A look at Kind Lady from origins as Hugh Walpole story The Silver Mask, through Edward Chodorov’s stage adaptation and both film versions, especially the earlier 1935 film starring Aline MacMahon and Basil Rathbone.
A look at Jewel Robbery (1932), a unique heist-romance from Warner Brothers starring William Powell and Kay Francis. It’s a sophisticated yet often silly and almost always sinful pre-code classic.
A personal look at this Somerset Maugham fan’s discovery of The Narrow Corner (1933) from Warner Brothers starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Patricia Ellis, and Ralph Bellamy. A Maugham tale of the South Seas on film with all the sex and sin of the pre-code era.
A brief look at Red Light (1949), a Roy Del Ruth Production starring George Raft, Virginia Mayo, and a very nasty Raymond Burr.
MGM’s Woman Wanted (1935) stars Maureen O’Sullivan as a wrongly convicted murderer on the run and into Joel McCrea’s arms. With Louis Calhern, Adrienne Ames, Lewis Stone, and Edgar Kennedy.