Born to Be Bad

Born to Be Bad

Director: Lowell Sherman

Cast: Loretta Young, Cary Grant, Jackie Kelk

     
 

Cary Grant stars in the 1934 melodrama Born to Be Bad, released on DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Presented with a standard full-frame transfer in the original black-and-white. English soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital Stereo or Mono. A Spanish-dubbed mono soundtrack is also included. Optional subtitles are accessible in English and…  See more details below

Overview

Cary Grant stars in the 1934 melodrama Born to Be Bad, released on DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Presented with a standard full-frame transfer in the original black-and-white. English soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital Stereo or Mono. A Spanish-dubbed mono soundtrack is also included. Optional subtitles are accessible in English and Spanish. There are no special features, but it is the first time this classic feature has been released on DVD.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Loretta Young turns in one of the finest acting jobs of her career in this unfairly neglected drama, which is also a fine showcase for the early range of Cary Grant and a pretty startling movie in general. Born To Be Bad was released by Fox just in time to be initially rejected by the Hays Office for its "low moral tone." And it got released despite a plot line that puts an amoral heroine, played by Young -- devious, greedy, sexually promiscuous -- at the center of the story, and a story that doesn't leave "good" a lot of room for victory. In other words, it's quite a bit more realistic than many of the dramas that followed over the next several decades. Young's Letty Strong is a woman who is prepared to hurt and destroy anyone or anything that stands in the way of what she wants -- even her own young son (Jackie Kelk), born when she was teenager, when she feels he's betrayed her. Cary Grant is unexpectedly restrained, with few of the mannerisms that became his trademark as a comic actor in the years that followed. And the story still finds room for some humor and laughter, even amid a surprisingly cold-hearted drama, in which an unwed mother seems to sink lower and lower in life and drag those around her down as well. The one familiar figure in this movie who is acting in a familiar way is Henry Travers, the kindly bookstore owner who is -- until Grant's Malcolm Trevor comes along -- the one decent adult in Letty's life, and it's startling to see him work as well as he does in this surprisingly frank and gritty drama. The movie will prove a revelation to Young's fans and detractors alike, and on seeing it this reviewer found himself saddened that she didn't get to flex her acting muscles more often in films and roles like this.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/06/2004
UPC:
0024543102588
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:01:00

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Loretta Young Letty Strong
Cary Grant Malcolm Trevor
Jackie Kelk Mickey Strong
Henry Travers Fuzzy
Russell Hopton Steve Karns
Andrew Tombes Max Lieber
Howard Lang Dr. Dropsy
Harry Green Adolph
Marion Burns Alice Trevor
Wade Boteler Detective
Mary Forbes Actor
Etienne Girardot J.K. Brown
George S. Irving Actor
Eddie Kane Headwaiter
Edward Keane Admirers at Club
John Marston Doctor
Guy Usher Judge McAffee
Paul Harvey Lawyer
Charles Coleman Butler
Matt Briggs Truant Officer
Geneva Mitchell Miss Crawford

Technical Credits
Lowell Sherman Director
Richard Day Art Director
Ralph Graves Screenwriter
Harry Jacobs Screenwriter
Barney "Chick" McGill Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph C. Wright Art Director
Maurice E. Wright Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:19]
2. Beautiful Girl [:57]
3. Motherly Love [5:51]
4. Fatherly Advice [4:33]
5. Traffic Accident [1:34]
6. The Trial [4:05]
7. Taken Away [4:37]
8. A Deal [:27]
9. Hatching a Plan [4:33]
10. Word of Honor [2:10]
11. Rotten Trick [4:18]
12. Seduction [1:06]
13. All Mixed Up [3:13]
14. No Rules [2:45]
15. An Education [1:33]
16. Learning the Lesson [2:42]

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