Such Men Are Dangerous
It might easily have lapsed into pure melodrama as the storyline is that of a typical romance novel. Instead, the performances of Bela Lugosi and Hedda Hopper and the use of spectacular aviation scenes turn Such Men Are Dangerous into a fascinating relic from the transition period when Hollywood switched from silent to sound cinema. The film is accompanied on the piano by composer Martin de Ruiter.
Kenneth Hawks’ bitter comical story revolves around the very rich and very unattractive businessman Ludwig Kranz who succeeds in marrying a beautiful young girl, Eleanor. When the bride flees on her wedding night, Kranz decides to stage a fatal plane crash and undergoes cosmetic surgery to assume a new identity. Transformed into ‘Pierre Villard’ he manages to win Eleanor’s heart.
Such Men are Dangerous was originally released in sound and silent versions. The various acting styles are a remarkable feature of the film: Hopper and Lugosi (already famous for his role as Count Dracula) still work with dramatic facial expressions to communicate shock or sorrow, while the acting of Albert Conti and Warner Baxter is more subdued.
Director Kenneth Hawks and members of the film crew were killed when their plane crashed during the shooting of Kranz’ parachute jump scene.