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Adventures in Blu-ray: Topper (1937)

In the 1930s, Hal Roach’s success as an independent producer of short movie comedies was threatened by events completely beyond his control.  His “Lot of Fun” had cranked out one- and two-reelers since 1915 and introduced the ticket-buying public to such popular film comedians as Harold Lloyd, Charley Chase, and Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy. … Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Topper (1937)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: One Million B.C. (1940)

The last Hollywood project that the legendary D.W. Griffith worked on before being ignored by the industry until his passing in 1948 was a fantasy-adventure film produced at Hal Roach’s “Lot of Fun,” One Million B.C. (1940).  Roach hired Griffith to produce that movie and his earlier Of Mice and Men (1939), requesting in a… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: One Million B.C. (1940)

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Crime will not pay…not for a while, anyway…

Apologies for all the sawdust on the blog floor…but that’s kind of the reason why I don’t have an installment of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s weekly dissection into the MGM Crime Does Not Pay shorts ready.  I’ve been working like a madman (mahd, I tell you!) transferring much of the content from TDOY’s soon-to-be-boarded-up Blogspot… Continue reading Crime will not pay…not for a while, anyway…

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“Peace…wisdom…and happiness…”

It’s 1870, and the reign of Tsar Alexander II (Paul Harvey) is threatened by a Tartar uprising in Siberia, under the command of the ruthless Ivan Ogareff (Akim Tamiroff).  (Again with the “Ivan” prejudice.)  Alexander dispatches Captain Michael Strogoff (Anton Walbrook) to journey to Irkutsk—a small Siberian town that’s been isolated from the destruction of… Continue reading “Peace…wisdom…and happiness…”

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“Well, I like it—I don’t dig it…but I like it.”

In Guide for the Film Fanatic, movie historian Danny Peary describes the 1978 biopic American Hot Wax thusly: “Floyd Mutrux's affectionate facts-out-the-window tribute to the late Alan Freed, regarded as the first white deejay to play black music, has as flimsy a storyline as those fifties "B" rock 'n roll movies in which Freed appeared.”  Go, Johnny Go! (1959) was… Continue reading “Well, I like it—I don’t dig it…but I like it.”

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Adventures in Blu-ray: And Then There Were None (1945)

Back in July of 2010, I did a brief pictorial series with the devastatingly clever title “What I'll buy when I finally get a Blu-ray player.”  It didn’t last long; I did about five installments before relegating it to the Blogosphere dustbin because 1) I got bored with it very quickly, and 2) acquiring a Blu-ray player… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: And Then There Were None (1945)

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Buried Treasures: Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)

It is July 1940 in London, and accompanied by her friend Winnie (Billie Whitelaw), Violette Bushnell (Virginia McKenna) invites a soldier named Etienne Szabo (Alain Saury) to her family’s home for dinner.  Violette was born to a French mother (Denise Grey) and English father (Jack Warner), and what started out as a tribute to a French… Continue reading Buried Treasures: Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)