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Lazybones
     

Lazybones

Director: Frank Borzage,

Cast: Buck Jones, Madge Bellamy, Jane Novak

 
Charles "Buck" Jones, normally a heroic Western star, takes a surprising turn by playing a shiftless rural character in this romance. ZaSu Pitts also makes an impression in her tragic role (she was better known as a comedienne than as a dramatic actress, but she was great at both). Jones' character is known only as Lazybones because of his easy-going nature. He is in

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Charles "Buck" Jones, normally a heroic Western star, takes a surprising turn by playing a shiftless rural character in this romance. ZaSu Pitts also makes an impression in her tragic role (she was better known as a comedienne than as a dramatic actress, but she was great at both). Jones' character is known only as Lazybones because of his easy-going nature. He is in love with Agnes Fanning (Jane Novak), but their romance is derailed when her sister, Ruth (Pitts), comes home with a baby. Ruth claims that she was wed to a sailor who had drowned, but can't produce a marriage certificate. This brings down a world of shame on the hapless young girl, so she attempts suicide. Lazybones rescues her and adopts the baby girl. He refuses to give the infant up, so he loses Agnes. Ruth dies, and as the years pass, the little girl Kit grows into a lovely young lady (as played by Madge Bellamy). Lazybones goes off to fight in WWI, and when he returns, he plans to marry his ward. But then he discovers that Kit loves a young man who is much closer to her own age. Although Lazybones loses out, there is a hint that he and Agnes may reunite.

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All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
For anyone who doubts how sophisticated the silents had become by the mid-1920's, Lazybones is a perfect film to see. This Frank Borzage-directed drama, which takes place across two generations, is fast-moving, sophisticated, witty, and gentle, and so beautifully seductive that even in 2009, one quickly forgets that one is watching a silent movie. Buck Jones, Jane Novak, and, especially, ZaSu Pitts, are so good in their roles, and Borzage's touch is so light that this piece just pulls you in, a lot like watching a great opera performance. He's helped in no small measure by the gorgeous cinematography of Glen MacWilliams and George Schneiderman, which makes this picture -- in the surviving sources -- as beautiful to look at as a photographic document as it is to watch as a drama. And the presence of a tightly constructed Frances Marion screenplay helps, as well, steeped in the kind of romantic tale to which Borzage resonated best. And the director runs with it, delivering a rural drama that somehow manages to feel as bracingly immediate, some 84 years later, as any film of its era, comedy or drama. The moments of gentle humor do hold up, as does the tale of romance across two generations, and the World War I sequence is nicely devised as well. Plus, it is a treat to see Madge Bellamy in something besides Lorna Doone (1922) and The Iron Horse (1924), plus Buck Jones in a serious romantic role, in which he acquits himself extremely well. And overall, this picture proves, once more, that virtually anything that Borzage directed is worth tracking down and seeing, even eight decades later.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2015
UPC:
0024543970033
Original Release:
1925
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
50,608

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