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.

Born to Be Bad (1934) – Preview #1 for Pre-Code eBook 2

Loretta Young and Jackie Kelk

A pre-Code entry released so late into the period that it was boycotted and even banned. Loretta Young plays another customer’s girl in Born to Be Bad, co-starring Cary Grant and Jackie Kelk. One of fewer than two dozen 20th Century Pictures entries before they merged with Fox Films.

Grant Mitchell – WHAT A CHARACTER! – Broadway to Hollywood, 1902-1948

Grant Mitchell in Wild Boys of the Road

Biography of prolific Hollywood character actor Grant Mitchell. His great-uncle was a US President and his father a famed Civil War General. Mitchell tried careers in law and the military, but eventually took to the stage where he began a slow rise to stardom in 1902.

H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941) – King Vidor Brings John P. Marquand Bestseller to Life

Robert Young and Hedy Lamarr

Comparing King Vidor’s adaptation of H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941) to the novel by John P. Marquand, and why both tellings are wonderful. Excellent performances from Robert Young and Hedy Lamarr trickle down throughout the entire cast, most of who are perfect representations of the characters Marquand created on the page. It’s a quiet story that tells a lot in the end.

Helen Twelvetrees – Biography of a Tragic Pre-Code Beauty & Talent

Helen Twelvetrees 1933 BAT World Famous Cinema Artistes

A biography of movie star Helen Twelvetrees, 1908-1958. Star of films such as Her Man (1930), Millie (1931), Young Bride, State’s Attorney (both 1932), and Unmarried (1939). Settle in for a 5,000-word biography before clicking over to the separate “Films of Helen Twelvetrees” post.

TCM Preview November 2014 – A Look Inside My Now Playing Guide

Pola Negri 1924 Godfrey Phillips

Preview and recommendations for November 2014 on Turner Classic Movies. Various silent stars in several major silent films stand in for the more traditional Star of the Month. Other highlights include a Joel McCrea birthday tribute and a marathon of The Whistler.

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), Universal Horror With Bela Lugosi

Murders in the Rue Morgue 1932 newspaper ad

Universal’s 1932 horror adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue made quite a few changes, the best of which was inclusion of Dr. Mirakle, the villain played by Bela Lugosi. Lugosi covered extensively, plus comparisons of the story to the film, and an overall positive appraisal of the movie as it was made. Except for the ape.