The second entry of the Hardy Family series, You’re Only Young Once (1937), sees the family vacation at Santa Catalina Island and features the first appearances of Lewis Stone, Fay Holden and Ann Rutherford in the parts they will reprise throughout the lifetime of the series.
The Wet Parade (1932) from MGM takes a stand against the evils of both liquor and Prohibition towards the tail end of the Prohibition era. Starring Walter Huston, Lewis Stone, Robert Young, Dorothy Jordan, Neil Hamilton, Jimmy Durante and Myrna Loy.
A look at MGM’s 1935 production of the Charles Dickens classic David Copperfield starring Freddie Bartholomew and WC Fields. Includes notes and quotes from David O. Selznick and George Cukor about production and casting, a brief outline of the film and its many characters, the latter highlighted by a biography of of the obscure Lennox Pawle, who played Mr. Dick.
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.
A look at A Family Affair, the first installment of the Hardy Family series of movies released in 1937. While Mickey Rooney is on the scene as Andy Hardy, we have Lionel Barrymore playing Judge Hardy as well as some other casting we’re not used too.
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.
8 uneven vignettes makes up the disappointing 1951 American Anthology, It’s a Big Country. Big stars-Gary Cooper, Fredric March, William Powell-little ideas.
Robert Taylor and Janet Gaynor star in MGM’s Small Town Girl (1936) directed by William Wellman and nothing special for any of the main participants.
The Clark Gable and Jean Harlow teaming peaks in China Seas, the 4th of their 6 MGM pairings, a tale of love and piracy at sea also starring Wallace Beery and Rosalind Russell.