Sunday, February 07, 2010
Thank You, Jeeves!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Jane in the Desert
Saturday, September 05, 2009
So Long at the Fair
Thursday, September 03, 2009
I'll Be There
Sunday, July 26, 2009
A Tickle in the Heart
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The Ramen Girl
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Conversaciones con mamá
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Royal Tenenbaums
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
My Favorite Year
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Phantom of Chinatown
Friday, August 01, 2008
There Goes Kelly
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Mr. Wong in Chinatown
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Daughter of Shanghai
Saturday, July 19, 2008
The Bucket List
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thank You, Mr. Moto
Friday, June 27, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The Saint's Vacation
Saturday, June 21, 2008
The Jade Mask
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
The Personality Kid
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Cheers for Miss Bishop
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Kid Glove Killer
Monday, March 10, 2008
Success at Any Price
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Merrily We Live
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Mystery of the Wax Museum
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
The Footloose Heiress
Monday, March 03, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
The Third Man
Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951) 2/10 IMDb
Kind of different. British. Pretty good, but a bit hokey in spots.
Meet Miss Bobby Socks (1944) 2/16 IMDb
Fun! A cornball comedy. Stereotypical. I didn't like the music much. I can't remember why I got this one. I think I thought William Hopper was in it.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Crime Doctor (1943) 1/5 IMDb
First of series. Ray Collins play a doctor. Very good. A nice setup for the series to follow.
The Crime Doctor's Warning (1945) 1/8 IMDb
The babe gets whacked early. Lots of skulking in the dark. Pretty good story. Complicated.
The Saint In Palm Springs (1941) 1/16 IMDb
Last George Sanders appearance in the series. A nice little mystery.
The Saint Meets The Tiger (1943) 1/22 IMDb
Hugh Sinclair as the Saint. A pretty guy. Very English. Atmospheric.
The Falcon Takes Over (1942) 1/23 IMDb
George Sanders. It's that Raymond Chandler story about Moose and Velma. Pretty good. Lynn Bari of PM fame.
Over The Goal (1937) 1/27 IMDb
William Hopper in lead. June Travis. A comedy College football movie! Interesting, but not that funny.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I Love a Mystery (1945) 11/17 IMDb
From the radio series episode The Decapitation of Jefferson Monk. Pretty good! A 30s style melodrama. Ironic.
Praying Mantis (1982) 11/24 IMDb
Well done but yuck! At least they all died. From British TV. A tape off eBay for Babs. Seen this years ago on public television.
Green For Danger (1946) 11/25 IMDb
British again. Atmospheric, wordy. A medical murder mystery during the war. V1s blowing up all over the place. Amusing.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date (1941) 10/6 IMDb
Not bad! Nice plot. Cute girl. A few Perry Mason people for fun.
Counter-Espionage (1942) 10/20 IMDb
Lone Wolf undercover. Pretty routine. Hillary Brooke.
Passport to Suez (1943) 10/21 IMDb
Lone Wolf again. More spies. Ann Savage! Several Perry People.
The Notorious Lone Wolf (1946) 10/26 IMDb
Gerald Mohr takes over the role. Quite different style. Not so good.
The Lone Wolf in London (1947) 10/27 IMDb
Gerald Mohr. Complicated, slow, better than last one. Alfred the Butler from TV's Batman.
The Lone Wolf and His Lady (1949) 10/28 IMDb
Ron Randell (who?) as the Wolf. Totally different! PM's June Vincent in a big role.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
The Chance of a Lifetime (1943) 9/1 IMDb
Boston Blackie. Typical. Some high tech stuff.
Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion (1945) 9/8 IMDb
Formulaic, but still fun.
Lady Gangster (1942) 9/9 IMDb
A prison pic. William Hopper works for Frank Wilcox. Complex. Happy ending.
A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946) 9/15 IMDb
Charles Lane lookin' young! Routine. The babe (Lynn Merrick) was really bad!
Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949) 9/29 IMDb
Last of series. Many familar faces. Pretty good.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Nancy Drew -- Detective (1938) 8/4 IMDb
Light and fast! Nancy is spunky. Featured amateur radio and pigeons. Fun!
Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939) 8/5 IMDb
Featured some high-tech bugging.
Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter (1939) 8/6 IMDb
What to say?
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939) 8/7 IMDb
We had seen this one before. DeWolf Hopper aka Paul Drake was in it.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Everything Is Illuminated (2005) 7/14 IMDb
Well done, great music, but got way too heavy.
Footsteps in the Dark (1941) 7/22 IMDb
Cute comedy murder mystery involving a burlesque star. William Hopper bit.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Crime Doctor's Diary (1949) 6/20 IMDb
A good solid mystery. Tricky ending.
