Lavish, tragic mural that owes its pizazz to Mamoulian's use of color and composition; BLOOD AND SAND is like watching the great Spanish Masters do animation. Remake of the great Valentino triumph seems a little flat, mainly because Power lacks the magnetism and danger of his predecessor.
Students of sex symbolism should have fun comparing Darnell and Hayworth, although both ladies are still a light year away from possessing the full extent of their erotic powers. Hayworth, who won Donna Sol over Maria Montez and because Carole Landis refused to dye her hair red, became a contender
for pin-up queen as a result of the film. As usual, she lacks the fatality of the...