Classic Movie Reviews

All of my classic movie reviews are listed below with the most recent posts at the top of the list. I choose this as the default view because I like to think of my newest article as my best article. Some of the oldies aren't bad either, but you're much more likely to run into straight plot summaries or since revised opinion the deeper you get into this main list.

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If you are new to the site you will quickly notice that I mostly write about movies released during the 1930s. I'm especially fond of the early '30s pre-Code films, though I don't necessarily like every movie that I've written about. While I do cover the occasional Silent Film or sometimes work my way into the 1950s, I spend most of my spare time with the '30s stuff and the volume of those posts will reflect that.


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This list contains of my classic movie reviews sorted alphabetically by title. Posts featuring multiple reviews are, unfortunately, ordered only by the earliest title covered. The original date of my published post follows each title.

  • Paramount’s 24 Hours (1931) with Clive Brook, Kay Francis, Miriam Hopkins February 13, 2013
    24 Hours
    Paramount’s Marion Gering gives us Louis Bromfield’s 24 Hours (1931) in just 66 minutes. Featuring an alcoholic Clive Brook, fashionable Kay Francis and Miriam Hopkins belting out a pair of songs in a pre-Code drama ripe for rediscovery. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Robert Donat stars in Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (1935) July 28, 2009
    39 Steps, The
    Hitchcock brings action and adventure, mystery and romance to The 39 Steps (1935) starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Abandon Ship (1957) aka Seven Waves Away – Tyrone Power Commands This Lifeboat November 15, 2011
    Abandon Ship
    Abandon Ship (1957) aka Seven Waves Away stars Tyrone Power in command of an overcrowded lifeboat forced to make decisions over who deserves to live or die. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Adam Had Four Sons (1941) Starring Warner Baxter and Ingrid Bergman February 29, 2012
    Adam Had Four Sons
    A quiet little period piece until Susan Hayward arrives to fill it with sex, sin and hate, Adam Had Four Sons stars Warner Baxter with Ingrid Bergman in her second Hollywood role. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) Starring Fredric March March 31, 2012
    Adventures of Mark Twain, The
    A review of Warner Brothers 1944 biopic The Adventures of Mark Twain starring Fredric March whose performance rises above an uneven though interesting story. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) starring Errol Flynn April 23, 2009
    Adventures of Robin Hood, The
    Far from being simply the greatest swashbuckler since Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., and with all apologies to Tyrone Power fans, none to top him since, Flynn played in variety of roles, and played them well. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Eric Linden Comes of Age in MGM’s Ah, Wilderness! (1935) July 4, 2013
    Ah, Wilderness!
    Eric Linden loves Cecilia Parker in Ah, Wilderness! (1935), but his passion threatens to take him down the same road that has doomed Wallace Beery with Aline MacMahon. MGM adapts Eugene O’Neill’s “comedy of recollection.” Directed by Clarence Brown. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • MGM’s Hardy Family Series #7 – Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939) December 21, 2012
    Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever
    Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939) presents a less carefree Andy when he falls in love with his dramatics teacher played by former cellist Helen Gilbert. Starring Mickey Rooney and directed by W.S. “Woody” Van Dyke rather than series regular George B. Seitz. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • First Impressions: Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary (1941) September 1, 2010
    Andy Hardy's Private Secretary
    Brief first impressions of Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary (1941) written shortly after first viewing. Starring Mickey Rooney with the Hardy clan and Kathryn Grayson. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • First Impressions: Arrowsmith (1931) with Ronald Colman and Helen Hayes September 1, 2010
    Arrowsmith
    Brief first impressions of Arrowsmith (1931) written shortly after a first viewing. Starring Ronald Colman and Helen Hayes with Myrna Loy. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Arsene Lupin Returns (1938) starring Melvyn Douglas, Virginia Bruce, Warren William October 18, 2009
    Arsene Lupin Returns
    Brief notes are exactly that, just some stream of consciousness thoughts occurring during my most recent viewing of Arsene Lupin Returns. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Beast of the City (1932) starring Walter Huston and Wallace Ford February 27, 2009
    Beast of the City, The
    A review of an under appreciated 1932 pre-code classic, The Beast of the City, starring Walter Huston and with Jean Harlow. Illustrated with movie cards and collectibles, plus some still images. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Louise Brooks stars in William Wellman’s Beggars of Life (1928) June 22, 2009
    Beggars of Life
    Louise Brooks and Richard Arlen star in William Wellman’s Beggars of Life (1928) based on the novel by Jim Tully. Also starring Wallace Beery, a pre-Depression tale of hobo life. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Big City Blues (1932), Pre-Code Party in Depression Era New York June 26, 2013
    Big City Blues
    Eric Linden finds fun, trouble and Joan Blondell in Depression era New York in Warner Brothers Big City Blues (1932). Directed by Mervyn LeRoy with an unbilled supporting appearance by Humphrey Bogart along with several others. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • First Impressions: King Vidor’s The Big Parade (1925) July 10, 2013
    Big Parade, The
    Thoughts upon watching King Vidor’s 1925 epic of love and war, The Big Parade, for the first time. The MGM classic stars John Gilbert and Renee Adoree with Karl Dane and Tom O’Brien. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Black Fury (1935) – Paul Muni Stars in Another Ripped from the Headlines Story August 6, 2014
    Black Fury
    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. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Blessed Event (1932) – Lee Tracy as Early Version of Winchell August 21, 2014
    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. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Blondie Johnson (1933) Starring Joan Blondell and Chester Morris September 29, 2013
    Blondie Johnson
    Blondie Johnson (1933) stars Joan Blondell as Warner Brothers and First National’s “lady gangster” opposite Chester Morris. Directed by Ray Enright with a deep cast including Sterling Holloway, Allen Jenkins, Mae Busch, Toshia Mori, Arthur Vinton and Claire Dodd. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • First Impressions: Bright Leaf (1950) Starring Gary Cooper September 1, 2010
    Bright Leaf
    Brief first impressions of Bright Leaf (1950) written shortly after a first viewing. Starring Gary Cooper with Lauren Bacall and Patricia Neal. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Bright Leaf (1950), Gary Cooper Takes Over Big Tobacco September 13, 2011
    Bright Leaf
    Gary Cooper shines in “Bright Leaf” a story of tobacco in the late 19th century. Not so brilliant is Cooper’s love triangle with Lauren Bacall and Patricia Neal. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Frank Capra’s Broadway Bill (1934) Starring Warner Baxter and Myrna Loy June 17, 2014
    Broadway Bill
    A look at Frank Capra’s follow-up to It Happened One Night, the 1934 holiday release Broadway Bill starring Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy and a horse named Broadway Bill. With comparison to 1950 remake Riding High and explanation of why Bill wound up out of circulation until 1992. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Call Her Savage (1932) Stars Clara Bow as Pre-Code Dynamite July 29, 2011
    Call Her Savage
    Celebrating my favorite movie starring the ‘It Girl’ Clara Bow, the talkie Call Her Savage, a 1932 pre-code release from Fox. With Gilbert Roland, Monroe Owsley, Thelma Todd, and Estelle Taylor among others. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Captain Blood (1935) Action Energized by Errol Flynn and Korngold’s Score August 12, 2010
    Captain Blood
    A look at my own favorite action adventure movie of all time, Captain Blood starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, both in breakout roles. A tale of piracy, slavery, patriotism and romance, Korngold’s score keeps you cheering for Blood throughout. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Cheela the Ape stars in Captive Wild Woman with John Carradine October 28, 2009
    Captive Wild Woman
    John Carradine’s first horror lead, “Captive Wild Woman” (1943) from Universal has definite roots in one of that company’s staples, the classic “Frankenstein” … Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Cass Timberlane (1947) starring Spencer Tracy and Lana Turner May 9, 2010
    Cass Timberlane
    MGM’s Cass Timberlane (1947) stars Spencer Tracy in the title role, features an excellent performance by Lana Turner. After a promising first hour a couple of key plot points are rushed and the quality suffers in the second half of the film. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Best Picture Cavalcade (1933) Sets Stage for Upstairs, Downstairs and Beyond July 16, 2013
    Cavalcade
    Looking at the 1934 Academy Award winning Best Picture, Hollywood-made Cavalcade (1933) based on Noel Coward’s hit London play. Fans of Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey will find themselves in a familiar place. Piece also includes brief biographies of Cavalcade stars Diana Wynyard, Herbert Mundin and Ursula Jeans. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • China Seas (1935) starring Clark Gable and Jean Harlow March 3, 2010
    China Seas
    The Clark Gable and Jean Harlow teaming peaks in China Seas, the 4th of their 6 MGM pairings, a tale of love and piracy at sea also starring Wallace Beery and Rosalind Russell. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • City Streets (1931) Starring Gary Cooper and Sylvia Sidney February 8, 2014
    City Streets
    A look at the most stylized of the 1931 gangster movies, Rouben Mamoulian’s City Streets (1931) from Paramount, starring Gary Cooper and Sylvia Sidney. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Clear All Wires! (1933) – Journalism in Classic Film Blogathon September 23, 2013
    Clear All Wires!
