Underground

British director Anthony Asquith (Pygmalion, The Browning Version, The Winslow Boy) followed up his debut feature, Shooting Stars, with this 1928 romantic melodrama set around, and making imaginative use of, the London Underground. A rough-and-ready electrician (Cyril McLaglen) woos a beautiful shopgirl (Elissa Landi) but loses her to a more wholesome train porter (Brian Aherne); in revenge, McLaglen persuades his old girlfriend (the haunting Norah Baring) to falsely accuse his rival of having molested her. A few more title cards would have made this a lot easier to follow, but the film is most interesting for its visual extravagances in the escalators leading down to the tube and at a dark satanic power plant where the girlfriend goes to confront her ex. 87 min.

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