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.
Despite its poor reception in 1932, today Downstairs is often pointed to as John Gilbert’s best talkie and further evidence that his voice was not poor. A look at some key scenes with Virginia Bruce and Paul Lukas, plus just how bad of a guy was Gilbert’s Karl?
A history of Madame X concentrates on the 1937 film version starring Gladys George. Includes a biography of Gladys George with comparison to Ruth Chatterton’s 1929 performance.
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 look at MGM’s The Valley of Decision (1945) a look at love and steel in Pittsburgh of the 1870’s starring Greer Garson and Gregory Peck with Donald Crisp.
A look at Jean Harlow’s penultimate film appearance, opposite Robert Taylor in MGM’s Personal Property (1937), a remake of 1931’s The Man in Possession also starring Reginald Owen, E.E. Clive, Henrietta Crosman, Una O’Connor, and Forrester Harvey.
Ronald Colman’s magnificent performance as Sydney Carton highlights MGM’s 1935 production of A Tale of Two Cities.