Just Before Dawn (1946) 6/24 IMDb
Crime Doctor #7. Pretty good plot. Disguises again.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Trapped By Boston Blackie (1948) 5/2 IMDb
Disguises again! Funny and smooth. Extra twisty.
The Crime Doctor's Courage (1945) 5/19 IMDb
Opens like a soap opera TV show. Pretty good! Lots of PM people.
Crime Doctor's Man Hunt (1946) 5/25 IMDb
Pretty good mystery. Lots of PM people.
The Millerson Case (1947) 5/26 IMDb
Crime Doctor. Rustic fun! Set in the country. What a bunch of hicks! Lots of PM people.
The Crime Doctor's Gamble (1947) 5/27 IMDb
Set in Paris! A little talky, but pretty good overall.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
The Lone Wolf Takes A Chance (1941) IMDb
The Saint Takes Over (1940) 4/4 IMDb
George Sanders is cool! Formula. Like clockwork. Lots of murders. High 1940 tech.
One Mysterious Night (1944) 4/8 IMDb
A Boston Blackie. Pretty good. Janis Carter. Wow!
Boston Blackie's Rendezvous (1945) 4/22 IMDb
Kinda hokey setup. Very tricky. Psycho killer. Comedic.
Boston Blackie And The Law (1946) 4/29 IMDb
Blackie never gets any slack! Pretty routine. He was a magician.
Monday, April 16, 2007
The Canary Murder Case (1929) 3/2 IMDb
Philo Vance. Silent with sound added later. Not bad. Slow paced. Primitive camera work. No music.
The Greene Murder Case (1929) 3/4 IMDb
Philo Vance. Not bad. Faster pace. Better camera work. Awful sound quality. No music.
The Lone Wolf Returns (1935) 3/6 IMDb
Quite good. Familiar plot. Gail Patrick!
The Scarlet Clue (1945) 3/8 IMDb
Charlie Chan. Workaday routine spy chase. I remembered it. Half comedy.
Dangerous Blondes (1943) 3/10 IMDb
Pretty good light mystery-comedy. Husband and wife amateur sleuths.
The Benson Murder Case (1930) 3/10 IMDb
Philo Vance. Too old. Slow paced.
The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939) 3/11 IMDb
Warren William. Warm and fuzzy. A comedy. Pretty good.
The Lone Wolf Strikes (1940) 3/12 IMDb
A straight caper movie. Good! Clever ending. Warren William again.
The Saint In New York (1940) 3/13 IMDb
Pretty good but predictable. Louis Hayward was wrong for the role.
The Saint Strikes Back (1939) 3/14 IMDb
George Sanders, the real Saint. Pretty good. Music.
Reveille With Beverly (1943) 3/19 IMDb
Great music! Inspired by true story of Jean Ruth. I read about "Beverly" in Smithsonian and in Ruth's obit. Larry Parks! Irene and Tim Ryan again. Medium fun.
The Lone Wolf Meets A Lady (1940) 3/21 IMDb
Pretty good. Well plotted. Warren William again.
The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939) 3/23 IMDb
Philo Vance. Gracie stole the show. A hoot! Funny.
Crime Doctor's Strangest Case (1943) 3/23 IMDb
Pretty good. Talky and twisty. New series to me.
The Falcon's Adventure (1946) 3/28 IMDb
Tom Conway. Pretty good. Slick production. A very cool train!
After Midnight With Boston Blackie (1943) 3/29 IMDb
Pretty good. Ann Savage! Continuity problems. Dixie the stripper was a babe!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Confessions of Boston Blackie (1941) 2/1 IMDb
#2. Tricky as ever! Lot's of PM people in this one. Formula Fun!
Alias Boston Blackie (1942) 2/6 IMDb
#3. Not bad! Blackie even slipperier than usual. A young Larry Parks!
Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood (1942) 2/7 IMDb
#4. Pretty much the same as always. Am I burned out already?
The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947) 2/11 IMDb
A light Hollywood murder mystery. Opens like a documentary on the movie biz with visits to popular nightspots and cameos of famous columnists and broadcasters of the times. Fun! Kind of tricky. Great ending.
Times Square Playboy (1936) 2/18 IMDb
June Travis and Warren William. Not enough June. Pretty funny. Like a play, which it was.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
The Gay Falcon (1941) 1/6 IMDb
The first in the series. Great fun! Better than average. George Sanders.
Sarong Girl (1943) 1/6 IMDb
Ann Corio is yummy! Irene "Granny" Ryan! Who knew? Cornball Comedy. Good!
