They Gave Him a Gun (1937) Starring Spencer Tracy, Gladys George, Franchot Tone

Franchot Tone Spencer Tracy Gladys George

Story of romance and brotherhood spread across a movie neatly divided between the war and gangster genres. They Gave Him a Gun stars Spencer Tracy, Gladys George, and Franchot Tone. Released as MOD DVD-R by Warner Archive.

TCM Preview & Recommendations for March 2015

Ann Sothern 1940s CBS Radio Press Photo

Preview and recommendations for March 2015 on Turner Classic Movies. Pick of the Month: Big City Blues (1932) on March 6. TCM’s Star of the Month is Ann Sothern. Other marathons feature Guy Kibbee, Robert Donat, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Granville Bates, and the Perry Mason movies.

Secret of the Chateau (1934) Universal Murder Mystery Starring Claire Dodd

Claire Dodd and Jack La Rue

Universal murder mystery with an excellent ensemble cast revolves around a Gutenberg Bible. Bonus material about the U.S. Library of Congress 1930 purchase of a Gutenberg Bible with funds that ultimately filled the coffers of a Nazi propagandist.

Blonde Crazy (1931) Starring James Cagney and Joan Blondell

James Cagney in Blonde Crazy

A wild pre-Code con man romp directed by Roy Del Ruth for Warner Bros. and featuring the great chemistry of James Cagney and Joan Blondell. Blonde Crazy released in November 1931. Supporting cast highlighted by Louis Calhern, Noel Francis, Guy Kibbee, Polly Walters, and a very young Ray Milland.

Lady and Gent (1932) Starring George Bancroft and Wynne Gibson

Wynne Gibson and George Bancroft

A washed-up fighter and a Prohibition-era nightclub hostess form an unlikely foster family for a 12-year-old orphan. Strong performances by George Bancroft and Wynne Gibson in Lady and Gent. Directed by Stephen Roberts. Academy Award nominated screenplay.

Captains Courageous (1937) Starring Freddie Bartholomew and Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew

MGM Golden Age classic Captains Courageous is highlighted by a heavily modernized and modified adaptation of Kipling’s novel that provides opportunity for Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew to shine in the leading roles.

The Man Who Played God (1932) Starring Mr. George Arliss

George Arliss in The Man Who Played God

George Arliss is a concert pianist who loses his hearing in an explosion. After learning to read lips he overcomes depression and despair by using his new talent to eavesdrop and help strangers overcome their own misfortune. With Bette Davis in an early supporting role.

A Yank at Eton (1942) Starring Mickey Rooney with Freddie Bartholomew

Freddie Bartholomew and Mickey Rooney

All-American boy Mickey Rooney is plucked from his native shores and set loose at Eton where he quickly runs afoul of his British classmates. A Yank at Eton (1942) pairs Rooney with Freddie Bartholomew for the final time.