This post is published as part of the Summer Under the Stars blogathon After the Thin Man has a lot to live up to. It’s the first sequel to the … Continue Reading After the Thin Man (1936)
Barbara Stanwyck sailed through every genre of film and looked glorious doing int. In the ’30s, Stanwyck cultivated a persona as being a tough dame who could put a man … Continue Reading The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
Kay Francis and William Powell mix love and crime in Jewel Robbery.
Kay Francis and Lilyan Tashman are ‘Girls About Town.’ Read my full review of the pre-Code comedy.
1939 turns 80 this year but should you read 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year in celebration?
In honor of John Wayne’s birthday the Ticklish Trio discuss Wayne’s star introduction in the 1939 John Ford Western, Stagecoach. They also find time to discuss his complicated views in 2019, … Continue Reading Ticklish Business Episode #66: Stagecoach (1939) and the Complicated Legacy of John Wayne
Tarzan is an ubiquitous character in film history, becoming a franchise that dominated the 1930s into the ’50s and making Johnny Weissmuller an unconventional star. I say all this having … Continue Reading TCMFF Review: Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
Victorian literature is recognized for its emphasis on repression, social hierarchy, and gender politics. When William Thackery published Vanity Fair in 1848 he couldn’t have assumed that its heroine, Becky … Continue Reading Becky Sharp (1935)
To go along with TCM’s #MarchMadness tribute to Fredric March the Ticklish Trio discuss his Oscar-winning turn in the 1931 adaptation of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. We discuss who could … Continue Reading Ticklish Business Episode #61: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1931)
Though not sponsored content, I was provided a copy of this by the awesome folks at ClassicFlix. All opinions strictly my own. In 1937 MGM released the film Topper starring … Continue Reading Merrily We Live (1938)
Long-time readers of JiCF know I’m a sucker for a domestic melodrama and only Old Hollywood knows how to take a simple story about a couple struggling to make a … Continue Reading Made for Each Other (1939)
There are several reasons to praise Warner Archive, but the main one is that they support all manner of classic film, even small comedic outings like Kansas City Princess. This … Continue Reading Kansas City Princess (1934)
Another Throwback Thirstday devoted to my number one classic film love, John Garfield. I’ve pretty much decided that ’30s Garfield is my favorite, mainly because his cynicism is just adorable … Continue Reading Throwback Thirstday: They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
The implementation of the Code in 1934 left many films in a state of disarray, having to tweak scripts and direction at the last second to comply. Cinema was left … Continue Reading The Gay Bride (1934)
As cinephiles we’re aware of two truths: actors in biopics won’t look like their respective subjects and movies based on novels don’t often please fans of the book. This latter … Continue Reading A Lost Lady (1934)
Actresses were always pigeonholed during the classic era, but Kay Francis always seems especially confined to her particular brand of persona. Watching Comet Over Broadway immediately draws comparisons to another … Continue Reading Comet Over Broadway (1938)