation, but this time, there's no way she can convince anyone of her innocence.

The film is filled with plenty of comic moments, even as the tension mounts. Helen Twelvetrees is charming as the plucky heroine, and Ricardo Cortez is suave and gentlemanly as Benny, making him a more likable villain than one might expect. Jill Esmond is also great as Gloria, who is not as naive as she seems.

The film also features some interesting commentary on the power dynamics of Hollywood. June is repeatedly told that she needs to have sex with powerful men in order to get ahead in the industry, which she refuses to do. There's also a subplot involving a struggling screenwriter who writes a play about a gangster, only to have it stolen and turned into a movie without his consent.

Overall, Is My Face Red? is a fun and lighthearted crime thriller that also delves into some serious issues. Its cast of colorful characters keeps the audience engaged throughout its 70-minute runtime. While it may not be a classic film, it's definitely worth a watch for fans of the genre or anyone looking for an entertaining way to spend an afternoon.

Is My Face Red? is a 1932 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 5 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0.

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    1 hr 5 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.0  (231)