The black cat review

Today’s review of The black cat is done for this year’s great villain Great Villain blogathon. This post is part of the Great Villain blogathon, hosted by Speakeasy, Silver Screenings and Shadows and Satin. Be sure to check out other entries form this event. Thanks to the wonderful hosts for this wonderful event. so to review this classic gem now.

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ca75bfe0b446b1c7e75b4f3208772409Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat was released in 1934; it was the first feature film to famed Universal horror actors Bella Lugosi (“Dracula”) and Boris Karloff (“Frankenstein”) in the same film together which may explain why it is one of the beloved cult classics.

Bella Lugosi plays the good guy in this movie.  The role of Dr. Vitus Werdegast is among the finest ever played by Bella Lugosi. it is so much of a departure from many of his other roles it does stand out among his roles.Boris Karloff plays Hjalmar Poelzig, a Satanic architect whom is among one of his finest roles on the screen as he plays a wonderfully creepy role. He plays a devil worshiper that holds black masses and a penchant for the ladies only when they are put to the  devil’s business. He plays it so dark and twisted as this evil devil worshiping priest. He was once friends to Dr. Vitus Werdegast whom he betrayed during the war which led to a long imprisonment.  This bond really plays off well in parts you see shades of the friendship yet you know truth that both men don’t like each other. They play both together in a horror classic in a fine manner as both of the duo really lights up the screen.

Peter Alison (David Manners), a pulp mystery writer, and his newlywed bride, Joan (Julie Bishop,) both plays both roles finely i may add as both really are good at playing off this couple stuck in middle of this game between both men. Julie Bishop of course plays Joan the victim in the middle of it all.She is used as a pawn in Hjalmar Poelzig’s rituals. Both of the couple really stands out as both give out wonderful performances. The Black Cat contains some of the most unsettling scenes of any classic Universal horror film. It is the darkest of them all. I just wonder how it was viewed by audiences in 1934. Two scenes that immediately come to mind are the black mass performed by Karloff and the torture scene at the end of the film. These scenes are not typical of the Universal classics as this is darker than normal universal horror movies.  I adore the darker elements that make this movie really stand out among horror movies of that era. The setting of this movie is different than other universal horror movies as its futuristic house really stands out among universal horror movie movies.  It’s wonderful set design and cinematography and lighting really shines that makes it stand out along with its wonderful acting and makeup work and direction makes this universal classic stand out. This is one classic movie you should see today.

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The Princess Comes Across

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TODAY i talk about The Princess Comes Across with a review that honors  Carole Lombard for the Carole Lombard: The Profane Angel Blogathon hosted by my good friend Crystal Kalyana Pacey  form IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD and also hosted by Laura from Phyllis Loves Classic Movies Thanks to both wonderful hosts for hosting this event to honor this great actress and legend.  So thanks to both wonderful hosts as you can check out others form the event at both sites and thanks so much both hosts. Lets begin the honors of this wonderful legend whom is the queen of screwball comedies in my eyes.

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THE PRINCESS COMES ACROSS (Paramount, 1936), directed by William K. Howard, based on story by Philip MacDonald and adapted from novel by Louis Lucien Rogger, reunites Carole Lombard with Fred MacMurray in their second team up on the screen after HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE (1935) which was their first paring on the screen of both legends. In the1930’s they loved a good mystery story as they also did love the screwball comedy so when paramount combined both and starred a pair together that worked together in the past it was a fun match in heaven.

The Princess Comes Across may be one of the early movies that makes fun of the movies which really is a trait often used by great filmmakers such a Mel brooks among others today. It made fun of thrillers which happens to be one of the biggest draws of that era. It made fun of publicity that the public thrives on too often in the media.

Carole Lombard plays a plays an American who can’t get a job in Hollywood, so she pretends to be a Swedish princess named Princess Olga. Fred MacMurray plays the role of  a popular bandleader who is also on board and takes a shine to the Princess as the princess is indifferent to him until the mystery begins to unfold,

Carole Lombard plays a good that comes off as funny making an impression upon you instantly as she plays up the garbo element of her comedy to a tee. It’s one fun role for her. Fred MacMurray plays a very good role one of his earlier roles on the screen as we see him really making an impression upon us. Douglass Dumbrille plays a very fun role. The rest of the cast really play such very solid roles. It’s very much a funny and fast paced comedy that really does make such fun of many tropes of the time. Its impression of Greta Garbo by carol Carole Lombard really does shine greatly. We have a somewhat fun gem that does try hard to make an impression upon you. It isn’t the best classic in world but a very fun classic to watch time to time.

The ruth rating:three and half bettes

Mysterious Gems

Mysterious gems

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The 1930’s had many classic mystery movies that had such a wonderful depth to them. So today i am talking about them. Many of them had the traits of noir to come in the future in a slight way. So what movies do are the mystery gems that captured the decade of the 1930’s.

