I wrote this here last 16 March 2016:Donald Binks wrote:"Lonely Road" (1936) (Known in America as "Scotland Yard Commands") features Clive Brook as an ex-Navy Commander who harbours memories of a bad incident he was involved in during the war. He is well off and quite urbane and drives a natty little roadster - which in the opening of the film he operates whilst intoxicated. He ends up in the sand at the seaside and manages to witness a smuggling operation going on. He is hit over the head - and the rest of the film is taken up with him assisting Scotland Yard in catching the villains.
A lot of the story and plot in this film is absolute tripe and full of coincidences and sheer silliness - but we go along with it, because for the most part it is all quite well done and so, entertaining.
In his travels Clive Brook meets Victoria Hopper - she is the sister of the man who drove the lorry and who the police are after. She is a taxi-dancer at a Hop in Leeds. Being from Leeds one would expect a Yorkshire accent, but no, she talks freightfullay nacelay. Naturally, Mr. Brook becomes enamoured of her - and the picture goes along in this direction as well.
It is a compliment to the acting abilities of the cast and the direction of James Flood that despite some degree of ludicrousness, they got away with such an entertaining picture.
"... "Lonely Road" (1936) with Clive Brook, Victoria Hopper, Nora Swinburne, Malcolm Keen, Cecil Ramage, and others. Funny, I bought the re-release version of this film, I thought, though it turned out to be the original version (thank goodness!) You see, the cover of the version I bought is entitled "Scotland Yard Commands", so I thought I'd never seen this Clive Brook film. When I began watching it, I realized I'd just seen this about six or eight months ago, but I couldn't place where. Then I did some research and found that it's on the anthology DVD "The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection", volume 14. I have all 14 volumes of that series of films. What I had not done, however, was to catalogue the film in my database of films - for whatever reason. Anyway, I watched it again and enjoyed it, although I must admit that its plot is so preposterous as to be laughable if one thinks about it. If one doesn't, it's a good film. Just take my word for it - especially if you're a Clive Brook fan. If you're not, well, watch something else."