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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Deception

Deception Review

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bette-blogathon-5Today I talk about Bette Davis my favorite legend of all time and favorite actress all time as she remains the queen of acting in my eyes.I review Deception in honor of her upcoming birthday and the THE SECOND ANNUAL BETTE DAVIS BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend Crystal Kalyana Pacey whom hosts this wonderful event and also runs the site in the good days of classic Hollywood.  I thank her kindly for hosting this wonderful event giving me a chance to review this wonderful classic gem in honor of the greatest legend of all time in my eyes.

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Irving Rapper’s Deception reunited the three stars of Now Voyager together in this noir classic gem as they all shine together equally in this movie.  Deception”was based on a play which opens up this classic story in an unexpected way.  Bette Davis  plays Christine Radcliffe  whom believes that her fiance was killed on the battlefield when he returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love.(.imdb plot bits mixed into it)  Bette davis really shines in this role as she plays  Christine Radcliffe like a tight glove as she is fast talking with the passion in her heart for the man she loves. She gives us one of her fine performances that truly shows how amazing this woman can be to melt into a caracter as you feel each mood is truly raw and real. Its a truly amazing performance by her.  Claude Rains plays the egotistical composer who is afraid to lose his own creation in a very remarkable performance. Paul Henried gives an amazing performance as karel the European cellist madly in love with Christine who thought he lost his love forever as he plays it so very well. Its a well acted classic with very great performance by its cast. Irving Rapper’s direction is very good and gives us a very good classic. Ernest Haller’s cinematography enhances all we see on the screen as each performance and shot is captured so greatly by one of the greatest of the era. Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s music is probably the film’s chief asset and it probably sounded superb over the monophonic sound systems when this film was released as this soundtrack is one of the finest of its time. Deception is end of an era for Bette Davis of her Warner Brothers films as she would later return in all about eve. Deception is a classic that everyone should see today as its truly a classic gem that shows Bette Davis at her finest hour whom would later return in all about eve to give one of her finest hours on the screen. You simply should watch this classic gem today

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The Damned Don’t Cry!

Today I talk about Joan Crawford in a review of the damned don’t cry whom went  Form silent movie legend to camp queen. Joan Crawford and her astonishing 45-year film career is the stuff of a Gatsby-esque legend of survival and reinvention. Simultaneously glorious, tragic, tawdry, and hype-filled, her story is the very embodiment of the real version of the American Dream. She is without a doubt one of the legends of the silver screen. so to review this classic movie today that may be one of her best movies all time.

The Damned Don’t Cry! review

Joan Crawford scores again in the role of weary housewife living at the edge of the Texas oil fields. When her young son is killed in a bicycle accident, she leaves her laborer husband Roy (Richard Egan) for the big city. In this Warner bros noir classic Joan Crawford shines in her role that is one of her movies under their banner.

The Damned Don’t Cry” is directed by Vincent Sherman whom crafts out a noir that is a tale of ambition, murder and betrayal in which Joan Crawford plays the the role of an ambitious woman from the working class that finds social ascension in the men’s world using her glamour and different lovers. The dammed dont cry is  based upon the story of  the mysterious Virginia Hill that belonged to the upper-class and her lover Bugsy Segall whom was one of the most infamous gangsters of the 1940’s.

This noir classic was very intelligently written and deserves more attention as one of the better Film Noir classics with Vincent Sherman directing and crafting out a very amazing noir classic that tells such a very layered story of life’s twists and turns with such rich and sappy  dialog and betrayals instantly turn this noir classic into a must see for any lover of noir.

Joan Crawford gives us a very amazing character that truly is a rich and complex woman that feels layered and deep with many scars and personal goals of her own. Joan Crawford delivers one of her best roles on the screen in my eyes as you see her not play this role sappy but very raw and deep with many sharp lines of dialog in her performance as one of her finest on the screen. David Brian and Kent Smith both give us such fine acting that makes them feel right at home with the tough Joan. Morris Ankrum truly gives us one amazing performance as the father of her. It’s really such wonderful acting by everyone.

This is a slick, fast-moving noir with a strong cast that gives out remarkable acting and a very wonderful direction by  Vincent Sherman and will keep the viewer involved and thrill you throughout this classic noir gem.