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Ginger Rogers whom later would be headlines one of the mystery classics of the 1930’s as she starred in The Thirteenth Guest which was a very early role for her as she wasn’t yet the key name of Hollywood. The Thirteenth Guest was directed by y Albert Ray, from the novel by Armitage Trail. It’s a very fun little mystery gem that was a poverty row thriller that had many of the traits of the The Cat and the Canary an earlier film. It was pre-code as many scenes are very much pre-code era in its tone. It is A good mystery movie with a good supporting cast of James Eagles as Bud Morgan, Marie’s brother; Erville Alderson as Uncle John Adams; Frances Rich as Marjorie Thornton; Ethel Wales as Joan Thornton; William B. Davidson as Captain Browne; Eddie Phillips as Thor Jensen; and Phillips Smalley as Dick Thornton and an early ginger Rogers. It’s very much a fun little gem you can enjoy anytime.

Its the stuff that dreams are made of. This is not the famous version of the movie. Its the early pre-code crime flim which is based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. This is a fascinating version of the story definitively filmed ten years later by John Huston, because of the ways in which it comes close to capturing the Hammett novel but doesnt come close to the the classic version we hold dear. It stars Bebe Daniels in likely one of her very wonderful roles as she really does bring home this role. Ricardo Cortez gives us a very good role. Thelma Todd is another fine actress that does give a good job in her role. Dwight Frye gives us a good role that isn’t universal horror as he does a good job here. Una Merkel really gives such a good role. Its acting is very good. Both the 1931 and 1941 films lifted great chunks of dialogue from Hammett’s novel, and very often the dialogue is line-for-line the same. But two more completely different films could scarcely be imagined. Where the 1931 film strives for an urbane quality which the 1941 inspires to be gritty. Its the orginal version of the tale which really is a good mystery classic of the 1930’s

In the 1920s and 1930s Philo Vance became a household name with publication of the wildly popular S.S. Van Dine (alias for Willard Huntington Wright) novels featuring the patrician amateur detective. This movie based upon one of the novels of this series stars William Powell and mary astor. I would say this is one of the better movies based upon the novels. William Powell really gives us a fine role as the lead directive in which he really gives us one charming role which would later shape his thin man role to come. It is fine acting by mary astor.  I would point out rest of cast give us good roles. As far as murder mystery films go, it just doesn’t get any better than this one. Populated with suspicious characters, all connected to a dog show and all having very good reason to murder the apparent suicide victim Archer Coe as this mystery is one juicy movie that really does give us a tale that really is among the classics of the 1930’s. Its a fun little gem that you can enjoy to watch sometimes.

“The Thin Man a deliciously superb mix that keeps getting better with every single viewing. The first time I missed a bit of the murder plot, but repeated viewings just enhance the movie as very few movies can i just repeat on same day and yet still love it dearly as this movie. W.S. Van Dyke’s 1934 film “The Thin Man stars Myrna Loy and William Powell as Nora and Nick Charles, upper class sleuths who unwittingly become caught up in the case of a missing friend and former client. William Powell may be one very amazing actor in this movie as he really is not bogat level cool but he really embodies the family man. He gives likely one of his finest roles on the screen here which would later mark a series of thin man movies which each movie is very charming in their own way.  Myrna Loy Really shines in her break out role in my eyes of that era as really embodies the housewife that gets caught up in a mystery to only play part in one. She truly is one amazing actress that i adore highly this is likely among this movie and her later movies that really made me adore this actress highly.  “The Thin Man is a great detective story that is enhanced by its humor and wit in which William Powell may be the funniest man of the pair. They both bring class and wit and humor to the mix. All of the characters are made believable by the wonderful actors and its direction is just amazing as ever. Its a true classic of the golden age of movies.

As I wrap up my talk today i choose one last gem to talk about which is The Hound of the Baskervilles made in the great year of 1939. Its stars thee the duo of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Sherlock and Holmes. 1939 was a great year for Basil Rathbone. Not only did he star in Son of Frankenstein, but he began his string of Sherlock Holmes flicks that even now are as popular as ever. This version of the classic The Hound of the Baskervilles stands among the classics. Sidney Lanfield directs a fine mystery tale that really does a great job of bringing the moors to the screen. Basil Rathbone shines as Sherlock Holmes in a fine role that may be among his finest roles. Nigel Bruce shines in his role as Holmes. Richard Greene plays a very amazing role as another hero of the picture. The rest of the cast is also wonderful as they give such wonderful supporting roles. The Hound of the Baskervilles may be among one of the classics of the era of the 1930’s and also among the classics. It’s a fine gem that one can watch anytime. So today i talked about some of the notable mystery classics of the 1930’s i would suggest look into the era deeper you may find many other gems i did not talk about as this era is one of the defining eras of movies. So enjoy movie magic each day.

