It wouldn’t be the Halloween season without discussing one of the many horror anthologies that exist. Recently released by Kino Lorber on a glittering Blu-Ray, Dead of Night has inspired … Continue Reading Dead of Night (1945)
This is reposted as part of the Summer Under the Stars blogathon. The Uninvited is Gothic horror done at its utmost best; where atmosphere plagues every corner, inundating the audience … Continue Reading The Uninvited (1944)
On first blush, George Cukor’s Gaslight isn’t a horror film. But it is if you’re a woman. The term commonly pops up today but most don’t know the movie it’s … Continue Reading Gaslight (1944)
Director John Brahms was best known for his sumptuously decorated murder mysteries, 1944’s The Lodger and 1945’s Hangover Square. Before he was getting A-list talent to go alongside his beautifully … Continue Reading The Undying Monster (1942)
For some reason, it’s always easier to spot cinematic trends in classic film. Every studio wants to capitalize on the last big success (or successes) which can lead to a … Continue Reading Whirlpool (1949)
There are certain movies whose magic resides in knowing they’ll never be recreated, and I’m not talking about because they’re untouchable. I mean because their content only works in the … Continue Reading The Major and the Minor (1942)
This is reposted as part of the Summer Under the Stars blogathon The year 1934 is considered the year when the Production Code was actually enforced in movies, with many … Continue Reading The Richest Girl in the World (1934)
This is reposted as part of the Summer Under the Stars blogathon By 1946 actor Humphrey Bogart fit into the role of detective Philip Marlowe so perfectly it might as … Continue Reading The Big Sleep (1946)
After her cherubic curls and childhood innocence gave way towards adult maturity Shirley Temple was cast out by the studio that gave her life, and it was a few years … Continue Reading Kathleen (1941)
This post is in conjunction with Film Forum’s Burt Lancaster tribute. Find out more and purchase tickets here. My mother’s listened to Agnes Moorehead’s original radio production – a role … Continue Reading Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
I review the Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas noir, I Walk Alone.
This post is in conjunction with Film Forum’s Burt Lancaster tribute. Find out more and purchase tickets here. Director Robert Siodmak, known for noir masterpieces like The Spiral Staircase (1946) and … Continue Reading Criss Cross (1949)
Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth pair up for the first of five features with The Lady in Question.
The gangster genre is traditionally male-dominated, so imagine my surprise at seeing the arrival of Lady Scarface from Warner Archive. A gangster who’s a woman?! What’s next, mixing French fries … Continue Reading Lady Scarface (1941)
When Kino Lorber made plans to release several of the Bing Crosby/Bob Hope “Road to…” movies I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve never taken a trip with Bing and Bob, … Continue Reading Road to Morocco (1942)
In honor of Tyrone Power’s birthday Samantha and Kristen look at his career and his 1942 swashbuckler, The Black Swan. They also answer your listener questions and announce the winner of … Continue Reading Ticklish Business Episode #64: The Black Swan (1942)