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The Devil and Miss Jones

The Devil and Miss Jones

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TODAY i talk about The Devil and Miss Jones. It is the screwball comedy classic that frankly stands among the classics. It stars one of my favorite actresses of the golden age Jean Arthur whom frank Capra called the gem of the screen.  It is a requested review by a friend on facebook named Mike Dirienzo. So thanks so much to him for this wonderful choice. so to begin this this review.

The Devil and Miss Jones review

J.P. Merrick (Charles Coburn) is a very rich and very grumpy department store owner. When his employees decide to start unionizing, hoping to get higher pay and better conditions in the workplace, he decides to take action to stop them. Determined to find and take down the union organizers, J.P. takes a job in his own store as a shoe salesman under the name of “Mr. Higgins.”  but soon finds their grievances are genuine through Miss Jones, Merrick’s co-worker and O’Brien’s girlfriend. Eventually, Merrick leads the fight for decent rights and also finds a girl of his own. (plot form goggle)

Sam Wood (Goodbye, Mr. Chips) directs 1941’s The Devil and Miss Jones, a romantic dramedy written by Norman Krasna (Indiscreet). Charles Coburn- jean Arthur-Robert Cummings and Spring Byington stars in this comedy classic with one of my favorite intros of any classic movie, The image of a good jean contrasted to the image of Charles Coburn as the devil is just such a delight to see.

Jean Arthur really shines wonderfully in her role. She makes the role as much driven by her very strong witty charming acting and her dramatic acting. She truly does give us among her finest of hours. It may be next to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as one of her finest roles i ever seen her play on the screen.

Charles Coburn truly shines in his role. He starred alongside jean in a few movies each of them he always matches her greatly as he feels perfectly cast in each role. He is truly a wonderful actor that always feels so charming to watch on the screen. Robert Cummings may be very much the perfect Joe as he truly makes its feel very much like the every-man in the movie. He truly is wonderful in his respective role.

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Spring Byington plays a truly wonderful role. Charles Coburn stands out. His character makes the greatest personal journey from disgruntled and closed-minded to happy and loving and willing to compromise as we see by end of the movie.  Jean Arthur is also a stand-out. She lights up the screen with her natural charm and bright personality.

The subplot of union’s organization drama drives the plot forward. It’s the sharp wit and charm of its cast that brings out the magic of this wonderful gem which in part is Sam Wood’s inspired direction that brings home the magic of this special comedy classic.This comedy has a moral depth to it that is a rarity in the genre of comedy.  Jean is truly the queen of dramedy. Frank Capra was right she was jewel indeed for all ages.  It is a must see for any one that loves a good screwball comedy or a movie lover as this movie will always delight you anytime you see it.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

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.

 

Lover Come Back

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So today i am reviewing one of my favorite comedies all time. lover come back is one of those wonderful comedy gems that i just delight to watch often and repeat watching often as i been so busy lately this is my return to blogging i hope you enjoy this review folks of this classic movie.

Lover Come Back review

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Rock Hudson and Doris day movies are often called very silly by today’s standard by many people but I just adore watching this movie.

It’s the screwball wit and charm of Doris day that brings the movie to life as she captures wonderfully as an actress what it means to be a screwball on film. She truly has such a charm that really works greatly for you to enjoy her.
I would say Rock Hudson really is another charming lead actor that gives one of those good wonderful roles that he manages to balance out Doris day.

The comic chemistry between Doris Day and Rock Hudson was unique and ranks with other classic pairings such as Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell among other pairings. Tony Randall shines in his his insecure character that is among one of the funniest ever performances on the screen.

The simple story of warring advertising executives works well as a good story that has such comic gold with its story making it among the best of the Doris day and Rock Hudson movies.
All the cast members do just fine in this very bright comedy that has me splitting a gut with laughter every time see this wonderful comic gem.

Lover Come Back is really a delightful and witty romantic comedy that really with such wonderful comic talent really is one of those wonderful little gems that really shines greatly with such wonderful humor making it a comedy to see over and over again.

 The Ruth rating:five bette's