Sometime ago I mentioned that I don't watch Silent Films because they give me the creeps. But both Meredith and Lexie mentioned Marion Davies as a friendly vehicle to soundless movies and recommend me "Show People" and "The Patsy". Well, I know myself, so I decided to see talkie "Not so dumb" (King Vidor, 1930) first and that way make a smoother jump to the creepy silents via miss Davies.
And I loved it! Marion plays Dulcy, a girl who wants to help her fiancé's career by pleasing his grumpy boss. She invites him, his girlfriend and daughter (really, that modern) to her home and arranges an afternoon of games and chat (lots of chat). Dulcy has very good intentions and tries to please everyone, the only problem is that her ideas are not very bright. She also invites to the super party a guy who loves playing golf and movie director who's in love with the boss' daughter. Did I mention that tender hearted Dulcy has an ex convict as a butler? Oh, and that her brother is around and he also loves the boss' daughter?
Marion does a splendid job as Dulcy. Full of energy, talking with an hilarious intonation, misusing sayings to illustrate her points, displaying a rich palette of gestures and looks which makes her performance more vivid...but never over the top in my opinion.
I think this is the ultimate way to play a dumb blonde, because you really feel all her actions are natural and product of her character's kind heart. I couldn't find any scene in Youtube, so I uploaded a little part just to show you Dulcy's personality:
Technically, it's obvious that this film is part of the transition from the silent era to the sound era. Audio quality is poor in some scenes, there is an unnecessary (but funny) intertitle, and some close up shots are very expressive but soundless and not smoothly edited with the rest of the scene.
But I really didn't care the technical part, because I was busy laughing at Dulcy's crazy ideas. I read in Imdb some reviews pointing out that this wasn't one of the best collaborations between King Vidor and Marion Davies. If that's so, I'm finally ready to give silent films a chance.