    MGM’s Clear All Wires! (1933) finds foreign correspondent Lee Tracy butting heads with the Soviet secret police in Russia, 1932. Una Merkel and Benita Hume co-star. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Cecil B. DeMille’s Cleopatra (1934) Starring Claudette Colbert January 14, 2012
    Cleopatra
    A look at Cecil B. DeMille’s lavish 1934 production of Cleopatra starring Claudette Colbert as Cleopatra. With Warren William and Henry Wilcoxon. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Conquerors (1932) Starring Richard Dix and Ann Harding November 18, 2010
    Conquerors, The
    I watched a pair of Richard Dix films this week, the Oscar winning Cimarron from 1931 and The Conquerors released the following year. This review focuses on the film I liked better. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Constant Nymph (1943) Starring Joan Fontaine and Charles Boyer August 7, 2013
    Constant Nymph, The
    Concentrating on Joan Fontaine’s wonderful performance as teenage Tessa in The Constant Nymph (1943) with a look at the literary origins of the story and resulting complications in making the title available for public consumption. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947) and the Hollywood Gossip Columnists February 11, 2013
    Corpse Came C.O.D., The
    Columbia’s The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947) was the most interesting of my blizzard viewing, though not because of stars George Brent and Joan Blondell but the quick flashes of Hollywood Gossip Columnists which helped put faces to a few more names. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Crime Doctor (1943) Starring Warner Baxter with Dr. Ordway’s Origins May 16, 2012
    Crime Doctor
    The origins of the Crime Doctor are revealed in this first of ten movies starring Warner Baxter as Dr. Robert Ordway. Origins of the series from radio and possibly a previous Columbia release are also explained in this look at Columbia’s Crime Doctor (1943) Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Warner Baxter as The Crime Doctor: A Crime Doctor Episode Guide May 24, 2012
    Crime Doctor
    A guide to the individual entries to Columbia’s Crime Doctor mystery series of the 1940’s. Each of the ten films star Warner Baxter. Packed with details yet spoiler free. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Criminal Code (1931) Starring Walter Huston with Boris Karloff April 5, 2011
    Criminal Code, The
    A spoiler-free look at Howard Hawks’ The Criminal Code starring Walter Huston and providing Boris Karloff with his most important role to date. With a special focus on Phillips Holmes. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger (1935) June 12, 2011
    David Copperfield
    A look at MGM’s 1935 production of the Charles Dickens classic David Copperfield starring Freddie Bartholomew and WC Fields. Includes notes and quotes from David O. Selznick and George Cukor about production and casting, a brief outline of the film and its many characters, the latter highlighted by a biography of of the obscure Lennox ...
  • Lon Chaney, Jr. in Dead Man’s Eyes (1944) – An Inner Sanctum Mystery November 18, 2013
    Dead Man's Eyes
    Lon Chaney, Jr. stars in Dead Man’s Eyes, an Inner Sanctum Mystery from Universal in 1944. Posted for the Chaney Blogathon. Article also includes a separate section about mysterious co-star Acquanetta. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Death on the Diamond (1934) – Baseball, Murder and Robert Young July 7, 2013
    Death on the Diamond
    MGM’s baseball murder mystery Death on the Diamond (1934) stars Robert Young and Madge Evans. A decent mystery and a strong baseball movie at the same time. Directed by Edward Sedgwick and also featuring David Landau, Paul Kelly, Nat Pendleton and Ted Healy. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Devil and the Deep (1932) Starring Charles Laughton and Tallulah Bankhead May 24, 2011
    Devil and the Deep
    A detailed look at Paramount’s Devil and the Deep (1932) starring Tallulah Bankhead and Gary Cooper, with Cary Grant and introducing Charles Laughton to American audiences as the paranoid submarine commander. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Devil Is a Sissy (1936) Starring Freddie Bartholomew, Jackie Cooper, Mickey Rooney February 9, 2012
    Devil Is a Sissy, The
    A somewhat bizarre gem released by MGM in 1936 The Devil Is a Sissy features Freddie Bartholomew, Jackie Cooper and Mickey Rooney hitting their teens and finding trouble on the East Side. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Devil’s Holiday (1930) Starring Nancy Carroll September 20, 2013
    Devil's Holiday, The
    A look at early Paramount talkie The Devil’s Holiday (1930). Written and directed by Edmund Goulding, but saved from being stale by Nancy Carroll’s Academy Award nominated performance. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Diamond Jim (1935) starring Edward Arnold as Diamond Jim Brady June 30, 2009
    Diamond Jim
    Based on the biography “Diamond Jim, The Life and Times of James Buchanan Brady” published a year earlier by Parker Morell this uneven though still enjoyable comedy was brought to the screen by Universal through a Preston Sturges script under the direction of Eddie Sutherland. Starring Edward Arnold as Diamond Jim Brady. Share this:Like ...
  • A Dispatch from Reuters (1940) – Plus the Real Reuter vs. Edward G. Robinson July 18, 2011
    Dispatch from Reuters, A
    Edward G. Robinson stars as the entrepreneur behind A Dispatch from Reuters (1940), a Warner Brothers’ biopic whose message is progress and knowledge through a smaller world. Plus a look at the real Reuter compared to the Edward G. Robinson character of the movie. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Walter Huston is Dodsworth (1936) with Ruth Chatterton and Mary Astor April 14, 2010
    Dodsworth
    Water Huston plays perhaps his finest role when he brings his Sam Dodsworth from the stage to the screen for Sam Goldwyn under William Wyler’s direction. Winner of 1 Oscar, nominated for 6 more, Dodsworth gives us a peek at the complicated married life of a middle-aged couple. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Don’t Bet on Blondes (1935) Starring Warren William and Claire Dodd November 23, 2013
    Don't Bet on Blondes
    Warner Brothers Don’t Bet on Blondes (1935) features solid work by Warren William as bookmaker turned freak insurance man, Claire Dodd cast against type as his love interest and Guy Kibbee giving the strongest performance of the bunch as Dodd’s father, who takes out a policy against his daughter’s marriage. It is also Errol Flynn’s ...
  • The Doorway to Hell (1930) Starring Lew Ayres and James Cagney April 21, 2012
    Doorway to Hell, The
    A deep look at the early gangster movie The Doorway to Hell (1930) with focus on stars Lew Ayres, James Cagney and Dorothy Mathews. Warner Brothers precursor to Little Caesar and The Public Enemy. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Double Wedding (1937) Starring William Powell and Myrna Loy May 26, 2010
    Double Wedding
    Double Wedding proves that not all William Powell and Myrna Loy pairings are created equally, mark this one off as better than average which sets the bar quite high. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Down to the Sea in Ships (1922) – Whaling Action and Clara Bow July 4, 2012
    Down to the Sea in Ships
    I agree, Clara Bow steals Down to the Sea in Ships, though the whaling and action sequences at sea stand out more while watching. Raymond McKee is strong. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Downstairs (1932) Starring John Gilbert, From a Story by John Gilbert September 26, 2014
    Downstairs
    Despite its poor reception in 1932, today Downstairs is often pointed to as John Gilbert’s best talkie and further evidence that his voice was not poor. A look at some key scenes with Virginia Bruce and Paul Lukas, plus just how bad of a guy was Gilbert’s Karl? Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Dr. Monica (1934) Starring Kay Francis, Warren William and Jean Muir August 20, 2012
    Dr. Monica
    A look at Dr. Monica (1934), a pre-code Kay Francis film featuring a strong performance by Jean Muir. Also starring Verree Teasdale and Warren William. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Dracula (1931) – Bela Lugosi and the Dark, Still Chilling October 22, 2012
    Dracula
    Matching the Universal horror classic Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi against non-genre films of 1931 and turning perceived weaknesses into strengths. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Eleven Men and a Girl (1930) starring Joan Bennett and Joe E. Brown May 10, 2011
    Eleven Men and a Girl
    Joan Bennett’s early career with a focus on Eleven Men and a Girl aka Maybe It’s Love, a 1930 Warner Brothers football comedy directed by William Wellman and co-starring Joe E. Brown and the College Football All Americans. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Employees’ Entrance (1933) starring Warren William and the Franklin-Monroe Department Store February 7, 2011
    Employees' Entrance
    A detailed look at First National’s Employees’ Entrance, an early 1933 pre-code release starring Warren William with Loretta Young and Wallace Ford. A look inside the Franklin-Monroe Department Store at a time when Hoover was a lame duck and the Great Depression was crushing the economy. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Evergreen (1934) – Gaumont British Musical Starring Jessie Matthews March 22, 2013
    Evergreen
    My first experience with Jessie Matthews. This American discovers EVERGREEN (1934) for the first time and finds a new favorite. 2,000 words, with images. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Edward Arnold as Blind Detective Duncan Maclain in Eyes in the Night (1942) May 15, 2009
    Eyes in the Night
    Edward Arnold stars in the first of two Duncan Maclain films, Eyes in the Night (1942), as the blind detective who claims darkness as his kingdom. With Ann Harding, Donna Reed, Reginald Denny, Allen Jenkins, and Mantan Moreland. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • A Family Affair (1937) Introduces Judge Hardy’s Family September 10, 2010
    Family Affair, A
    A look at A Family Affair, the first installment of the Hardy Family series of movies released in 1937. While Mickey Rooney is on the scene as Andy Hardy, we have Lionel Barrymore playing Judge Hardy as well as some other casting we’re not used too. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Farmer’s Daughter (1947) Starring Loretta Young and Joseph Cotten January 31, 2013
    Farmer's Daughter, The
    A look at romance set in the world of politics in RKO’s The Farmer’s Daughter (1947) featuring Loretta Young in her Oscar winning performance. Also starring Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore and Charles Bickford, directed by H.C. Potter. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Five and Ten (1931) Starring Marion Davies and Leslie Howard October 6, 2014
    Five and Ten
    From a novel by Fannie Hurst, MGM’s Five and Ten stars Marion Davies and Leslie Howard, but this tale of the nouveau riche is at its weakest during their scenes. Strong support from Richard Bennett, Irene Rich, and Kent Douglass should have been even stronger. A recent MOD DVD-R release from Warner Archive. Share this:Like this:Like ...
