The Late Show (1977)

In the intro, there’s a signed & framed, black & white photo of Martha Vickers (of THE BIG SLEEP (1946)) fame. After that, a guy named Harry (Howard Duff) shows up at Art Carney (his character’s name is Ira Wells)’s doorstep & bloodily dies. Apparently they used to be detective partners, or something. Ira calls […]

Fog Over Frisco (1934)

Directed by William Dieterle. The movie opens with a guy in a raincoat dropping off about $250,000 of stolen bonds to the owner of Bello’s nightclub. Very shady. Arlene (Bette Davis) apparently used to hang out at Bello’s all the time & everyone (the band, bartenders, reporters who are fixtures there – everyone) knows her, quite well. […]

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Directed by Charles Crichton. Wow! Within the first five minutes, my purpose in watching this movie has been fulfilled. A blink-and-miss-her Audrey Hepburn appeared on screen just now to cuddle Alec Guinness’s face & say, “Oh, but how sweet of you!” – then scurry on her way, never to be seen again (in this film, […]

Men in White (1934)

Here’s the summary of this movie, as provided by my TV’s show listing: “A doctor committed to the art of healing begins an affair with a passionate and kind-hearted nurse despite being engaged to a social-climbing woman.” Gasp. Does this sound like my kind of movie, or what?! I am pumped. The movie begins with […]

The Blue Angel (1930)

Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Emil Jannings plays a stuffy, straight-laced Professor, who lives in a stinky apartment filled with books. We know it is stinky, because the maid (Ilse Fürstenburg) tells us so. Poor Professor Rath’s pet bird dies, and the maid’s just like, ‘Oh well – it didn’t sing that great anyway,’ and […]

Sahara (1943)

“A film dedicated to the IV Armored Corps of the Army Ground Forces, United States Army, whose cooperation made it possible to tell this story.” Directed by Zoltan Korda (who also co-wrote the screenplay). (And yes, Zoltan is Alexander’s brother.) “In June, 1942, a small detachment of American tanks with American crews, joined the British […]

No Man of Her Own (1932)

I’ve waited years to watch this movie. Carole Lombard & Clark Gable in their only film appearance together, 7 years before they got married in real life?! Are you kidding me?! It’s finally within reach! Ben Mankiewicz tells us that the only reason Carole Lombard got this role – since she was not a big star […]