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.

J. Edgar Hoover’s Persons in Hiding (1939) With Patricia Morison

J Carrol Naish and Patricia Morison

A Bonnie and Clyde tale predating Gun Crazy (1950) by eleven years. Persons in Hiding is the first of four movies adapted from J. Edgar Hoover’s book of the same name. Electrifying debut by Patricia Morison with J. Carrol Naish strong opposite her.

Real-Life Society ‘Honor Slaying’ Inspires Two 1932 Films

Edward Allen shoots Francis Donaldson III

A look at two pre-Code courtroom melodramas, Unashamed and Two Against the World, compared to the sensational real-life society murder that inspired the movies. Unashamed stars Helen Twelvetrees, Robert Young, and Monroe Owsley, while Two Against the World stars Constance Bennett and Neil Hamilton.

The Cat and the Canary (1927) – Old Dark House Classic Starring Laura La Plante

Laura La Plante as Annabelle West

Settling in for silent old dark house classic The Cat and the Canary (1927) starring Laura La Plante. Same story as the 1939 movie with Bob Hope, though the earlier movie is more thriller than comedy.

White Woman (1933) Starring Charles Laughton and Carole Lombard

Charles Laughton and Carole Lombard

The boys play rough in White Woman (1933) with Charles Laughton and Charles Bickford upstaging Carole Lombard at every turn. Poor Kent Taylor seems to be more in peril than Lombard. Jungle terror from a Malaysian rubber plantation run by Laughton’s “King of the River.”

Luise Rainer, 1910-2014

Luise Rainer 1936 MGM promotional photo

Celebrating the long life and short peak of two-time Oscar winning actress Luise Rainer. Includes an appreciation of one of Rainer’s non-Oscar winning roles, her first several minutes opposite Spencer Tracy in Big City (1937).

Arsène Lupin (1932) Starring John and Lionel Barrymore

Arsene Lupin 1932 newspaper ad

John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore share the screen together for the first time in MGM’s Arsène Lupin (1932). Excellent mystery also includes strong work from Karen Morley.

Dark Hazard (1934) Starring Edward G. Robinson and Genevieve Tobin

Edward G Robinson and War Cry

Edward G. Robinson stars as a flawed yet likeable gambler who takes a shine to a champion greyhound in Dark Hazard, a 1934 pre-Code release from First National.