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Miracles For Sale

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In Brief: If you could disregard the fact that Miracles For Sale (1939) is the last film of the great Tod Browning, it would a perfectly acceptable — if largely undistinguished — potboiler of a murder mystery. The fact that this film is the swan song of one of the greatest horror directors of the early cinema, however, borders on the tragic. It's not that Miracles is a bad film, but that it falls so distinctly short of the technical virtuosity and inventiveness of Browning's Freaks or Dracula, or his somewhat lesser known and severely underrated works with Lon Chaney such as West of Zanzibar or The Unholy Three. Though little is known about the reasoning behind Browning's premature retirement from the director's chair, I think a case could be made that studio interference on Miracles may have played a role — although that's pure speculation on my part. Regardless, it's a film notable for its significance as the sad coda of an illustrious career.
Score:
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Genre: Murder Mystery
Director: Tod Browning
Starring: Robert Young , Florence Rice, Frank Craven, Lee Bowman, Cliff Clark, Henry Hull, William Demarest, Astrid Allwyn, Gloria Holden
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society will show Miracles For Sale  on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

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