Paramount pre-Code Pick-Up (1933) is the first of three movies co-starring Sylvia Sidney and George Raft. Also features William Harrigan and Lilian Bond. Based on a story by Viña Delmar and directed by Sidney-regular Marion Gering.
Wild RKO pre-Code gem Are These Our Children? (1931) examines Prohibition-era youth gone wild. Includes brief biography of star Eric Linden. Also co-star Arline Judge.
Classic Movie Monthly #5 is now available from Immortal Ephemera. This number features an original essay about The Story of Temple Drake (1933), Paramount’s adaptation of Sanctuary by William Faulkner, starring Miriam Hopkins, Jack La Rue, and William Gargan. Additional articles this issue are about Snowed Under (1936) and H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), plus other regular features. This page reprints the Introduction to issue #5.
Biography of Miriam Hopkins (1902-1972), whose legacy should be her racy and sophisticated Paramount pre-Code output—not her feud with Bette Davis, or missing out on Gone With the Wind despite being Margaret Mitchell’s favorite for Scarlett O’Hara.
Ten authors spoil the broth in Paramount pre-Code The Woman Accused (1933) starring Nancy Carroll and Cary Grant. Featuring one shocking scene with Grant, Jack La Rue, and a rawhide whip.
Classic Movie Monthly #4 is now available from Immortal Ephemera. This number features an original essay about Remember the Night (1940) with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, plus additional articles about Sweepings (1933) and Love Finds Andy Hardy (1940), and other regular features. This page reprints the Introduction to issue #4.
Unraveling truth and myth in the life of character actor Stanley Fields. Born Walter L. Agnew, you’ll know him from Cimarron, Little Caesar (1931), Island of Lost Souls (1932), Algiers (1938), and several other major 1930s Hollywood releases.
Posted on December 9, 2016, Kirk Douglas’ one hundredth birthday. Archived posts including “The Centenarians,” TV Listings, and some Douglas favorites.
A brief biography of The Son of Kong star Helen Mack centered around her breakthrough role in RKO’s Sweepings earlier in 1933. With coverage of Mack as child star and explanation of how she reentered the movies in 1931.
Classic Movie Monthly #3 is now available from Immortal Ephemera. This number features an original essay about Born to Be Bad (1934) with Loretta Young and Cary Grant, plus additional articles about His Greatest Gamble (1934) and The Roaring Twenties (1939), and other regular features. This page reprints the Introduction to issue #3.