  • Five Star Final (1931) Starring Edward G. Robinson December 14, 2013
    Five Star Final
    Mervyn LeRoy’s Five Star Final (1931) stars Edward G. Robinson as the managing editor of a trashy New York newspaper that resurrects a 20-year-old murder case for circulation. A Warner Bros.-First National production adapted from the play by Louis Weitzenkorn. Also starring Marian Marsh, H.B. Warner, Frances Starr, Boris Karloff and Aline MacMahon. Share this:Like this:Like ...
  • Flesh (1932) Starring Wallace Beery and Karen Morley May 8, 2012
    Flesh
    John Ford directed Flesh (1932) for MGM with Wallace Beery starring as a German wrestler and Karen Morley giving an outstanding performance as the shady girl he loves. With Ricardo Cortez. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • More on That Forsyte Woman (1949), Especially an Altogether Different Errol Flynn September 30, 2010
    Forsyte Woman, That
    A quick look at That Forsyte Woman (1949), a Greer Garson MGM feature where Errol Flynn steals the show playing against type with more skill than I would have expected. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • A Free Soul (1931) starring Norma Shearer and Lionel Barrymore January 30, 2009
    Free Soul, A
    Norma Shearer stars in A Free Soul with Lionel Barrymore and Clark Gable. A brief review of the film accompanied by some glimpses of movie collectibles. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Fritz Lang’s Fury (1936) Starring Spencer Tracy and Sylvia Sidney May 20, 2009
    Fury
    Spencer Tracy breaks out in Fritz Lang’s Fury from MGM in 1936. MGM gives Tracy his most important role to date in Fury, co-starring Sylvia Sidney. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • G Men (1935) – The James Cagney Blogathon April 10, 2013
    G Men
    A look at Warner Brothers’ G MEN (1935) starring James Cagney, this time as the good guy. Based on several real incidents and infamous names, it’s the movie that began the G-Men cycle of films. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Gallant Sons (1940) Starring Jackie Cooper, Bonita Granville and Gene Reynolds December 29, 2012
    Gallant Sons
    MGM gives Hardy director George B. Seitz a different group of kids for GALLANT SONS, a 1940 murder mystery starring Jackie Cooper, Bonita Granville and Gene Reynolds. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Gambling Lady (1934) for the Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon July 19, 2013
    Gambling Lady
    Barbara Stanwyck plays honestly in Gambling Lady (1934), even when she has to overcome her husband’s former flame, Claire Dodd. With Joel McCrea and Pat O’Brien. Directed by Archie Mayo for Warner Brothers, 1934. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Gentleman’s Fate (1931) Starring John Gilbert and Louis Wolheim as Unlikely Brothers March 28, 2014
    Gentleman's Fate
    Gentleman’s Fate (1931) is an MGM gangster effort overshadowed by the relationship between the John Gilbert and Louis Wolheim characters. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy with good work from Anita Page as well. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Going Highbrow (1935) With Guy Kibbee, ZaSu Pitts, Edward Everett Horton February 16, 2012
    Going Highbrow
    A look at the 1935 Warner Brothers comedy Going Highbrow includes a June Martel biographical aside. Plus how Guy Kibbee was discovered and Gordon Westcott’s untimely death later that same year. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Government Girl (1943) Starring Olivia de Havilland and Sonny Tufts May 11, 2012
    Government Girl
    Olivia de Havilland is Smokey Allard in RKO’s Government Girl (1943). Far from perfect and suffering greatly in comparison to other home front titles such as The More the Merrier, Government Girl is still an interesting slice of history. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941) – King Vidor Brings John P. Marquand Bestseller to Life November 14, 2014
    H.M. Pulham, Esq.
    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 ...
  • The Half Naked Truth (1932) Starring Lee Tracy and Lupe Velez September 17, 2012
    Half-Naked Truth, The
    Lee Tracy takes Lupe Velez from carny hooch dancer to Broadway star in Gregory La Cava’s The Half Naked Truth (1932) for RKO. Also starring Frank Morgan and Eugene Pallette Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • MGM’s Hardy Family Series #6 – The Hardys Ride High (1939) December 18, 2012
    Hardys Ride High, The
    In The Hardys Ride High (1939), the sixth movie of MGM’s Hardy Family series, Judge Hardy and family fly to Detroit to claim a two million dollar inheritance. Andy Hardy sets his sights on a showgirl and Aunt Milly may have found love at last. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • RKO’s Hell’s Highway (1932) Beats Other Chain Gang Movie to Theaters January 23, 2013
    Hell's Highway
    It’s tempting to call RKO’s Hell’s Highway (1932) a knockoff on I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang. However the Richard Dix movie came first. A long essay looking at Hell’s Highway, Dix, the Etude Ethiopian Chorus and that other Chain Gang movie. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Her Man (1930) Starring Helen Twelvetrees and Phillips Holmes May 21, 2013
    Her Man
    Tay Garnett’s Her Man from Pathe is an overlooked pre-Code classic starring Helen Twelvetrees in the first screen adaptation of the Frankie and Johnny ballad. With Phillips Holmes, Ricardo Cortez and Marjorie Rambeau. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • His Greatest Gamble (1934) Starring Richard Dix April 21, 2014
    His Greatest Gamble
    RKO’s His Greatest Gamble (1934) successfully offers Richard Dix one of his most dramatic roles as the carefree father of a girl whose mother keeps her under the strictest control. Also starring Dorothy Wilson, Erin O’Brien-Moore, Bruce Cabot and Edith Fellows. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Hot Saturday (1932) with Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll August 13, 2014
    Hot Saturday
    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). Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • A House Divided (1931) – Walter Huston Stars in Early Talkie from William Wyler July 23, 2014
    House Divided, A
    This early talkie from legendary director William Wyler stars Walter Huston as the father of meek Kent Douglass, who falls in love with Dad’s mail-order bride, Helen Chandler. Excellent work from Huston as always with surprising heat and chemistry from the two young co-stars. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • How Green Was My Valley (1941) and the Black Slag of Time April 8, 2013
    How Green Was My Valley
    Like Roddy McDowall I find myself focused on Donald Crisp throughout the Academy Award winning How Green Was My Valley (1941). Labor unrest invades the valley and Crisp’s once stable world changes. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Human Comedy (1943) Starring Mickey Rooney August 13, 2013
    Human Comedy, The
    An old movie I found a bit too old-fashioned, though Mickey Rooney does give one of his best performances in MGM’s The Human Comedy (1943). Story by William Saroyan. Produced and directed by Clarence Brown. Also includes strong acting from Frank Morgan and James Cra Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Kay Francis and Ian Hunter in I Found Stella Parish (1935) March 31, 2010
    I Found Stella Parish
    Kay Francis and Ian Hunter both do good work in Warner Brothers’ I Found Stella Parish (1935). I’m just wondering if I’m supposed to walk away liking either of their characters? Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • I Married a Doctor (1936) Attempts to Update Main Street March 14, 2014
    I Married a Doctor
    Main Street by Sinclair Lewis was published in 1920. In 1936 Warner Bros. attempted to update the Lewis story with I Married a Doctor, starring Josephine Hutchinson and Pat O’Brien. The movie is entertaining but it is no Main Street choosing to focus more on the love angle than it does Carol’s battle against the ...
