Blondes at Work (1938)

Oh, hey! It’s Torchy (Glenda Farrell) & Skipper (Barton MacLane)! They’re back! This time, a department store owner called Marvin Spencer (Kenneth Harlan) has disappeared. Before Torchy & Skipper can get going on their “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” style of investigating/solving cases, Steve’s boss (Captain McTavish, played by Frank Shannon) tells Skipper that he’s […]

The Adventurous Blonde (1937)

Another Torchy movie! Hooray! Oh, how stellar – the first shot of this one is a train barreling down the tracks, straight toward the viewer! Torchy’s sitting next to this woman on the train (Theresa Gray, played by Natalie Moorhead), and the porter who delivers telegrams to the two of them gets the notes mixed […]

Fly Away Baby (1937)

Remember that time I said that just because I was watching SMART BLONDE (1937), didn’t mean I was going to watch all the Torchy Blane movies? Well, I lied. I currently have the next four Torchy movies recorded on my DVR, and I will definitely be watching them and posting about them. So…if you hate Torchy, then […]

Night Moves (1975)

Directed by Arthur Penn. Gene Hackman is a detective named Harry Moseby who takes on the case of actress Arlene Iverson (Janet Ward), whose 16-year-old daughter has gone missing. Arlene’s answer to ‘Who does your daughter hang out with?’ is “A creep called Quinton.” Sounds promising. Oooh, crazy! Gene goes to surprise his wife after […]

Stolen Holiday (1937)

Directed by Michael Curtiz. (Second of 11 total films that Curtiz & Claude Rains made together.) Said to be loosely based on the real life of con-artist Alexander Stavisky. Love the font used in the opening credits. So this era. Weird setup for a movie. Russian con-artist Stefan Orloff (Rains) attends a Paris fashion show […]

Night Court (1932)

Entirely coincidentally, this is the second film in a row I’ve watched that’s directed by One-Take Woody (W.S. Van Dyke). Fun! Based on a play by Mark Hellinger (of THE NAKED CITY (1948) fame) and Charles Beahan. Walter Huston plays a man named Judge Moffett, who presides over – you guessed it – a night court. Pre-workday (or […]

It’s a Wonderful World (1939)

Alright, so – after I watched the THE goddamn CIRCLE (1925), I had to watch a movie I knew would leave me in a good mood…thus, I am re-watching this charming little film. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Screenplay by Ben Hecht. And starring, of course, James Stewart & Claudette Colbert. (And no, I feel […]