Saturday 25 April 2020

100- mainly UA again

Be Yourself (1930 - b/w) - Forgettable Fanny Brice musical.

Abraham Lincoln (1930 - b/w) - Rote biopic with Walter Huston. Lots of Civil War nonsense.

One Romantic Night (1930 - b/w) - Rote romance with Lillian Gish.

Du Barry - Woman of passion (1930 - b/w) - Rote period drama with Norma Talmadge.

The Devil to Pay (1930 - b/w) - Ronald Colman melodrama.

Hell Harbor (1930 - b/w) -Routine island exotica with Lupe Velez.

Good Sport  (1931 - b/w) - Forgettable early Fox drama.

Footlight Parade (1931 - b/w) - Rote Berkeley musical.

Kiki (1931 - b/w) - Mary Pickford warbles.

Corsair (1931 - b/w) - Maritime melodrama with Thelma Todd.

Indiscreet (1931 - b/w) - Gloria Swanson sings.
See also Perfect Understanding (-1933 - b/w)

One Heavenly Night (1931 - b/w) - Rote musical with Evelyn Laye and Leon Errol.

Arrowsmith (1931 - b/w) - Undistinguished medical jungle drama with Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes and Myrna Loy.

The Struggle (1931 - b/w) - Typical DW Griffith melodrama.

Street Scene (1931 - b/w) - Urban melodrama with Sylvia Sidney.

Tonight or Never (1931 - b/w) - Alleged comedy with Gloria Swanson.

The Unholy Garden (1931 - b/w) - Fay Wray crime melodrama.

The Silver Lining (1932 - b/w) - Basic 30s drama with Maureen O'Sullivan.

Hallelujah, I'm A Bum (1932 - b/w) - Al Jolson cobblers.

Sky Devils (1932 - b/w) - Rote aviation with Spencer Tracy.

Rain (1932 - b/w) - Another tropical melodrama, with Joan Crawford.

Queen Kelly (1932 - b/w) -Gorgeously photographed Gloria Swanson melodrama.

Cynara (1932 - b/w) - Rote faux-British melodrama with Ronald Colman and Kay Francis. See also The Masquerader (1933 - b/w).

Gallant Lady (1933 - b/w) - Rote melodrama with Ann Harding and Clive Brook.

The Emperor Jones (1933 - b/w)- Awful racist tripe despite Paul Robeson. There's much deliberate caterwauling.

Secrets (1933 - b/w) - Western crossed with a period drama, with Mary Pickford and Leslie Howard.

Blood Money (1933 - b/w) - Rote gangster film from UA/20th Century.
See also Let 'Em Have It (1935 - b/w) and Looking for Trouble (1934 - b/w).

Advice to the Lovelorn (1933 - b/w) - Forgettable dating column programmer with Sterling Holloway.

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934 - b/w)/Pimpernel Smith (1941 - b/w) - Leslie Howard at his finest.

Moulin Rouge (1934 - b/w) -  Rote musical with Constance Bennett and Franchot Tone.

Our Daily Bread (1934 - b/w) - Rote rural drama, by King Vidor.

Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934 - b/w) - Rote installment with Ronald Colman, a sequel to Bulldog Drummond (1929 - b/w).

The Last Gentleman (-1934 - b/w) - Forgettable geriatrocomedy with George Arliss.

Red Salute (1935 - b/w) - Rote rural comedy with Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Young.

Clive of India (1935 - b/w) - Colonist bull.

The Wedding Night (1935 - b/w) - Routine melodrama with Gary Cooper and the forgettable sub-Dietrich/Garbo (lack of) charm of Anna Sten. See also Sten in We Live Again (1934 - b/w) and Nana (1934 - b/w).

Splendor (1935 - b/w) - Rote comedy possibly set  in the UK, with Joel McCrea and Miriam Hopkins. See also The Richest Girl in the World (1934 - b/w) and These Three (1936 - b/w).

Cardinal Richelieu (1935 - b/w) - Rote biopic with George Arliss.

The Dark Angel (1935 - b/w) - Faux-British Merle Oberon/Fredric March   melodrama.

Dodsworth (1936 - b/w) - Not unlike the above, with Walter Huston.

Dangerous Waters (1936 - b/w) - Routine actioner with Jack Holt.

The Last of the Mohicans (1936 - b/w) - Ludicrous. Bruce Cabot looks like a punk Ian Botham leading a bunch of transvestite Wednesday Addams cosplayers.

Come and Get It (1936 - b/w) - Joel McCrea Northern.

I Met My Love Again (1937 - b/w) - Henry Fonda/Joan Bennett romance.

A Star is Born (1937) - Janet Gaynor is annoying. She seems to age within five minutes. One minute, she's a convincing teen, then she isn't. Maybe from a distance, she is. It is weird to see Lionel Stander with jet black hair.

Woman Chases Man (1937 - b/w) - Forgettable romcom with Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea.

Stand-In (1937 - b/w) - Rote showbiz comedy with Joan Blondell, Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart.

Stella Dallas (1937  - b/w) - Rote Stanwyck melodrama.

Blockade (1938 - b/w) - Routine war romance with Henry Fonda.

Trade Winds (1938 - b/w) - Rote exotica with Fredric March.

The Cowboy and the Lady (1938 - b/w) - Goofy Gary Cooper/Merle Oberon western comedy.

There Goes My Heart (1938 - b/w) - Rote Fredric March drama.

Intermezzo - A Love Story (1939 - b/w) - Rote Hollywood weepie with Ingrid Bergman and Leslie Howard.