  • I Married a Witch (1942) Starring Fredric March and Veronica Lake September 4, 2011
    I Married a Witch
    Rene Clair’s I Married a Witch (1942), starring Fredric March and Veronica Lake, brings equal parts comedy, romance and fantasy to a story that later influenced the television series Bewitched. Fans will note a definite similarity. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • In Old Chicago (1937) starring Power, Ameche, Faye, with a Biographical Aside about Oscar Winner Alice Brady August 18, 2010
    In Old Chicago
    In Old Chicago (1937) shows off young 20th Century-Fox players Tyrone Power, Don Ameche and Alice Faye to great advantage, but it was Alice Brady who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. After an introduction to the film this post includes a brief biography of Brady who portrayed Molly O’Leary. Share this:Like this:Like ...
  • Tyrone Power and Alice Faye – In Old Chicago (1937), Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938) and Rose of Washington Square (1939) May 5, 2014
    In Old Chicago
    Tyrone Power and Alice Faye shared a May 5 birthday and shared early fame in hit movies In Old Chicago (1937), Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938) and Rose of Washington Square (1939). This post looks at the hit Twentieth Century-Fox team and each of their three movies together. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Peggy Hopkins Joyce, W.C. Fields, et al., in Paramount’s International House (1933) February 2, 2010
    International House
    International House, billed in its day as The Grand Hotel of comedy, found Eddie Sutherland directing a cast headed by W.C. Fields, Burns and Allen, and Bela Lugosi, with top bill actually going to socialite Peggy Hopkins Joyce in what was the final film of her sporadic movie career.  The films’ everyman is played by ...
  • The Invisible Ray (1936) starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi October 22, 2009
    Invisible Ray, The
    Brief notes are exactly that, just some stream of consciousness thoughts occurring during my most recent viewing of The Invisible Ray with Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • It Happened in Hollywood (1937) Starring Richard Dix and Fay Wray April 25, 2012
    It Happened in Hollywood
    Richard Dix plays cowboy star Tim Bart of the silent screen in It Happened in Hollywood (1937). The problem for Dix and his leading lady, played by Fay Wray, is that talkies have arrived to disrupt their lives. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Big Cast in MGM’s 1951 anthology It’s a Big Country May 15, 2010
    It's a Big Country
    8 uneven vignettes makes up the disappointing 1951 American Anthology, It’s a Big Country. Big stars-Gary Cooper, Fredric March, William Powell-little ideas. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • RKO’s Jalna (1935) Inspires Craving for More Mazo de la Roche January 15, 2013
    Jalna
    Jessie Ralph plays 99 year old Gran in RKO’s 1935 movie adaptation of Jalna, the first of the Mazo de la Roche Whiteoaks novels. Also starring Kay Johnson, Ian Hunter and David Manners. Directed by John Cromwell. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Jewel Robbery (1932) – Kay Francis and William Powell for a Sixth Time November 28, 2011
    Jewel Robbery
    A look at Jewel Robbery (1932), a unique heist-romance from Warner Brothers starring William Powell and Kay Francis. It’s a sophisticated yet often silly and almost always sinful pre-code classic. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • James Cagney is Jimmy the Gent (1934) July 16, 2014
    Jimmy the Gent
    James Cagney stars in Warner Bros. fast-paced Jimmy the Gent (1934), made all the faster by Cagney’s own frenzied performance. Bette Davis co-stars in an underwhelming role while Alan Dinehart excels in his part as rival “Heir Chaser.” Directed by Michael Curtiz and also featuring Allen Jenkins and Alice White. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Johnny Apollo (1940) starring Tyrone Power and Dorothy Lamour August 25, 2012
    Johnny Apollo
    Tyrone Power stars as Johnny Apollo (1940) for Henry Hathaway at 20th Century Fox. The film fits nicely between the 1930’s gangster cycle and later film noir. With Dorothy Lamour and Lloyd Nolan. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • MGM’s Hardy Family Series #8 – Judge Hardy and Son (1939) July 27, 2013
    Judge Hardy and Son
    The eighth entry in the Hardy family series, Judge Hardy and Son, sees one family member struck down with illness, three Universal horror actors in supporting roles and Andy’s hunt for a girl whose middle name begins with the letter “V.” Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • MGM’s Hardy Family Series #3 – Judge Hardy’s Children (1938) December 1, 2012
    Judge Hardy's Children
    The third entry of the Hardy Family series, Judge Hardy’s Children (1938), finds Judge Hardy called to Washington DC. Andy is interested in a French diplomat’s daughter, while Marian falls in with the wrong crowd. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Kind Lady (1935) Starring Aline MacMahon and Basil Rathbone June 12, 2012
    Kind Lady
    A look at Kind Lady from origins as Hugh Walpole story The Silver Mask, through Edward Chodorov’s stage adaptation and both film versions, especially the earlier 1935 film starring Aline MacMahon and Basil Rathbone. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Brief Impressions: King for a Night (1933) – Big Hearted Herbert (1934) and Father Is a Prince (1941) – Confessions of Boston Blackie (1941) January 17, 2014
    King for a Night
    Enjoying a key scene between Chester Morris and Grant Mitchell in King for a Night (1933) leads to more Morris in a Boston Blackie entry plus Mitchell’s own starring vehicle, Father Is a Prince (1941), itself a remake of Big Hearted Herbert (1934), which is also discussed. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Kings Row (1942) with Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan August 5, 2012
    Kings Row
    A look at the darker side of Kings Row (1942) starring Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan. Some think it’s not dark enough Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Lady by Choice (1934) Starring Carole Lombard and May Robson August 11, 2014
    Lady by ChoiceLady by Choice
    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. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Larceny, Inc. (1942) starring Edward G. Robinson and Jane Wyman March 19, 2009
    Larceny, Inc.
    Previewing Larceny, Inc. (1942) which airs on TCM tonight at 6:15 EST. Star-studded gangster comedy stars Edward G. Robinson and Broderick Crawford with Jane Wyman. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Last Flight (1931) – John Monk Saunders Hijacks Hemingway’s Lost Generation September 7, 2014
    Last Flight, The
    Upon publication reviews called John Monk Saunders anything from a hack to a plagiarist when his Single Lady cashed in as an inferior version of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Adapted as The Last Flight, Saunders’s story emerges as perhaps the best of any film about The Lost Generation. Directed by William Dieterle, with excellent ...
  • Ronald Colman is The Late George Apley (1947) May 4, 2009
    Late George Apley, The
    In “The Late George Apley” we join the title character, played by Ronald Colman, in the Boston of 1912 … Apley, member of a Bostonian family dating back … Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Laughing Sinners (1931) With Joan Crawford, Neil Hamilton, Clark Gable March 17, 2012
    Laughing Sinners
    Laughing Sinners (1931) allows Joan Crawford to dance twice, stars her with Neil Hamilton, tries to give Clark Gable a break,and sees Guy Kibbee reprise his breakthrough Broadway role on screen. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Lawyer Man (1932) Starring William Powell and Joan Blondell August 23, 2011
    Lawyer Man
    Warner Brothers’ Lawyer Man (1932) starring William Powell and Joan Blondell is one of a series of pre-code era lawyer films. Loosely based on the life and style of real-life mouthpiece William J. Fallon. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Freddie Bartholomew is Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) March 28, 2012
    Little Lord Fauntleroy
    A look at Selznick International’s faithful 1936 screen adaptation of Little Lord Fauntleroy starring Freddie Bartholomew and C. Aubrey Smith. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • First Impressions: Little Men (1940) Starring Kay Francis January 19, 2013
    Little Men
    The RKO released Little Men (1940) starring Kay Francis as Jo is inferior sequel to Little Women (1933) but enjoyable tale of swindlers George Bancroft and Jack Oakie. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • First Impressions: Little Women (1933) Starring Katharine Hepburn January 19, 2013
    Little Women
    RKO’s classic Little Women (1933) starring Katharine Hepburn as Jo Marsh with Joan Bennett, Frances Dee and Jean Parker as her sisters. Some notes based on the first time I watched the movie. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Tyrone Power breaking out in Lloyd’s of London (1936) January 17, 2010
    Lloyd's of London
    Tyrone Power has his breakout role in Twentieth Century-Fox’s Lloyd’s of London (1936), directed by Henry King and starring Madeleine Carroll and Sir Guy Standing. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Lost Squadron (1932) Starring Richard Dix, With Erich von Stroheim June 17, 2013
    Lost Squadron, The
    RKO’s The Lost Squadron (1932) is a war movie that isn’t a war movie. Veterans return home to find work as Hollywood stunt fliers under Erich von Stoheim’s command. Starring Richard Dix, Robert Armstrong, Joel McCrea, Hugh Herbert, Mary Astor and Dorothy Jordan. Directed by George Archainbaud. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • MGM’s Hardy Family Series #4 – Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) December 8, 2012
    Love Finds Andy Hardy
    The fourth entry of the Hardy Family series, Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), introduces Judy Garland as Betsy Booth. Andy dates Lana Turner as a favor to friend Beezy in this Christmastime set entry in series. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Lust for Gold (1949) Starring Ida Lupino and Glenn Ford August 2, 2011
    Lust for Gold
    Glenn Ford and Ida Lupino star in Columbia’s answer to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1949’s Lust for Gold. Also featuring Gig Young and a host of character actors. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Lust for Life (1956) – Van Gogh from Irving Stone to Kirk Douglas May 25, 2014
    Lust for Life
    Irving Stone’s novel Lust for Life from rejections through 1934 publication and compared to Kirk Douglas’ eventual portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in the 1956 film directed by Vincente Minnelli. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942), Universal Horror With Lionel Atwill October 20, 2014
    Mad Doctor of Market Street, The
    An early B movie from director Joseph H. Lewis, The Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942) is a minor Universal horror entry highlighted by horror icon Lionel Atwill’s performance. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Peter Lorre stars in MGM’s Mad Love (1935) October 6, 2009
    Mad Love
    The madness of Peter Lorre’s Doctor Gogol in MGM’s Mad Love places him more within the realm of Doestoevsky’s Raskalnikov than it does with traditional monsters of the flesh Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Gladys George Is Madame X (1937), Plus Brief Biography August 25, 2014
    Madame X
    A history of Madame X concentrates on the 1937 film version starring Gladys George. Includes a biography of Gladys George with comparison to Ruth Chatterton’s 1929 performance. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Reflections after The Magic Box – What classic movies inspire you? September 7, 2009
    Magic Box, The
    The Magic Box is time well spent throughout … In this biopic Robert Donat plays William Friese-Greene, professional photographer turned inventor, who … Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Man Wanted (1932) – Charles Kenyon Updates The Office Wife (1930) June 20, 2013
    Man Wanted
    A look at the similarities between Man Wanted (1932) and The Office Wife (1930) with a brief focus on Charles Kenyon who wrote each screenplay. Man Wanted stars Kay Francis and David Manners. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935) Starring Sylvia Sidney with Melvyn Douglas October 26, 2012
    Mary Burns, Fugitive
    Sylvia Sidney stars in Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935) her first film under contract to Walter Wanger for Paramount. Introduces Alan Baxter as gangster Babe Wilson. Also featuring Melvyn Douglas, Wallace Ford, Brian Donlevy and Pert Kelton. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Early Frank Capra on TCM today, we go earlier with The Matinee Idol (1928) May 18, 2009
    Matinee Idol, The
    Frank Capra silent feature The Matinee Idol is a great way to introduce yourself to Bessie Love who gives a fantastic performance as a local hick actor brought to Broadway for laughs … and tears. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Men Against the Sky (1940) – Richard Dix’s Ace of Aces Goes Modern October 15, 2014
    Men Against the Sky
    The public was air-minded when RKO released Men Against the Sky (1940), an exciting “B” film starring former “Ace of Aces” Richard Dix, with Kent Taylor, Wendy Barrie, and Edmund Lowe. A look at why the public was so fascinated by flying at that time, and how the four stars and other elements of the ...
