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.

 

La Chienne an early noir gem

La Chienne an early noir gem

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Jean Renoir’s  social drama that was controversial and banned in the US due to its racy subject matter. It was remade as the dark film noir Scarlet Street (1945) by Fritz Lang. It really is the noir gem that many overlook still to date. . It tells the story of Maurice Legrand, a naive man who falls in love with a prostitute and subsequently has his financial resources extorted from him by the prostitute and her pimp.

Michel Simon gives out a fine performance as Maurice Legrand. I would say he really shines greatly in this respective role. Janie Mereze shines greatly in her role as Lulu. Its acting really shines greatly as ever as normal for a Jean Renoir movie. Outstanding acting wins the day here.

Renoir’s direction is well thought out, creative, careful, and effective. The style is not at all the dominant Hollywood style of its time as it it really is well crafted out. Renoir’s stylistic developments in La Chienne there is a great use of depth of field in key scenes throughout this classic. The camera work shines greatly and great editing which does show of the magic of Jean Renoir to come.

La Chienne is a great classic by Jean Renoir which has such great acting and editing and camera work and really a noir classic gem that does set up an idea to come and many traits of Jean Renoir to come. If you are looking for an entry point into Renoir’s body of work or have seen the director’s more famous films such as Grand Illusion, Rules of the Game comes to mind. this is one classic for the ages.


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