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: ‘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

‘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

‘The Belle of New York’ with Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen

It’s hard to see your favorite stars stumble through a bad movie, especially when it has so many good names attached. That’s the case with The Belle of New York, a seemingly tossed-off Arthur Freed production from 1952. It stars Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen and was directed by Charles Walters. There’s even lyrics by Oscar… Read More ‘The Belle of New York’ with Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen

‘The Teahouse of the August Moon’ starring Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford

I’m currently going through the 2006 The Marlon Brando Collection, which I picked up a few weeks ago. While the set does include Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s fantastic adaptation of Julius Caesar, the rest of the films are completely new-to-me. Yes, I have somehow never seen the ’62 version of Mutiny on the Bounty. The other… Read More ‘The Teahouse of the August Moon’ starring Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford

Warner Archive Collection: ‘Test Pilot’ with Clark Gable, Myrna Loy & Spencer Tracy

I thought I knew all the reasons why I loved Myrna Loy, but then I saw Test Pilot this weekend and it completely changed my mind about her. She’s an MGM star we take for granted, with the good looks and sweet voice meant for the wife Clark Gable or William Powell meets at home… Read More Warner Archive Collection: ‘Test Pilot’ with Clark Gable, Myrna Loy & Spencer Tracy