  • Merrily We Go to Hell starring Fredric March and Sylvia Sidney April 22, 2009
    Merrily We Go to Hell
    “Merrily We Go to Hell,” a 1932 Paramount production starring Fredric March and Sylvia Sidney, is one of 6 movies featured in the Pre-Code Hollywood Collection released earlier this month by Universal. Nothing I love more than a good pre-code movie, except a whole box set of them, and bonus for me, I’d never seen any ...
  • Midnight Mary (1933) Starring Loretta Young, Ricardo Cortez, Franchot Tone January 9, 2013
    Midnight Mary
    William Wellman directs and Loretta Young stars in MIDNIGHT MARY (1933) a fast-paced MGM pre-code movie that inherits a Warner Brothers feel from director, cinematographer and star. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Helen Twelvetrees is Millie (1931) – With Joan Blondell and Lilyan Tashman January 9, 2014
    Millie
    Helen Twelvetrees stars in pre-Code sizzler Millie (1931). Millie leaves her husband after she catches him cheating and she puts monogamy behind her once her boyfriend is caught with another woman too. Can Millie be an independent woman in 1931 and protect her daughter from an even more perilous relationship? Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Mole People (1956) starring John Agar and Hugh Beaumont July 28, 2011
    Mole People, The
    Sci-fi stalwart John Agar stars in Universal-International’s The Mole People (1956). An underrated fifites science fiction movie with some good, and bad, visuals. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Mouthpiece (1932) – Warren William Becomes a Star; 1932 William J. Fallon Cycle Begins September 9, 2014
    Mouthpiece, The
    Warren William has his breakthrough role in The Mouthpiece, first and best of the 1932 cycle of William J. Fallon inspired lawyer films. Background on Fallon and his legacy included. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • First Impressions: Mrs. Parkington (1944) with Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon September 1, 2010
    Mrs. Parkington
    Brief first impressions of Mrs. Parkington (1944) written soon after my first viewing. Starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Moments of Horror as Boris Karloff Stars as The Mummy (1932) October 29, 2010
    Mummy, The
    An reappraisal of Universal horror classic The Mummy (1932) confirms original suspicions. A look at a horror masterpiece from both a personal and historical perspective. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Murder by the Clock (1931) Starring William “Stage” Boyd and Lilyan Tashman October 22, 2013
    Murder by the Clock
    Tough to find and thus underappreciated, Murder by the Clock (1931) is an early mystery thriller highlighted by Lilyan Tashman, a creepy tomb alarm and a few surprising twists. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), Universal Horror With Bela Lugosi October 25, 2014
    Murders in the Rue Morgue
    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 ...
  • My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) starring Nina Foch and George Macready July 25, 2010
    My Name Is Julia Ross
    My Name Is Julia Ross is an incredible find for the first time viewer. This review walks through my first viewing with special notice given to George Macready’s frightening portrayal of Ralph. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • My Woman (1933) Starring Helen Twelvetrees and Wallace Ford November 24, 2009
    My Woman
    Brief notes are exactly that, just some stream of consciousness thoughts from my viewing of My Woman starring Helen Twelvetrees, Wallace Ford, and Victor Jory. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Somerset Maugham’s The Narrow Corner (1933) Starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. August 19, 2011
    Narrow Corner, The
    A personal look at this Somerset Maugham fan’s discovery of The Narrow Corner (1933) from Warner Brothers starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Patricia Ellis, and Ralph Bellamy. A Maugham tale of the South Seas on film with all the sex and sin of the pre-code era. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Cary Grant in Night and Day (1946) April 30, 2009
    Night and Day
    Cary Grant plays Cole Porter in Warner Brothers’ Night and Day (1946), a heavily fictionalized and still somewhat unrewarding tale filled with Porter standards. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Night Court (1932) Starring Phillips Holmes and Walter Huston March 24, 2013
    Night Court
    Phillips Holmes takes on Walter Huston’s corrupt judge in MGM’s Night Court (1932), a pre-code drama directed by W.S. Van Dyke and also featuring Anita Page, Lewis Stone and Noel Francis. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Night Flight (1933) with John and Lionel Barrymore, Gable and More August 10, 2012
    Night Flight
    An all-star cast may be advertised but Night Flight (1933) is mostly Barrymore, John with a dash of Lionel. Not much for Clark Gable and the rest with the exception of Robert Montgomery. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Paramount’s The Night of June 13th (1932), Street Scene of the Suburbs October 7, 2012
    Night of June 13th, The
    The Night of June 13th (1932) was Paramount’s answer to Street Scene in which they set an ensemble cast loose on each other in the suburbs. With Clive Brook, the first pairing of Charles Ruggles and Mary Boland, plus Lila Lee, Gene Raymond, Frances Dee, Charley Grapewin and many others. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Night World (1932) Starring Mae Clarke, Lew Ayres and Boris Karloff April 14, 2012
    Night World
    A look at Universal’s rollicking 58-minute movie set inside a speakeasy run by Boris Karloff with a Busby Berkeley choreographed dance to boot. Mae Clarke and Lew Ayres star as the love interests while Clarence Muse and general ambiance steal the show. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Brief Impressions: No Other Woman – Side Streets – Evelyn Prentice – Millionaires in Prison March 27, 2013
    No Other Woman
    A quick peek at four movies I’ve watched recently: No Other Woman (1933); Side Streets and Evelyn Prentice (both 1934); and Millionaires in Prison (1940). Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Office Wife (1930) Starring Dorothy Mackaill and Lewis Stone May 23, 2013
    Office Wife, The
    Publisher Lewis Stone needs a new secretary and Dorothy Mackaill gets the job in The Office Wife (1930). Great dialogue in this pre-Code hit, with many of the best lines coming from Joan Blondell. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Clive Brook adapts, directs, and stars in On Approval (1944) May 29, 2009
    On Approval
    Clive Brook does it all in 1944’s On Approval, where Googie Withers and Brook himself tag along when Beatrice Lillie attempts a trial marriage with Roland Culver. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • One Night at Susie’s (1930) – Movie Compared to Short Story, Plus Helen Ware Biography October 9, 2014
    One Night at Susie's
    A look at First National’s One Night at Susie’s, a 1930 crime film starring Billie Dove and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., but really showing off Helen Ware to advantage. Frederick Hazlitt Brennan’s 1929 short story from Liberty magazine is discussed and a biography of Miss Ware is also included. Plus, just exactly how long is this ...
