Classic Movies

From the DVR: The Circle (1925)

A title card reads: “Hugh Porteous was the best man at Clive Cheney’s wedding – and he still was, as far as Lady Catherine was concerned.”  As such, Lady Catherine (Joan Crawford) decides to leave her husband (Derek Glynne) and run away with his pal Porteous (Frank Braidwood).  She pins a note to the PJ’s… Continue reading From the DVR: The Circle (1925)

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From the DVR: Old San Francisco (1927)

A title card from Old San Francisco (1927) reads: “Under the proud banner of Spain, Governor Portola, heading a small band of Franciscan Padres and soldiers of Philip, came, in 1769, upon a land-locked harbor that was destined to become the site of the metropolis of the Pacific.”  This establishes the brief prologue of the movie, in which… Continue reading From the DVR: Old San Francisco (1927)

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“Want to get away from it all? We offer you…Escape!”

“Escape” is what I planned to offer you as this week’s entry of Overlooked Films on Tuesday; I had selected the 1948 feature starring Rex Harrison and Peggy Cummins, because I recently purchased a DVD copy from my very good friend Martin Grams, Jr. at his Finders Keepers website.  I have not seen the film—I’m not all that familiar with… Continue reading “Want to get away from it all? We offer you…Escape!”

Classic Movies

From the DVR: Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)

Agatha Reed (Joan Crawford) has capped off her successful career (among her former occupations: war correspondent) with her election to the U.S. House of Representatives (when we first see her, she is exiting a meeting of a committee she chairs).  But when a letter from Dr. James Merrill (Robert Young)—president of Good Hope College (For Women)—requests… Continue reading From the DVR: Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)

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From the DVR: A Woman’s Face (1941)

Disfigured by a house fire that occurred when she was five years old, Anna Holm (Joan Crawford) is proprietress of a Swedish tavern that attracts the likes of seedy aristocrats such as Torsten Barring (Conrad Veidt).  Barring makes Anna’s acquaintance one night when he desperately needs the honky tonk to extend him credit…and because he is… Continue reading From the DVR: A Woman’s Face (1941)

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From the DVR: The Mind Reader (1933)

You can’t argue that carnival hustlers Chandler (Warren William) and Frank (Allen Jenkins) aren’t dedicated to their profession—they have tried on as many rackets as they have suits, from “painless dentistry” to hawking hair tonic.  When their “flagpole sitting” concession proves to be a bust, the two men observe a phony mystic (Robert Greig) doing turn-away… Continue reading From the DVR: The Mind Reader (1933)

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From the Warner Archive: Slither (1973)

Paroled from prison after serving a stretch for car theft, easygoing Richard “Dick” Kanipsia (James Caan) agrees to stop by the B.F.E. home of fellow parolee Harry Moss (Richard B. Schull) for a beer before heading down the highway, destination to be determined.  What transpires during his visit with Harry will cement his future itinerary; no… Continue reading From the Warner Archive: Slither (1973)