Warner Archive Review: The Robert Montgomery Collection

In 2011, Warner Archive finally gave us a box set of Robert Montgomery MGM films. Titled The Robert Montgomery Collection, the four-disc set includes eight films, all of which run under 90 minutes. The collection isn’t exactly career-spanning, but it provides a fun look at Montgomery’s career at MGM and mostly works as a lost… Read More Warner Archive Review: The Robert Montgomery Collection

Warner Archive Review: Edmund Goulding’s ‘Blondie of the Follies’ with Marion Davies

In 1932, Edmund Goulding directed two films – Grand Hotel and Blondie of the Follies. While Grand Hotel won the Best Picture Academy Award and was a major success, Blondie of the Follies is an unknown film. It was finally released on DVD thought the Warner Archive Collection earlier this year and gives Marion Davies… Read More Warner Archive Review: Edmund Goulding’s ‘Blondie of the Follies’ with Marion Davies

Warner Archive Review: ‘Marianne’ with Marion Davies

Marion Davies was once the most popular female comedian in the movies and made an easy transition to sound films in 1929. Audiences did hear her talk in the MGM showcase The Hollywood Revue of 1929, but just weeks later, her first full-length talkie hit the screens. Marianne, directed by Robert Z. Leonard, was a… Read More Warner Archive Review: ‘Marianne’ with Marion Davies

Frank Sinatra: The Early Years – ‘Higher and Higher’

I recently picked up Warner Bros. Home Video’s 2008 DVD set ‘Frank Sinatra: The Early Years.’ I’ve never seen any of these films and have just started going through them in chronological order. The earliest film in the set is ‘Higher and Higher.’ Frank Sinatra made his starring debut in the 1943 RKO movie Higher… Read More Frank Sinatra: The Early Years – ‘Higher and Higher’

Allan Dwan’s ‘The Three Musketeers’ with Don Ameche & The Ritz Brothers

In the latest episode of “Surprise Picks from Discount Stores,” I’m covering the 1939 version of The Three Musketeers. I found this at a Dollar General for just $3. It was a movie I hadn’t even heard of before I spotted it. But since I still haven’t seen that many Ameche films, I figured it… Read More Allan Dwan’s ‘The Three Musketeers’ with Don Ameche & The Ritz Brothers

‘It’s Always Fair Weather,’ Except When It’s Not: The Musical Gets Cynical

Welcome readers to Movie Mania Madness and thanks to the Classic Movie History Projects hosts Aurora of Once Upon A Screen, Ruth of Silver Screenings and Fritzi of Movies, Silently for this event. Flicker Alley is also sponsoring it, so check them out (and buy their awesome Chaplin Mutual set). This is my first contribution… Read More ‘It’s Always Fair Weather,’ Except When It’s Not: The Musical Gets Cynical