  • One Way Passage (1932) Starring William Powell and Kay Francis November 8, 2011
    One Way Passage
    One Way Passage (1932) focuses on a shipboard romance between the equally doomed William Powell and Kay Francis characters. Frank McHugh is also on the scene and never allows the movie to get too sentimental. Aline MacMahon shines as well. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • One Way Passage (1932) – Glass Stems & Spoilers: The Final Minute November 12, 2011
    One Way Passage
    A look at the final scene of One Way Passage (1932) starring William Powell and Kay Francis. How did those crossed glass stems get there anyway? Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Our Blushing Brides (1930) Caps Joan Crawford Trilogy April 7, 2014
    Our Blushing Brides
    No longer the wild Jazz Baby, Joan Crawford is cautious to the point of being a drag in Our Blushing Brides (1930), third movie of a loose MGM trilogy starring Crawford. Also starring Robert Montgomery, Anita Page and Dorothy Sebastian. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • King Vidor’s Our Daily Bread (1934) more than just a big finish June 3, 2009
    Our Daily Bread
    King Vidor’s self-produced “Our Daily Bread” (1934) is a Depression-era tale of collectivism starring Tom Keene and Karen Morley. We follow the city-dwelling couple … Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • In Brief: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Does Impressions in Our Modern Maidens (1929) February 28, 2013
    Our Modern Maidens
    Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. makes Our Modern Maidens (1929) more memorable than it would have been otherwise through a series of impersonations of John Barrymore, John Gilbert and his own father, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • MGM’s Hardy Family Series #5 – Out West with the Hardys (1938) December 13, 2012
    Out West with the Hardys
    The fifth entry of the Hardy Family series, Out West with the Hardys (1938), puts focus on each of the core family members in a Western setting. Virginia Weidler is Mickey Rooney’s sidekick in this one. Sara Haden returns as Aunt Milly. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Panama Flo (1932) With Brief Biography of Star Helen Twelvetrees March 16, 2013
    Panama Flo
    RKO Pathe’s 1932 Helen Twelvetrees vehicle Panama Flo with Charles Bickford. A Helen Twelvetrees biography tucked in the middle of this lengthy post. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • James Dunn and Claire Dodd star in The Payoff (1935) July 15, 2010
    Payoff, The
    A fast paced tale of a sportswriter taking on a gambler with his wife coming in between his ethics and his loyalties. The Payoff (1935) stars James Dunn, Claire Dodd, Alan Dinehart, Patricia Ellis and Frankie Darro. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Remembering Jackie Cooper, 1922-2011, with Peck’s Bad Boy (1934) May 5, 2011
    Peck's Bad Boy
    Remembering Jackie Cooper, who died today at age 88. His career and legacy, plus a look at 1934’s Peck’s Bad Boy starring Cooper with Thomas Meighan. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Penalty (1941) Starring Gene Reynolds and Edward Arnold April 24, 2013
    Penalty, The
    Roosty worships gangster dad “Stuff” Nelson in MGM’s The Penalty (1941). When the G-men send Roosty to the farm he has to adjust to life amongst the hicks. Starring Edward Arnold as Stuff, Lionel Barrymore and Gene Reynolds as Roosty. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Penthouse (1933) Starring Warner Baxter and Myrna Loy August 2, 2012
    Penthouse
    Warner Baxter stars as a mobster’s mouthpiece in Penthouse (1933) also featuring Myrna Loy. And, in one of his best, Nat Pendleton plays the mobster. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Personal Property (1937) Starring Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor March 16, 2011
    Personal Property
    A look at Jean Harlow’s penultimate film appearance, opposite Robert Taylor in MGM’s Personal Property (1937), a remake of 1931’s The Man in Possession also starring Reginald Owen, E.E. Clive, Henrietta Crosman, Una O’Connor, and Forrester Harvey. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Phantom of Crestwood (1932) with Ricardo Cortez and Karen Morley January 24, 2013
    Phantom of Crestwood, The
    America wondered “Who Killed Jenny Wren?” and RKO’s The Phantom of Crestwood revealed the answer in the first movie-radio tie-in. Starring Ricardo Cortez and Karen Morley with a large cast of familiar character actors and former silent stars in support. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Piccadilly Jim (1936) Starring Robert Montgomery and Madge Evans January 25, 2012
    Piccadilly Jim
    Looking at MGM’s 1936 adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s Piccadilly Jim starring Robert Montgomery and directed by Robert Z. Leonard. With Madge Evans, Frank Morgan and Eric Blore. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Lana Turner and John Garfield in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) May 25, 2009
    Postman Always Rings Twice, The
    Lana Turner and John Garfield in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) I have to admit, I was really stunned by Lana Turner’s performance in “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” Her Cora Smith came across to me as the most natural character in the cast, which says quite a bit when she’s sharing most of ...
  • First Impressions: Princess O’Rourke (1943) with Olivia De Havilland September 1, 2010
    Princess O'Rourke
    My brief first impressions of Princess O’Rourke (1943) written soon after first viewing. Romantic comedy starring Olivia De Havilland with Robert Cummings. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Charles Laughton stars in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) March 9, 2010
    Private Life of Henry VIII, The
    Charles Laughton earns his Oscar for Best Actor in Alexander Korda’s The Private Life of Henry VIII, a comedic costume piece focusing on Henry’s relationships with his various wives. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Richard Dix Reckons Himself The Public Defender (RKO, 1931) May 13, 2014
    Public Defender, The
    Richard Dix is a harmless playboy until trouble calls and with the assistance of Boris Karloff and Paul Hurst he becomes The Reckoner in RKO’s The Public Defender (1931). Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Public Enemy’s Wife (1936) and Bullets for O’Hara (1941) April 21, 2013
    Public Enemy's Wife
    Continuing the G-man cycle with Warner Brother’s Public Enemy’s Wife (1936) and its 1941 remake, Bullets for O’Hara. Reuniting Robert Armstrong and Margaret Lindsay from G Men with Pat O’Brien, Public Enemy’s Wife is a worthwhile Warner’s crime film, while the low budget O’Hara is worth a try for fans of the original. Share this:Like this:Like ...
  • Lewis Milestone’s The Purple Heart (1944) Starring Dana Andrews July 27, 2012
    Purple Heart, The
    The Purple Heart (1944), directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Dana Andrews, is a World War II courtroom drama imagining the trial and fate of captured Doolittle Raid fliers before the world knew exactly what had happened to them. Part of the Dana Andrews blogathon. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Racket (1928) Starring Thomas Meighan, Louis Wolheim and Marie Prevost February 19, 2013
    Racket, The
    Howard Hughes bought Bartlett Cormack’s play The Racket, which had made Edward G. Robinson a star on Broadway. Hughes made it into a film twice. This article focuses on the first film version, a 1928 silent movie, starring Thomas Meighan with Louis Wolheim as the gangster. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Razor’s Edge (1946) Starring Tyrone Power, A Success Story October 24, 2011
    Razor's Edge, The
    A long article about a personal favorite attempts to tell the story of The Razor’s Edge from Somerset Maugham’s novel to Darryl F. Zanuck’s on-screen vision with a focus on both the adaptation and Tyrone Power as Larry Darrell. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Red Light (1949) Starring George Raft and Virginia Mayo May 25, 2011
    Red Light
    A brief look at Red Light (1949), a Roy Del Ruth Production starring George Raft, Virginia Mayo, and a very nasty Raymond Burr. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Richest Girl in the World (1934) Starring Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea April 30, 2012
    Richest Girl in the World, The
    Miriam Hopkins plays “The Richest Girl in the World” (1934) with hopes of landing a husband on her own merits and despite her money. Joel McCrea is her prospect. With a look at then currently celebrated heiresses Barbara Hutton and Doris Duke. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Charles Laughton as Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) April 24, 2009
    Ruggles of Red Gap
    Charles Laughton is a gentleman’s gentleman in Ruggles of Red Gap who’s transferred through a card game from his British master to the backwards Flouds in the USA Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Safe in Hell (1931), Talkie Triumph for Tough Dorothy Mackaill November 16, 2012
    Safe in Hell
    Safe in Hell (1931) nearly starred Barbara Stanwyck, but no matter as Dorothy Mackaill makes the part her own. A bit about the film and what happened to this otherwise forgotten star. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Elsie Ferguson’s Only Talkie, Scarlet Pages (1930) May 20, 2014
    Scarlet Pages
    Stage legend Elsie Ferguson plays in her final film and only talkie, Scarlet Pages (1930), a courtroom drama offering a view of feminism at that time. Due to its mature content Scarlet Pages was successfully marketed as what was considered a “dirty picture” by 1930 standards. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Viewing The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) for Leslie Howard’s Birthday April 3, 2009
    Scarlet Pimpernel, The
    Happy birthday to Leslie Howard (1893-1943) today. I celebrate with a viewing The Scarlet Pimpernel and sharing my thoughts on both the film and Howard in this space today, all illustrated by movie cards and collectibles. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Edward G. Robinson in The Sea Wolf (1941) with Alexander Knox February 13, 2010
    Sea Wolf, The
    Is there a more brutal film from this period than Warner Brothers’ The Sea Wolf? Adapted by Robert Rossen from Jack London’s original story, directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Edward G. Robinson, John Garfield, Ida Lupino and Alexander Knox. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Search for Beauty (1934) starring Ida Lupino and Buster Crabbe April 13, 2009
    Search for Beauty
    A review of Paramount’s Search for Beauty (1934) starring Buster Crabbe and Ida Lupino. One of six films featured in the Pre-Code Hollywood Collection, and the first one I chose to watch … a mistake. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Secret of the Blue Room (1933) With Lionel Atwill and Gloria Stuart October 11, 2013
    Secret of the Blue Room
    Secret of the Blue Room (1933) may not be Universal horror, but it’s a strong murder mystery that acquired the tinge as part of the late ’50s Shock Theater package on television. Here’s a bit about what it was and what it wasn’t. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Secret Service (1931) – William Gillette’s Civil War Melodrama Comes to RKO June 8, 2014
    Secret Service
    Digging deep into RKO’s 1931 adaptation of William Gillette’s Secret Service starring Richard Dix and Shirley Grey. Comparing the movie to the 1896 play. What was added and what was kept and how classic scenes were interpreted on film. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • She Had to Say Yes (1933) Starring Loretta Young September 23, 2014
    She Had to Say Yes
    She Had to Say Yes is a pre-Code film so outrageous that it’s bound to bother men and women alike. An expose on the life of the “customer’s girl,” the Depression era’s version of a high class call girl in business circles. Starring Loretta Young, who manages to be pawed by Regis Toomey, Lyle Talbot, ...
