Today’s film is adapts the successful stage play directed by George Cukor. It’s a Who’s Who of actors telling a story about the society…and yet I was left bored. I’m all for high-society ensemble films but Dinner at Eight is like a long-winded play filled with characters I had little interest in. Harlow plays a scheming adulteress, and while it’s pre-Code it’s not nearly as risque nor does it revel in its own debauchery like Red Dust. Instead, the end plays like a cautionary tale about the rich and famous.
What’s in this week’s update: News on an upcoming SAG recipient, more TCM documentaries coming to DVD, pricing changes for ClassicFlix members, and what’s coming to DVD and Blu-ray.
Reviewing It Happened One Night was a long time in coming, but as I always say, what more can be said about a movie already universally praised? I love It Happened One Night, but my praise isn’t effusive. However, it’s cited as one of the best comedies for a reason, so let’s talk about a few of them.
Another week closes out and a new week starts again. Based on the list below the readers were following up on various Summer Under the Stars honorees, and paying tribute to Lauren Bacall.
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We diverge from Summer Under the Stars for a day to look a radio play turned film starring the double whammy of Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster. My mother’s listened to Agnes Moorehead’s original radio production – a role she tackled till the 1960s – and I’m interested in comparing these two. As its own film, Sorry, Wrong Number is a tidy noir with a few too many complications sustaining the runtime.
I won’t lie to you and backdate this post. Thankfully, not much happened during this week in classic film news so let’s get right into it.
The tale of the rascally outlaws ushered in the 1960s as a time of violence fastened together by sympathetic revolutionaries. This revisionist legend romanticized the gangster genre, and heavily inspired director Terence Malick’s debut, Badlands. With a fantastic cast, and a bevy of different genres homaged, Bonnie and Clyde is the perfect crash course into the 1960s by way of the Great Depression.