Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Photo of the Day

A slave (Bruce King) gets punished by by his master (William V. Mong, far right) in THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII (1935)

Bruce King is the best thing in this version of the often told tale. Bruce, as the Scythian prisoner, is one of the most impressive actors in any PEPLUM film, in Europe or the US. He was perfectly cast and totally believable in his brief role. Now had he been the main actor of the film well it would have rocked but they went with Preston Foster who looks like a softy next to Bruce. In this version Preston adopts a kid which humanizes him but Preston is already a nice guy; having someone like tough-as-nails Bruce adopting a orphaned kid would have worked better, it would have been more affecting.

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