  • Show Girl in Hollywood (1930) Starring Alice White as Dixie Dugan November 25, 2012
    Show Girl in Hollywood
    Alice White stars as Dixie Dugan in First National’s SHOW GIRL IN HOLLYWOOD (1930), a behind the scenes movie musical depicting the Vitaphone process and including a stand out performance by former silent screen star Blanche Sweet. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Silver Dollar (1932) Starring Edward G. Robinson, Aline MacMahon and Bebe Daniels January 11, 2012
    Silver Dollar
    Silver Dollar (1932) stars Edward G. Robinson in a part based on the life of silver king Haw Tabor. American history, economics, and pop culture are touched upon in this look at a largely forgotten film. Also starring Aline MacMahon and Bebe Daniels. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Majestic’s The Sin of Nora Moran (1933) Starring Zita Johann July 9, 2014
    Sin of Nora Moran, The
    The Sin of Nora Moran may have come from Poverty Row but it is years ahead of its time. The 1933 film makes heavy use of flashback to enhance several twists in this life and death story of a female prisoner on Death Row. Starring Zita Johann of The Mummy and directed by Phil Goldstone. ...
  • The Sin Ship (1931) – Astor’s Frisco Kitty Makes for Holy Wolheim May 8, 2013
    Sin Ship, The
    Written for The Mary Astor Blogathon, The Sin Ship (1931) stars Astor with Louis Wolheim, who also directed what would be his final film prior to his tragic death in 1931. Also starring Ian Keith and Hugh Herbert. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Robert Taylor and Janet Gaynor star in Small Town Girl (1936) April 19, 2010
    Small Town Girl
    Robert Taylor and Janet Gaynor star in MGM’s Small Town Girl (1936) directed by William Wellman and nothing special for any of the main participants. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Smart Money (1931) Starring Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney August 14, 2012
    Smart Money
    A deep look at Smart Money (1931) starring Edward G. Robinson with James Cagney. Includes detailed original biographical sections about co-stars Noel Francis and Evalyn Knapp. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Mary Astor Stars in Smart Woman (1931); Screen Husband Robert Ames Dies Soon After Release May 4, 2010
    Smart Woman
    RKO’s 1931 Smart Woman starring Mary Astor. A look at the film as well as leading man Robert Ames who died within two months of Smart Woman’s release. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Snowed Under (1936) Chemistry Highlights Hilarious Warner Farce January 25, 2014
    Snowed Under
    Looking at Snowed Under, a 1936 Warner Bros. farce directed by Ray Enright and starring George Brent, Genevieve Tobin, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh, Patricia Ellis and John Eldredge. With a focus on “Lawrence Saunders,” who wrote the original story that was serialized in Liberty magazine. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Solitaire Man (1933) Starring Herbert Marshall and Lionel Atwill July 25, 2012
    Solitaire Man, The
    MGM tries to capitalize upon Herbert Marshall’s success in Trouble in Paradise with The Solitaire Main (1933). With Lionel Atwill, Elizabeth Allan, May Robson and Mary Boland. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Tyrone Power in Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) July 16, 2009
    Son of Fury
    Twentieth Century-Fox’s “Son of Fury” plays as a 98 minute epic tale of redemption which opens with a fight, leads to an escape, turns into a brief tale at sea, then an island romance and adventure, a return for vengeance, even a spectacle of a courtroom trial, before, of course, culminating in yet another big ...
  • The Southerner (1945) starring Zachary Scott and Betty Field February 23, 2010
    Southerner, The
    A look at Jean Renoir’s The Southerner (1945) starring Zachary Scott as head of a dirt-poor family fighting to have their own farm. Also starring Betty Field. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Stablemates (1938) – MGM Rides Seabiscuit to Hit with Beery and Rooney May 28, 2012
    Stablemates
    MGM’s horse racing weepie Stablemates starring Wallace Beery and Mickey Rooney released just three weeks before Seabiscuit’s match race vs. War Admiral. A look at time, circumstances and film. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Stage Struck (1936) Starring Dick Powell and Joan Blondell November 5, 2011
    Stage Struck
    Busby Berkeley’s Stage Struck (1936) is a Warner Brothers musical missing the typical Berkeley flare. Starring Dick Powell and Joan Blondell with Warren William it’s an at times bizarre movie that doesn’t measure up to earlier classics Berkeley worked on, but still entertaining at times providing a few laughs. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • John Ford’s Stagecoach (1939) Starring John Wayne and Claire Trevor July 31, 2012
    Stagecoach
    The classic John Ford western Stagecoach (1939) is a movie for everybody. Forget genre prejudices and thrill to John Wayne, Claire Trevor and all of the rest of one of the richest supporting casts you’ll ever encounter. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Shirley Temple in 1934, Part 2: The Movies February 24, 2014
    Stand Up and Cheer!
    A brief look at each of Shirley Temple’s five major feature film appearances during her breakthrough year of 1934: Stand Up and Cheer!, Little Miss Marker, Baby Take a Bow, Now and Forever and Bright Eyes. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935) starring Paul Muni with Josephine Hutchinson November 2, 2009
    Story of Louis Pasteur, The
    No, it’s not about Pasteurization! Paul Muni turns in another grand performance as Louis Pasteur in the 1935 Warner Bros biopic. William Dieterle directs. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Stranger in Town (1932) – Chic Sale Takes on a Big Grocery Chain August 10, 2011
    Stranger in Town
    The small grocery Chic Sale runs in Boilsville is threatened in Warner Brothers’ Stranger in Town (1932) when a big competitor comes to town. Also starring Ann Dvorak, David Manners, and Noah Beery. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Baseball Movie The Stratton Story (1949) Starring James Stewart August 12, 2011
    Stratton Story, The
    Jimmy Stewart stars in The Stratton Story about tragic baseball pitcher Monty Stratton. Starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Morgan and Agnes Moorehead. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake June 10, 2009
    Sullivan's Travels
    I love “Sullivan’s Travels,” I really do. The 1941 Paramount release from Preston Sturges starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake certainly has held up well over the years, growing in legend as each new generation discovers it.. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Sweepings (1933) and Mamie’s Christmas Counter Freak-Out December 24, 2013
    Sweepings
    Lester Cohen adapted his own novel Sweepings for RKO in 1933. It was remade as Three Sons in 1939. The story is about a retail king and his family, but the focus of this article turns to Helen Mack’s explosive Christmas Eve scene with additional details about her character filled in from Cohen’s novel. Share this:Like ...
  • Symphony of Six Million (1932) starring Ricardo Cortez July 22, 2011
    Symphony of Six Million
    RKO’s Symphony of Six Million (1932) is an interesting David O. Selznick produced film with a then unusual focus on a Jewish family. Ricardo Cortez stars as a young doctor with Anna Appel and Gregory Ratoff as his parents and Irene Dunne as the handicapped girl who’s loved him since childhood. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Ronald Colman stars in A Tale of Two Cities (1935) March 26, 2010
    Tale of Two Cities, A
    Ronald Colman’s magnificent performance as Sydney Carton highlights MGM’s 1935 production of A Tale of Two Cities. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Test Pilot (1938) Starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy May 30, 2014
    Test Pilot
    Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy live up to expectations in MGM’s Test Pilot (1938). One of the most popular films of 1938, the Academy Award-nominated Best Picture directed by Victor Fleming allows all three stars to shine in strong parts that they enliven with strong performances. Time well spent, no matter the length. Share ...
