A washed-up fighter and a Prohibition-era nightclub hostess form an unlikely foster family for a 12-year-old orphan. Strong performances by George Bancroft and Wynne Gibson in Lady and Gent. Directed by Stephen Roberts. Academy Award nominated screenplay.
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.
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.
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.
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.