Brief look at MGM’s The Shining Hour (1938) starring Joan Crawford. Melvyn Douglas marries her; brother Robert Young loves her, but is married to Margaret Sullavan. Fay Bainter as Douglas and Young’s suspicious sister. Directed by Frank Borzage.
Real-Life Society ‘Honor Slaying’ Inspires Two 1932 Films
A look at two pre-Code courtroom melodramas, Unashamed and Two Against the World, compared to the sensational real-life society murder that inspired the movies. Unashamed stars Helen Twelvetrees, Robert Young, and Monroe Owsley, while Two Against the World stars Constance Bennett and Neil Hamilton.
H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941) – King Vidor Brings John P. Marquand Bestseller to Life
Comparing King Vidor’s adaptation of H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941) to the novel by John P. Marquand, and why both tellings are wonderful. Excellent performances from Robert Young and Hedy Lamarr trickle down throughout the entire cast, most of who are perfect representations of the characters Marquand created on the page. It’s a quiet story that tells a lot in the end.
Death on the Diamond (1934) – Baseball, Murder and Robert Young
MGM’s baseball murder mystery Death on the Diamond (1934) stars Robert Young and Madge Evans. A decent mystery and a strong baseball movie at the same time. Directed by Edward Sedgwick and also featuring David Landau, Paul Kelly, Nat Pendleton and Ted Healy.
The Wet Parade (1932) Dramatizes the Evils of Liquor … and Prohibition
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.
More on That Forsyte Woman (1949), Especially an Altogether Different Errol Flynn
A quick look at That Forsyte Woman (1949), a Greer Garson MGM feature where Errol Flynn steals the show playing against type with more skill than I would have expected.