  • Them! (1954) featuring Edmund Gwenn vs. Giant Ants June 3, 2011
    Them!
    A look at the 1954 science fiction classic Them! starring James Whitmore, James Arness and especially Edmund Gwenn and the giant ants. 1950’s sci-fi big bug classic. This article concentrates on the logic typically voiced throughout by Gwenn’s scientist. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • More Jessie Matthews – There Goes the Bride (1932), The Good Companions (1933), First A Girl (1935) and Gangway (1937) April 27, 2014
    There Goes the Bride
    After covering Evergreen (1934) last year I craved more Jessie Matthews. VCI Entertainment has complied with several DVD releases. This post takes a look at four of them: There Goes the Bride (1932), The Good Companions (1933), First a Girl (1935) and Gangway (1937). Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • William Powell and Myrna Loy star in The Thin Man (1934) March 13, 2010
    Thin Man, The
    A look at MGM’s The Thin Man (1934), the first of a 6 series film and second of 14 pairings for William Powell and Myrna Loy. Directed by Woody Van Dyke … Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Three on a Match (1932) starring Warren William and Ann Dvorak February 11, 2009
    Three on a Match
    A review of the Depression era pre-code classic Three on a Match starring Ann Dvorak and a host of familiar faces including young Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart. Illustrated with movie collectibles. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Tip-Off (1931) with Eddie Quillan, Ginger Rogers and Turkey Mike Donlin March 22, 2010
    Tip-Off, The
    A pre-Code release from RKO Pathe, The Tip-Off (1931) features Ginger Rogers in an early role but most of the fun comes from its fresh-faced star Eddie Quillan. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Twentieth Century (1934) starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard February 18, 2009
    Twentieth Century
    A review of the 1934 Howard Hawks screwball classic Twentieth Century starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard. Illustrated with movie cards and collectibles. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Edward G. Robinson’s Incredible Performance in Two Seconds (1932) January 22, 2010
    Two Seconds
    Two Seconds didn’t seem like anything special for about a half an hour, then Edward G. Robinson kicked into full gear and delivered so much more than I ever expected. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Union Depot (1932) starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Joan Blondell February 28, 2010
    Union Depot
    Douglas Fairbanks Jr is a hobo playing Gentleman for a Day in 1932’s Union Depot co-starring Joan Blondell and Guy Kibbee. A sweeping view of all classes during the Great Depression. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Valley of Decision (1945) starring Greer Garson and Gregory Peck July 8, 2011
    Valley of Decision, The
    A look at MGM’s The Valley of Decision (1945) a look at love and steel in Pittsburgh of the 1870’s starring Greer Garson and Gregory Peck with Donald Crisp. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Vivacious Lady (1938) Starring Ginger Rogers and James Stewart April 14, 2014
    Vivacious Lady
    RKO’s Vivacious Lady doesn’t have much of a story, but Ginger Rogers and James Stewart are in love, so who cares? A look at the comedy classic directed by George Stevens for the James Stewart Blogathon. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Voice of Bugle Ann (1936) Starring Lionel Barrymore with Maureen O’Sullivan February 22, 2012
    Voice of Bugle Ann, The
    MGM’s The Voice of Bugle Ann (1936) with Lionel Barrymore provides a look at Missouri foxhunting. Post includes some background on American foxhunting and a bit about the quote Barrymore’s Spring Davis attributes to Senator Vest during his murder trial. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Walking Dead (1936) – Lindbergh Heart Resurrects Boris Karloff October 29, 2013
    Walking Dead, The
    Warner Brothers mixes crime and horror in THE WALKING DEAD where mobsters put down Boris Karloff but Edmund Gwenn brings him back to life with a Lindbergh Heart. Karloff’s fine performance highlighted along with some background information about Lindbergh’s “robot heart.” Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932) with Lee Tracy and Constance Cummings November 6, 2012
    Washington Merry-Go-Round
    Lee Tracy stars in Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932), Columbia’s pre-Code precursor to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) with Constance Cummings, Alan Dinehart and Walter Connolly. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Henry Hull is the Werewolf of London (1935) October 13, 2011
    Werewolf of London
    The first werewolf movie in Universal’s horror cycle Werewolf of London (1935) takes a back seat to The Wolf Man (1941) today, but Henry Hull’s monster is underrated. Also starring Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson and Lester Matthews, a brief look at 1935’s Werewolf of London. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Women star in Westward the Women (1951) with Robert Taylor April 24, 2010
    Westward the Women
    Based on a story by Frank Capra sold to MGM for William Wellman, Robert Taylor may be top-billed in Westward the Women, but the end credits get it right, The Women are the true stars here. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Wet Parade (1932) Dramatizes the Evils of Liquor … and Prohibition December 14, 2011
    Wet Parade, The
    The Wet Parade (1932) from MGM takes a stand against the evils of both liquor and Prohibition towards the tail end of the Prohibition era. Starring Walter Huston, Lewis Stone, Robert Young, Dorothy Jordan, Neil Hamilton, Jimmy Durante and Myrna Loy. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Whole Town’s Talking (1935) starring Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur February 7, 2010
    Whole Town's Talking, The
    There’s a lot to like here for Edward G. Robinson fans who get to see their hero play both the milquetoast “Jonesy” and gangster “Killer” Mannion—sometimes in the same scene! Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Brief Impressions, 1934 Edition: A Wicked Woman – Housewife – Success at Any Price March 20, 2013
    Wicked Woman, A
    Brief impressions of A WICKED WOMAN starring Mady Christians, George Brent, Ann Dvorak and Bette Davis in HOUSEWIFE, Brent and Davis again in FRONT PAGE WOMAN, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Genevieve Tobin in SUCCESS AT ANY PRICE. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Watching Wings (1927) for the First Time February 27, 2011
    Wings
    A look at William Wellman’s Wings (1927) after watching it for the first time. Air battles and It Girl Clara Bow highlight this first Best Picture Oscar winner. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Winner Take All (1932) from Warner Archive’s Latest Wave of James Cagney March 19, 2014
    Winner Take All
    James Cagney stars as boxer Jimmy Kane in Winner Take All, a 1932 Warner Bros. release. This post takes a look at the Rocky II-like double knockdown from the film in order to revisit its inspiration, a real-life 1912 lightweight title fight. Also starring Marian Nixon and Virginia Bruce. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Ronald Reagan as Baseball Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander August 16, 2011
    Winning Team, The
    A look at Baseball Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander and how Ol Pete was portrayed by Ronald Reagan in The Winning Team (1952) with focus on the 1926 World Series. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Witching Hour (1934), Hypnotized by John Halliday October 9, 2013
    Witching Hour, The
    Paramount’s 1934 version of The Witching Hour is light on stars and, despite the title, isn’t even a horror movie. An early Henry Hathaway film based on the 1907 hit play by Augustus Thomas and featuring strong performances from John Halliday and Sir Guy Standing. It’s all covered here. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton in Witness for the Prosecution (1957) May 5, 2009
    Witness for the Prosecution
    Tyrone Power’s masterful final performance as Leonard Vole in Witness for the Prosecution (1957) with Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton, directed by Billy Wilder. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • Woman Wanted (1935) Starring Maureen O’Sullivan and Joel McCrea May 21, 2011
    Woman Wanted
    MGM’s Woman Wanted (1935) stars Maureen O’Sullivan as a wrongly convicted murderer on the run and into Joel McCrea’s arms. With Louis Calhern, Adrienne Ames, Lewis Stone, and Edgar Kennedy. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The World Changes (1933) Starring the Many Faces of Paul Muni September 23, 2011
    World Changes, The
    Paul Muni stars in First National’s 1933 multigenerational film The World Changes. Also starring Mary Astor. Muni earns a fortune in the meat-packing industry but is led too far from his roots and watches his children stray even further from what he considers a good life. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • MGM’s Hardy Family Series #2 – You’re Only Young Once (1937) November 30, 2012
    You're Only Young Once
    The second entry of the Hardy Family series, You’re Only Young Once (1937), sees the family vacation at Santa Catalina Island and features the first appearances of Lewis Stone, Fay Holden and Ann Rutherford in the parts they will reprise throughout the lifetime of the series. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...
  • The Young in Heart (1938) starring Janet Gaynor and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. February 5, 2009
    Young in Heart, The
    A brief review after I sat down and watched The Young in Heart starring Janet Gaynor and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. A charming look at a potentially ghoulish family of con artists. Share this:Like this:Like Loading...


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This list contains all of my classic movie reviews sorted by the original year of release for each movie. Posts featuring multiple reviews are, unfortunately in this case, ordered by date of the earliest film. The original date of my published post follows each title. This list sorts the movies from the most recent release to the earliest movie I've written about.