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…
Another galloping lithograph of the boy-and-girl-always-fighting woodblock [from a story by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding]. It Happened One Night (1934) is the spiritual pappy of this type of…
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.
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…
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…
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.
Powerful story of an actress and mother love. Kay Francis plays both a young woman and an aging, bespectacled aunt. As the Stella Parish of the London stage she is always a cameo of film loveliness…
Big Broadcast of 1936 is a film broadcaster of plenty of names and considerable entertainment. It hasn't much story, but the lack won't bother much.