Blessed Event (1932) – Lee Tracy as Early Version of Winchell

Lee Tracy in Blessed Event

A look at Lee Tracy as the Walter Winchell inspired star of pre-Code classic Blessed Event (1932). Includes back story about the stage adaptation, movie casting and speedy film production, plus a bit about Walter Winchell himself, circa 1932.

Hot Saturday (1932) with Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll

Hot Saturday 1932 newspaper ad

Paramount pre-Code Hot Saturday (1932) stars Nancy Carroll with noted young leading men Cary Grant and Randolph Scott. Grant is especially good, but Scott not so hot. Includes history of original casting plans, which included Carole Lombard, and comparison to the later Columbia film Party Wire (1935).

Lady by Choice (1934) Starring Carole Lombard and May Robson

Lady by Choice 1934 newspaper ad

Columbia attempts to repeat May Robson’s success in Lady for a Day the following year in Lady by Choice with Carole Lombard. Without Frank Capra or Damon Runyon it’s not as colorful. Production Code enforcement pales it a bit more. Well acted and worth catching despite its flaws.

Black Fury (1935) – Paul Muni Stars in Another Ripped from the Headlines Story

Black Fury 1935 Paul Muni

Paul Muni stars as a mine worker who is duped into breaking the union in 1935′s Black Fury from Warner Bros. Post includes background about real-life John Barcoski murder from 1929 and other notes about the origins of the film.

Walter Pidgeon’s Long Road from Singer to Stardom

Walter Pidgeon 1951 Artisti Del Cinema Trading Card

Biography of Walter Pidgeon, best remembered as Greer Garson’s co-star in eight films including Mrs. Miniver and Madame Curie. It was a long road to stardom for Pidgeon, who began as a singer in the early 1920s before breaking out once and for all in 1941. A beloved Hollywood star since that time.