How Universal horror died in 1936, only to return after a Beverly Hills exhibitor paired Dracula and Frankenstein reissues at his theater in August 1938.
Romantic comedy There Goes My Heart (1938) from Hal Roach Studios stars Fredric March and Virginia Bruce. Patsy Kelly in support with Alan Mowbray, Eugene Pallette, Claude Gillingwater. Directed by Norman Z. McLeod.
Brief look at MGM’s The Shining Hour (1938) starring Joan Crawford. Melvyn Douglas marries her; brother Robert Young loves her, but is married to Margaret Sullavan. Fay Bainter as Douglas and Young’s suspicious sister. Directed by Frank Borzage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.