The murder of the miserly pawnbroker (Mrs Patrick Campbell in a ruthless, unsympathetic characterization) is the premeditated crime by Peter Lorre. Edward Arnold's old-fashioned police methods…
Breezy romance, with plenty of entertainment. Fred MacMurray and Ray Milland love the girl, the one as a matter-of-fact mugg, the other as a semi-cad son of an English duke. Claudette Colbert is…
Paramount obviously couldn't make up its mind what it wanted to do with this film; it's rambling and hokey. For a few moments it's sheer farce, for a few moments it's romance. And it never jells.
Sam Goldwyn picked Barbary Coast as a title and called in Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur to write a story to fit. Result is a picture that has all it takes to get along in thoroughbred company.
Gaumont has a zippy, punchy, romantic melodrama in The 39 Steps. Story is by John Buchan. It's melodrama and at times far-fetched and improbable, but the story twists and spins artfully from one…
Once more George White presents himself in his very own conception of a film Scandals, the second of the series. Once more it is dull entertainment. Trouble is largely traceable directly to White.
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…
The greatest trouble with Scarlet Empress is, at the same time, its greatest weakness. Josef von Sternberg becomes so enamoured of the pomp and flash values that he subjugates everything else to…
Difficult, beforehand, to reconcile the idea of Irvin Cobb's Judge Priest with Will Rogers. Cobb's long series of stories have suggested another type; portly, slightly pompous on occasion and…
Monte Cristo is a near-perfect blend of thrilling action and grand dialog, both of which elements are inherent in Alexandre Dumas' original story.