I Live My Life contains all the ingredients, and to good measure, for a conventional Joan Crawford picture. An amusing romance [from a story by A. Carter Goodloe] is backgrounded by clothes…
The film is something of an audible novel. Beaucoup dialog and much palaver, with a minimum of action. It's a talky, slow exposition for the first three reels or so, all tending to indicate what a…
Roberta is musical picture-making at its best - fast, smart, good looking and tuneful. The original [1933 Broadway musical's] chief assets were fine music [by Jerome Kern] and good taste. The picture…
Arriving at the tail end of the G-man and gangster cycle, Dr Socrates hasn't the vigor of some of its predecessors, but the constant and basic threat of violence is always present.
Bette Davis' first starring venture allows her to go high, wide and handsome on the emotions. She takes 'em all in a stride that saves the yarn from dying by its own befuddlement.
This one is Hollywood at its very best. For plot the scenarists have used, with some variations, the first two books of the Charles Nordhoff-James Hall Norman trilogy on the mutiny of Fletcher…
Paul Muni is a Mexican, and does it realistically and effectively. He's a kid who's worked hard in night school and finally manages to pass a legal examination in Los Angeles. But he loses his first…
One of those stories that without a particularly strong plot manages to come through in a big way, due to the acting, dialog, situations and direction. In other words, the story has that intangible…
Viva Villa! is a corking western. It's a big, impressive production which sets out to make Wallace Beery's Pancho Villa appear as a somewhat sympathetic and quasi-patriotic bandit.
Sam Goldwyn brilliantly launches a new star in a not so brilliant vehicle. Anna Sten has beauty, glamour, charm, histrionic ability (although there are a couple of moments which seemed a bit beyond…