For, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

One of the great romantic-movie teams at the end of the silent-movie era and into the early-sound period was the inimitable pairing of Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in a dozen films.

The last of their films together was "Change of Heart" (1934, b/w), which recently made its DVD debut on the Fox Cinema Archives label for manufacture-on-demand discs.

This is a story of four friends graduating from college in Los Angeles and making their way to New York to begin their adult lives.

Gaynor plays a hopeful writer who's in love with Farrell. But he's a lawyer hoping to land a job in a major firm that only has eyes for Ginger Rogers. She's an actress seeking stardom on Broadway and is too flighty to see what a catch Farrell is. And the fourth member of the crew is James Dunn, as a crooner looking for radio stardom who is in love with Gaynor.


         Charles Farrell, Janet Gaynor, 'Change of Heart'

"Change of Heart" is a soap opera, to be sure, but the stars have charm to spare, and Gaynor and Farrell have chemistry to burn.

And it's nice to see Rogers get a chance to steal scenes in an early dramatic role when she was on the cusp of hitting it big as Fred Astaire's dancing/romancing partner.

And look for moppet Shirley Temple in a minor supporting role just before she became a star with "Stand Up and Cheer!"