Nightmare Alley is a harsh, brutal story [based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham] told with the sharp clarity of an etching.
Humphrey Bogart's typically tense performance raises this average whodunit quite a few notches. Film has good suspense and action, and some smart direction and photography.
Wilcox hasn't worried about any significant theme in this. He tells his four-generation story with smiles and tears, and obviously enjoys seeing two people in love.
Metro has concocted a fast action melodrama in Killer McCoy [based on the screenplay for their 1938 film, The Crowd Roars], to introduce Mickey Rooney to adult roles. Sentimental hoke is mixed with…
Body and Soul has a somewhat familiar title and a likewise familiar narrative. It's the telling, however, that's different.
The Two Mrs Carrolls, adapted from the Martin Vale legiter, is more stage play than motion picture. Overladen with dialog as action substitute, it talks itself out of much of the suspense that should…
Film carries the Diana Productions label, a combo of Walter Wanger, Fritz Lang and Joan Bennett who have been responsible for several other Diana thrillers. It is arty, with almost surrealistic…
Here is a $4 million (and claimed to be more) picture that looks its cost. That goes even for the lost footage through mishap with Peggy Cummins, the original candidate until Linda Darnell replaced…
The Macomber Affair, with an African hunt background, isn't particularly pleasant in content, even though action often is exciting and elements of suspense frequently hop up the spectator. Certain…
To make an entertaining film of this Dickens classic needed more courage than producer Michael Balcon shows. He should have thought first of the millions who care little or nothing whether any…