A look at actor Ricardo Cortez, subject of today’s TCM movie marathon and the new biography, The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez, by film historian Dan Van Neste.
A second look at pre-Code classic Three on a Match (1932) includes an appraisal of early Humphrey Bogart movies, contemporary reaction, and a checklist of stars. Plus Warren William.
Remembering Robert Osborne, 1932-2017, charming on-air host of Turner Classic Movies and influential film historian. Includes round-up of links to tributes and obituaries.
Ten recommendations of 1930s movies to watch on Turner Classic Movies in March 2017. Includes a capsule review of one of the ten, Under Eighteen (1931), with Marian Marsh, Regis Toomey, and Warren William.
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.