Classic Movies

Grey Market Cinema: Seven Footprints to Satan (1929)

Wealthy young man-about-town James Kirkham (Creighton Hale) may not have the hypnotic power to cloud men’s minds so that they cannot see him…but he’s loaded with dough all the same, and he’s yearning to go to Africa for some “adventure.”  His Uncle Joe (DeWitt Jennings) isn’t particularly sold on the jaunt to the Dark Continent, while… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Seven Footprints to Satan (1929)

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Grey Market Cinema: The Undead (1957)

In my formative movie nut years, one of the activities that I looked forward to the most was when the ‘rents did a little stepping out at Saturday night dances at the country club (yes, we belonged to a country club—believe me, it wasn’t as hoity-toity as it sounds since there wasn’t anything else going… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: The Undead (1957)

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On the Grapevine: Lane closure

Okay, apologies for the lame title of this post.  I couldn’t come up with anything nearly as clever as some of the two-reelers that comprise Lupino Lane Comedy Shorts, a Grapevine Video release that came out last month.  I got wind of this DVD a while back at the Silent Comedy Mafia website, where capo di tutti capi Richard M. Roberts mentioned that… Continue reading On the Grapevine: Lane closure

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Guilty Pleasures: Ghost Catchers (1944)

In a review of Murder in the Blue Room (1944) that I wrote for the blog a while back, I slipped in a casual mention of how Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas, and John Brunas—authors of the amazing reference tome Universal Horrors—were not particularly enamored of the Ole Olsen-Chic Johnson comedy Ghost Catchers (1944).  Here’s what they have to say: It’s hard… Continue reading Guilty Pleasures: Ghost Catchers (1944)

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Grey Market Cinema: Dante’s Inferno (1924)

It’s one of the greatest works in the history of world literature: the epic poem penned by the Italian bard Dante Alighieri that offers up visions of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven—The Divine Comedy (Divina Commedia).  Made up of three sections—Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso—Comedy follows the poet as he journeys through the afterlife…guided by the poet Virgil through Hell and Purgatory before… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Dante’s Inferno (1924)

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Grey Market Cinema: Honeymoon Lodge (1943)

Bob and Carol Sterling (David Bruce, June Vincent) have bought a one-way ticket to Splitsville.  The two of them are getting a divorce, mostly due to those petty annoyances that are known to drive wedges into movie marriages; he has a chain-smoking habit, she munches on crackers…in bed.  But of course, Mr. and Mrs. Sterling are still… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Honeymoon Lodge (1943)

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Thoroughly MODern Alley: Tol’able David (1921)

Greenstream, a small hamlet located in the mountains of Virginia, is home to the Kinemon family.  There’s Pa (Hunter, played by Edmund Gurney) and Ma (Marion Abbott), of course, and oldest brother Allen (Warner Richmond), who’s married to the expectant Rose (Patterson Dial).  But until that baby makes his appearance in the world, the youngest of the… Continue reading Thoroughly MODern Alley: Tol’able David (1921)