Piccadilly Jim (1936)

Oh man…this has so many good people in it. Screenplay by Charles Brackett & Edwin Knopf (based on a novel by P.G. Wodehouse). Robert Montgomery is James Crocket, Jr., a prospering cartoonist/caricaturist living in England. Frank Morgan is James, Sr., his non-prospering actor father who¬†only acts in Shakespeare plays – otherwise, he acts in nothing…so, […]

The Trail of ’98 (1928)

Silent. Directed by Clarence Brown. Filmed largely on location in Alaska, & is infamous for an icy rapids scene in which 4 of the stuntmen filming it drowned. Okay, so…it is 1897 and a ship arrives in San Francisco from Alaska, and aboard it is GOLD and the men who found it. Everyone wants a […]

The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936)

Written by H.G. Wells. The opening credits are very nearly illegible due to the blocky, shadowed, 3D-looking text they chose. I can tell they were trying to be fancy & impressive – but it fails the legibility test. Such a shame – and what a waste of the letter artist’s time! This movie starts out […]

The Secret 6 (1931)

The first of six movies Jean Harlow & Clark Gable made together. (It’s still early, though – so neither is the “star” in it.) Ralph Bellamy’s first movie role. Story & dialogue written by Frances Marion. Directed by George Hill (Marion’s husband, at the time). Wallace Beery plays Slaughterhouse (for real – that’s what they […]

Brief Moment (1933)

Directed by David Burton. Rod (Gene Raymond) is engaged to Abby Kane, a night club singer. His family is not wild about this idea, because clearly she doesn’t have the proper amount of social class & good breeding. This is not one of Lombard’s bawdier roles, so after the family meets her, I am surprised […]

Across the Pacific (1942)

Directed by…the director of THE MALTESE FALCON! Starring…the cast of THE MALTESE FALCON! (i.e. – John Huston, and Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, & Sydney Greenstreet, respectively.) Rick (because what else would Humphrey Bogart be called in a movie from 1942) Leland has been dishonorably discharged from the United States Army. We don’t know why – […]

Smilin’ Through (1932)

Directed by Sidney Franklin. Sir John Carteret (a greyed-up Leslie Howard) has been living in solitary darkness for 30 years, since the great love of his life, Moonyeen, passed away when they were 19. His plans for continued solitude are disrupted when his buddy Owen (O.P. Heggie) informs him that Moonyeen’s sister & her husband […]