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.

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).

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.

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

Janet Leigh 1950s Florita Screen Artists

Preview and recommendations for October 2014 on Turner Classic Movies. Janet Leigh is Star of the Month and horror movies play throughout the month, but not any of the Universal classics. Highlights include mini-marathons of movies starring Tom Keene, Richard Dix, Sally Blane, and Lowell Sherman, plus films from producer William Le Baron and director John Francis Dillon.

Pre-Code eBook for Kindle Now Available

11 Pre Code Hollywood Movie Histories book

11 Pre-Code Hollywood Movie Histories: Early Depression-Era Melodramas, Adaptations, and Headline Stories Kindle eBook is now for sale. Includes two exclusive entries, For the Defense (1930) and Only Yesterday (1933). Articles about 11 pre-Code movies that variously look at source material, pre-production notes, casting changes, basic story and plot, the history behind any story elements unique to their time, brief biographies of key film players, and other relevant aspects of each film.