 

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon is here

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon is here

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The Wonderful World of Cinema:Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara: Movie History’s Most Iconic Character

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Vivien Leigh was a petite classically trained legend of the silver screen.  She remains best-known for her two most successful screen roles as American Southern belles as i have been enchanted by her charms since I saw Vivien Leigh in gone with the wind. Her film career spanned 30 years yet she only starred in 19 films but each role showed us a different facet of her talent that talent earned her two academy award Her life with one of the greatest actors of the stage and screen made her the center of attention for millions. She had repeated illnesses in her lifetime. She still remains unknown to us even today. She said every role she played was a part of her real personality. Vivien Leigh was all of these elements and much more as she was such a wonderful actress of the stage and screen. So to honor her on her birthday with a Blogathon honoring both Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier for her birthday starting now. Check out posts of others taking part. So thankful everyone taking in the second annual event. So happy birthday to Vivien Leigh.

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon

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BLOGATHON RULES: Bloggers are more than welcome to write about any film or topic relating to Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier the Blogathon will be held on November 02 Until November 05 2016. Please send your posts into me on any one of those days. Duplicate entries allowed. So all have fun and join in to honor him. These banners below was created by the wonderful world of cinema. I would love to thank Virginie Pronovost form that blog so much for making them. She is one is one my close friends. I would say check out her wonderful blog if you can too. You can use them for the event if you like.

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Viven Leigh was a petite classically trained legend of the silver screen.  She remains best-known for her two most successful screen roles as American Southern belles as i have been enchanted by her charms since I saw Vivien Leigh in gone with the wind. Her film career spanned 30 years yet she only starred in 19 films but each role showed us a different facet of her talent that talent earned her two academy award Her life with one of the greatest actors of the stage and screen made her the center of attention for millions. She had repeated illnesses in her lifetime. She still remains unknown to us even today. She said every role she played was a part of her real personality. Viven Leigh was all of these elements and much more as she was such a wonderful actress of the stage and screen. So to honor her on her birthday with a Blogathon honoring both Viven Leigh and Laurence Olivier for her birthday. It starts on November 02 lasting to November 05. She truly deserves this honor so join into this event to honor her for her birthday by signing up below to join into the event.

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The Wonderful World of Cinema:Gone with the wind

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood:Wuthering Heights and Storm In A Teacup

Old Hollywood Films:Anna Karenina

la-explorer:Rebecca

Dbmoviesblog:Gone with wind and Street car named desire

Romeo and Juliet

The Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon review of Romeo and Juliet 

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It’s an event that is made In commemoration of Ethel Barrymore’s, 136th Birthday on August 15th,An event hosted by in the good old days of classic Hollywood an outstanding blog that is ran by Crystal Kalyana Pacey. It’s an event honoring entire Barrymore family the royal family of Hollywood whom have been acting for ages. An outstanding family full of many talented legends. So i join this event to honor a member of this outstanding family. This is the second time we do such honors and its well deserved. I hope you check out this event, thanks for this event. I hope check out this event’s other outstanding entries too, thanks again for this event.barrymore-banner-2https://crystalkalyana.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/the-second-annual-barrymore-trilogy-blogathon-has-now-arrived/

Romeo and Juliet review 

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ROMEO AND JULIET does bare being the frist time MGM did the work of Shakespeare for the sliver screen as its a lavish production by  MGM and Irving Thalberg showcasing many of its talents in one truly golden classic. 

John Barrymore amply displays his celebrated talent in one of his finest hours on the screen. It’s such a wonderful performance by one of the finest legends of the golden age. Edna May Oliver steals the show as she gives such wonderful acting. Norma Shearer truly shines as Juliet in one of her fine roles as she gives us a fine display of acting in her performance on the screen. Leslie Howard’s Romeo truly does give us such a wonderful performance as he does such a wonderful acting in his respective role on the  screen. This movie has such wonderful sets and costumes that really are some of the finest at that time on the screen of its production. George Cukor’s direction is on display at his finest as he really does nail home the performances of the cast that do make out such dramatic roles that are outstanding performances by them. ROMEO AND JULIET remains one of those timeless classics that i can watch often as i find such joy in watching john Barrymore ham it up in so many scenes. It has wonderful acting-direction-sets and production all coming together to make it one of the finest movies of the 1930’s and finest of the golden age.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) quick review.

