The Story of Temple Drake must be seen to be believed. It is an uncompromising nightmare, one that should make even modern audiences squirm in fear.… Read More Criterion Blu-Ray Review: The Story of Temple Drake
Goodbye Again, directed by Michael Curtiz, runs at such a speed that would even leave His Girl Friday catching its breath. … Read More Warner Archive Review: Michael Curtiz’s ‘Goodbye Again’
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
“I suppose it is murder… or it was.” For my first trick, I will try to make sense of William Dieterle’s 6 Hours To Live. In 72 minutes, this 1932 Fox pre-code film manages to touch just about every genre known to Hollywood at the time, except Westerns. Although considering how it goes, you could… Read More TCMFF: William Dieterle’s ‘6 Hours To Live’ – Murder… Maybe?
Love Is A Racket is something I picked up from Warner Archive a couple of years ago just because of that title. It’s just as snappy as the movie itself, a brisk, 71-minute adventure though Broadway’s seedy underworld with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and director William A. Wellman at the wheel. Fairbanks stars as Jimmy Russell,… Read More Warner Archive Review: William A. Wellman’s ‘Love Is A Racket’
Life is really hard for Barbara Stanwyck, at least in her pre-code days. One of the four movies she made in 1932 was Shopworn, produced at Columbia and directed by Nick Grinde. Written by regular Capra collaborators Jo Swerling and Robert Riskin, Shopworn is a typical Depression-era drama that surprisingly has nothing to do with… Read More Barbara Stanwyck in ‘Shopworn’
This month is going to be a total blast. Every Friday, TCM is airing Pre-Code films – the movies made in Hollywood from the late 1920s through 1934, when the production code was not being enforced. I knew of the Pre-Code films and had seen several of them before April’s TCM Classic Film Festival, but I… Read More Pre-Code fun begins with ‘Frisco Jenny’
This was a nice way to kick off the weekend. Virtue aired on TCM earlier this month on Carole Lombard’s day during Summer Under The Stars. The film pairs her with Pat O’Brien and she plays a reformed prostitute. She falls in love with O’Brien, a taxi driver who knows all about “them dames.” Or at… Read More ‘Virtue’ starring Carole Lombard