Based on a book by Captain Cornelius Willemse, the NYPD’s original “gang buster,” Behind the Green Lights pits the police vs. a crooked mouthpiece and features a romance between cop and lawyer. Easily found independent release is fast-paced and entertaining.
Margaret Sullavan stars as innocent orphan who plays good fairy. Frank Morgan pursues, Reginald Owen protects, and Herbert Marshall falls in love in The Good Fairy (1935), a Universal film directed by William Wyler from a screenplay by Preston Sturges.
Lightning review takes brief look at RKO Western The Arizonian (1935) starring Richard Dix, Margot Grahame, and Preston Foster, directed by Charles Vidor.
Another slice of America in his time offered by Vidor in The Wedding Night (1935), a romance starring Gary Cooper and Anna Sten. Helen Vinson also impresses as Cooper’s wife.
A brief review of 1935 Fox Films musical-comedy Music Is Magic starring Alice Faye. Bebe Daniels, billed in a supporting role, steals this one. Also features Mitchell and Durant.
A band of kidnappers return to their hideout with $200,000 in ransom money in Show Them No Mercy. They find a stranded family at the house and have no choice but to hold them captive until they make sure the ransom money is good.
Reviewing Spencer Tracy’s first film on his MGM contract, The Murder Man, underrated by virtue of Tracy’s starring performance. Also starring Virginia Bruce, with Lionel Atwill and James Stewart in his feature film debut.
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.
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).
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 second Hollywood movie and Flynn’s early career is detailed within the post.