Murder-mystery GIRL MISSING (1933) ignores its murder and telegraphs its mystery, but Glenda Farrell manages to carry the day anyway. An excellent pre-Code showcase for the actress. Good support from Guy Kibbee, Helen Ware, and Ferdinand Gottschalk.
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.
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.
Legendary journalist Ernie Pyle tabbed character actor Harold Huber as “a sort of assistant gangster.” Following is a biography of the youthful actor with the scarred cheek who appeared in so many 1930s gangster roles.
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)
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.