My brief first impressions of Princess O’Rourke (1943) written soon after first viewing. Romantic comedy starring Olivia De Havilland with Robert Cummings.
Classic Movie Reviews by Cliff Aliperti
Spoiler-free reviews of movies from Hollywood's Golden Age, especially the 1930s. Most reviews also include research into background of the film and, when relevant, the history surrounding the subject of the movie.
Brief first impressions of Arrowsmith (1931) written shortly after a first viewing. Starring Ronald Colman and Helen Hayes with Myrna Loy.
Brief first impressions of Mrs. Parkington (1944) written soon after my first viewing. Starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon.
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.
Brief first impressions of Bright Leaf (1950) written shortly after a first viewing. Starring Gary Cooper with Lauren Bacall and Patricia Neal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.