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.
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 Jayne Mansfield’s birthday I’m joined by guest, Mansfield biographer April Vevea sits down to talk with me about the buxom actress, Frank Tashlin’s directorial prowess, and the … Continue Reading Ticklish Business Episode #63: Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
I grouse a lot about the state of classic cinema access and how so much depends on the belief that movies have to make money. But then you look at … Continue Reading You for Me (1952)
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)
Originally published December 24th, 2015 The 1950s were a comfortable time for the Walt Disney Company; they knew how to cater to 1950s audiences. Their movies are perfect representations of … Continue Reading Babes in Toyland (1961)
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)
Up until this point I’ve only reviewed (and seen) two Bob Hope features, both of them straightforward comedies – The Ghost Breakers (1940) and the fantastic The Cat and the … Continue Reading Mad About Musicals: Son of Paleface (1952)
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)
Gene Kelly is responsible for crafting two of the most enduring musicals of the 1950s, 1951’s An American in Paris and 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain. But by 1957 Kelly … Continue Reading Les Girls (1957)
I’m a sucker for a good marriage plot. Nearly every genre of classic film works better during the golden era but marriage plots are particularly unique. For one, they showcase … Continue Reading The First Hundred Years (1938)
Hollywood is at its best when it’s writing about itself. Or, at least in the moment, more often they’re excoriated for how “inside” they play to mass audiences. In 1979 … Continue Reading S.O.B. (1981)