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John Barrymore played the dual role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde which was his big silent era debut. Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published in 1886 and was an immediate hit. Dozens of film adaptations have been made, starring everyone from Spencer Tracy to Adam Baldwin, the 1931 Fredric March version being arguably the most famous John Barrymore had been appearing in motion pictures since 1914 but had not yet enjoyed the same level of success that he had achieved on the stage until this movie. It’s his debut into the movie scene. Its considered an early classic of horror. I wouldn’t call it scary at all as it’s a very haunting performance by John Barrymore which was one of his best roles to date on the screen at that point, this movie has some amazing dramatic acting by John Barrymore as it does have its moments of scares but it’s truly more a role that is driven by great acting. One amazing early horror classic gem.

The ruth rating:five bette's                                      Today The entire Barrymore family the royal family of Hollywood whom have been acting for ages. An outstanding family full of many talented legends. So thanks to outstanding hosts for this wonderful event as i reviewed two classic movies in one review for this honorary day.

 

Norma Shearer queen of MGM

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Today is Edith Norma Shearer’s birthday aka Norma Shearer the queen of MGM’s birthday.  She remains one of the finest legends to ever grace the screen so today is a tribute in way to the grand legend of Norma shearer .

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The Divorcee (1930) Review

The Divorcee (1930) was the one that almost got away for Norma Shearer. As the wife of MGM’s director of production, Irving G. Thalberg, she pretty much had a lock on any strong female role that ended up on the production roster. But her marital situation almost proved her undoing on this one. Thalberg had such an exalted opinion of his wife, that he initially refused to consider her for the lead in this steamy tale of divorce and infidelity.  Its movie of its time period and era as it’s a pre-code classic that really does belong in that era of pre-codes over its subject. This movie is a study on life at end of movie to view as a study of American culture at the very end of the Roaring Twenties when women were assuredly emancipating their position in society as many things were changing yet it remained the same as its pre-code era America in its heart and soul.

Norma Shearer who won the best actress for this role really comes off very strong in the role as Jerry as she plays it softly in part but she makes us feel the for the character as we see her able to really come across as real and true which is a rarity in movies as this movie earned her an Oscar for this wonderfully layered role that she nails home one of her finest performances on the screen. Chester Morris is somewhat weaker in his role than Norma Shearer as he seems to lack the raw drive as Norma Shearer does in her role yet he does a darn good job in his role. The supporting acting of everyone in the cast is simply outstanding as they give such wonderful performances.

The direction is very strong as we see the hand of Robert Z. Leonard Craft out some great acting from his cast.      The Divorcee remains one of the finest pre-code classics ever crafted out on the screen form its mirroring of the time period and era in its feeling to its great acting and direction it makes this a timeless pre-code classic that one should watch today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's                                                                     

A free soul reviewA free soul is another one of Norma’s pre-code classics which also starred Clark gable among other great legends as it is often overlooked for many of her other classic movies. This is one classic movie that is based upon a book that truly may be one of those classics many overlook today. Norma Shearer was nominated for an Oscar for this role as its truly one of her finer roles on the screen. She gives such a wonderful performance that remains one of her stand out roles. Lionel Barrymore gives out such a wonderful role.  Clark Gable’s charm really is on play here as he plays a good role as one of his early screen roles for the sliver screen he still feels raw somewhat as its still a fine role for him. This movie is a charming pre-code classic with great witty lines and good acting and direction making it one good classic movie to watch anytime.

The Ruth rating:four bette's

romeo and Juliet review

ROMEO AND JULIET does bare being the frist time MGM did the work of Shakespeare for the sliver screen as its a lavish production by  MGM and Irving Thalberg showcasing many of its talents in one truly golden classic. 

John Barrymore amply displays his celebrated talent in one of his finest hours on the screen. It’s such a wonderful performance by one of the finest legends of the golden age. Edna May Oliver steals the show as she gives such wonderful acting. Norma Shearer truly shines as Juliet in one of her fine roles as she gives us a fine display of acting in her performance on the screen. Leslie Howard’s Romeo truly does give us such a wonderful performance as he does such a wonderful acting in his respective role on the  screen. This movie has such wonderful sets and costumes that really are some of the finest at that time on the screen of its production. George Cukor’s direction is on display at his finest as he really does nail home the performances of the cast that do make out such dramatic roles that are outstanding performances by them. ROMEO AND JULIET remains one of those timeless classics that i can watch often as i find such joy in watching john Barrymore ham it up in so many scenes. It has wonderful acting-direction-sets and production all coming together to make it one of the finest movies of the 1930’s and finest of the golden age.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

12321542_764358317004117_6444927574836744861_nHappy birthday to Norma steer as she forever remains one of the queens of the golden age as she managed to nail home such wonderful roles many times. She will always remain timeless to movie fans all over the world as today’s tribute was done in her honor for her birthday so happy birthday to this wonderful legend.13713_671588202947796_2218059961674286761_n