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Thank You Jeeves!/Step Lively, Jeeves (1936/1937; Fox)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: C+/C



Whenever you hear someone call someone else Jeeves, it may be a funny joke, but is also the name of a famous literary butler by P.G. Wodehouse.  For a recent generation, there was the British TV series and a now-defunct/renamed website that promised to answer questions in a Google-like fashion.  However, the character is a classic and 20th Century Fox has issued two British feature film adaptations with Arthur Treacher in the title role.


Thank You Jeeves! (1936, with Jeeves “helping” boss Wooster land a lady) and Step Lively, Jeeves (1937, with Jeeves going to the U.S.) were likely intended to be part of an ongoing B-movie series like so many that came from Hollywood, but as is the case with some of these series attempts, the second film is so dead-ended that a potential series is killed.  The first film is based on one of the original books, while the second is not.  The first film has David Niven, the second does not.  Niven was under contract elsewhere, one that Fox could not buy out.  Also, racial stereotypes date the films a bit, but they are worth a look since Treacher is so good, if not enough to continue the series on his own.


The 1.33 X 1 image on both films are nicely upgraded in all their black and white glory and nicely shot throughout.  They can show their age, but not as often as you might think.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is here in Mono and Stereo mixes that are both not bad.  Extras include restoration comparisons for both films, Thank You, P.G.: The Life Of P.G. Wodehouse featurette for the first film and The World Of Wodehouse featurette on the second film.  The case also has duplicate lobby cards in a nice envelope, which will make fans happy.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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