Go Into Your Dance (1935) IMDb
Glenda Farrell, Ruby Keeler, Al Jolson, Helen Morgan! A musical. Good fun!
The Saint in London (1939) 1/14 IMDb
George, again, with Sally Gray. Great fun! Velly, velly British!
Before Dawn (1933) 1/21 IMDb
Stuart Erwin, Warner Oland. Very old. Clever, but dated. A find-the-loot mystery.
Dragnet (1954) 1/29 IMDb
The way cops should be! Jack Webb. Many PM people. A noir comedy, now.
Meet Boston Blackie (1941) 1/30 IMDb
The first in the series. That Blackie is one slippery guy! Not bad! Many PM people.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Girl Missing (1933) 11/11 IMDb
A clever little mystery with Glenda Farrell as a goldigger showgirl.
Hi, Nellie! (1934) 11/11 IMDb
Glenda again in one we've seen. Paul Muni as a reporter. A mystery.
Special note! Hi, Nellie! was redone in 1937 as Love Is on the Air starring Ronald Reagan and June Travis. We've seen this one too. June is also a favorite of ours.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1930) 10/14 IMDb
Richard Dix. Stilted acting but fun. Clever plot; twisty ending.
London by Night (1937) 10/22 IMDb
A young Virginia Field. Wow! A funny, very British mystery. Cute dog.
Here Comes Carter (1936) 10/23 IMDb
Glenda Farrell as a brassy secretary. A fun comedy about an ambitious press agent.
Shadow of Doubt (1935) 10/25 IMDb
Ricardo Cortez. Good little mystery. Constance Collier a hit as the sleuth.
Those Endearing Young Charms (1945) 10/30 IMDb
Bill Willaims, Robert Young, Laraine Day. Well done but turgid wartime soaper.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Maisie Gets Her Man (1942) 9/4 IMDb
Yet another. Ann Southern. Red Skelton. Fun and Funny.
Come September (1961) 9/5 IMDb
A comedy. OK. Not as good as back when. Gina Lollobrigida! Rock Hudson.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
The World's Fastest Indian (2005) 8/8 IMDb
Excellent! A romanticized tale of a New Zealand eccentric. Good cast.
Maisie (1939) 8/25 IMDb
First of the series. Ann Southern. Robert Young. Good. Fun.
Maisie Was A Lady (1941) 8/29 IMDb
Number 4. Ann Southern. Lew Ayres. A bit more serious. Better. Fun.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
June July Movies
We're Not Married (1952) 6/12 IMdb
Episodic. Fred Allen. M. Monroe. Married coupled found not married. Fun.
Kopps (2003) 6/30 IMDb
Swedish film about cops in a crime-free small town. Strange, but fun.
Pajama Party (1964) IMDb
A beach movie. Annette. No Frankie. Dorothy Killgallen. Time warp.
Here's Flash Casey (1938) IMDb
Like a film class project. Photog solves crime. Fun. Also a radio show.
Friday, June 30, 2006
Easy To Love (1934) 5/9 IMDb
A cute little generational bedroom farce. Genevieve Tobin's a fav. Fun!
Monday, May 29, 2006
Topper (1937) 4/12 IMDb
Gary Crant as George. Medium good. Seen it too often.
Topper Takes a Trip (1939) 4/17 IMDb
The least good. George was gone but Marion was still there.
Topper Returns (1941) 4/29 IMDb
The best, IMHO. No George or Marion. Lively cast. Funny story.
Friday, April 21, 2006
The Letter (1940) 3/8 IMDb
Bette Davis in the jungle. Predictable. No zing. Kinda lame ending.
You Can't Take It with You (1938) 3/11 IMDb
Jimmie Stewart meets the kooks. Casting was off. Was this a rerun?
Miracles for Sale (1939) 3/20 IMDb
Illusion-builder Robert Young in a debunking light Mystery. Not bad.
One, Two, Three (1961) 3/28 IMDb
Germany before the wall. Jokes kinda lame. Arlene! Lilo Pulver stole it.
Monday, February 06, 2006
It's Movie Time
The Mask of Dimetrious (1944) 1/3 IMDb
Quite good. Very noirish but not exactly noir imho. A mystery.
The French Line (1954) 1/7 IMDb
Jane Russell.Wow! I read about this in Howard Hughes in Hollywood.
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) 1/16 IMDb
Extremely strange. Fantasy. Dr. Suess with live actors. Fun 50s people.
Bringing up Baby (1938) 1/22 IMDb
Gary Crant. Katharine Hepburn. Leslie had never seen it. A bit lame.
Haunted Honeymoon (1940) 1/31 IMDb
Based on Dorothy Sayers' Busman's Honeymoon. Leisurely pace but OK. Tidy.