Mutiny on the Blackhawk (1939 - b/w) - Forgetttable pirate western with Richard Arlen and Andy Devine.

Captain Fury (1939 - b/w) - Faux-Australian western.

Winter Carnival (1939 - b/w) - Rote drama with Ann Sheridan.

Duke of West Point (1939 - b/w) - US college nonsense with Louis Hayward.

They Shall Have Music (1939 - b/w) - Forgettable musical with Joel McCrea.

The House Across the Bay (1940 - b/w)-  George Raft fall of empire melodrama with the point of interest that Hitchcock did pickup shots.

Love on the Dole (1941 - b/w) - Deborah Kerr-onation Street.

Major Barbara (1941 - b/w) - Rex Harrison annoys me.

The Corsican Brothers (1941 - b/w) - Feels like a western, despite the French setting.

Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941 - b/w) - A distaff Mr. Chips.

A Gentleman After Dark (1942 - b/w) - Brian Donlevy tries to be George Sanders.

Johnny Come Lately (1943 - b/w) - Average rural newspaper drama with James Cagney. Hattie McDaniel plays "the coloured woman".

Du Barry was a Lady (1943) - Red Skelton tries to be Bob Hope.

Tender Comrade (1943 - b/w) - Ginger Rogers melodrama.

Friendly Enemies (1943 - b/w) - Rote propaganda.

The Hairy Ape (1944 - b/w) - William Bendix in Europe. Maritime pub melodrama with Susan Hayward.

Tomorrow the World (1944 - b/w) - Wartime mawk.
See also Since You Went Away (1944 - bw)/I'll Be Seeing You (1944 - b/w) and So Ends Our Night (1941 - b/w) .

Voice in the Wind (1944 - b/w) - Francis Lederer is a composer in this anti-Nazi propaganda.

The Southerner (1945 - b/w) - Renoir modern western.

Sister Kenny (1946 - b/w) - Faux-Australian medical soap with Rosalind Russell.

London Town (1946) - Extraordinarily terrible musical, a vehicle forcomic Sid Field, and an attempt to make a Hollywood musical for Britain. Petula Clark is the child lead. Field is baffling, and after years of reading about this terrible film, it proves to be worse than I imagined. It's a pandering, charmless colour spectacle.  Did this inspire the London musical in Norbert Smith - A Life?

Intrigue (1947 - b/w) - George Raft exotic thriller.

New Orleans (1947 - b/w) - Rote variety show with Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong.

This Dangerous Age (1949 - b/w) - Was sure I had logged this Myrna Loy-Roger Livesey-Richard Greene picture.

Loophole (1954 - b/w) - Rote B-thriller with Barry Sullivan, from Allied Artists.

Rooney (1958) - The titles proclaim "A British film, made at Pinewood Studios", but this is set in Dublin. There's plenty of shooting here. John Gregson's accent is vaguely Irish  as the titular Gaelic  Games-mad milkman, but nondescript, the likes of Noel Purcell and Jack MacGowran appear, and Barry Fitzgerald in his last major role.  It's actually based on a Catherine Cookson novel, but it was thought that Tyneside was not an exportable setting. So instead we have Dublin, with Irish Press vans and ads for Jacob's. And the GAA. And I hate the GAA.  Merchant's Arch plays a Garda station.

Son of Robin Hood (1958) - Fox colorama cash-in on the Richard Greene TV show with Al "David" Hedison, June Laverick, David Farrar, Marius Goring, Philip Friend, George Coulouris and Inigo Pipkin.

Claudelle Inglish (1960 - b/w) - Routine fallen woman melodrama with Diane McBain and Arthur Kennedy.

Le crime ne paie pas (1962) - The likes of Philippe Noiret and Richard Todd fail to enliven an enlarged pudding.

Sword of Lancelot (1963) - Glossy but nothingy Arthurian epic with Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Brian Aherne, George Baker, Adrienne Corri, Richard "Alan off Emmerdale" Thorp

The Longest Hundred Miles (1967) - Doug McClure and Ricardo Montalban and Katharine Ross rescue some Filipino children. Rote jungle trash. But Montalban is always a convincing priest, but then he was a proper Catholic.

The King's Pirate (1967) - Cheerful though cheap and unimaginative 60s Universal backlot-bound pirate actioner, a shot for shot (with many of the same shots) remake of Against All Flags, with Doug McClure as Errol Flynn, Jill St John as Maureen O'Hara and Mary Ann Mobley as an Indian princess, and Diana Chesney as a Scottish nanny to the Indian princess.

The Name of the Game is Kill (1968) - Psychedelic horror with Jack Lord.

Wicked, Wicked (1973) - A really intersting curio. The ornate hotel setting, Arthur O'Connell as the whiskery old timer, and the songs - it sticks in the mind, even though the killer is unremarkable, but this was 1973, so maybe he wasn't then.

Fighting Back (1982) - Dino de Laurentiis' attempt at revenge for Cannon stealing Death Wish. Tom Skerritt is made to look like Bronson, but he's more charming and relatable than Charlie ever was. He's a corner shop owner whose wife miscarries thanks to gangs, so like a vengeful Arkwright, he goes out and forms a neighbour watch.  The thing is,  it ends being a lot tamer.  It's a family drama with a revenge subplot, but in the end, there's no wife murder, no son killed. Which is refreshing. And Patti LuPone plays the wife. So, obviously, killing her would upset the Broadway crowd. It actually captures Philadelphia. Michael Sarrazin looks haggard. Yaphet Kotto plays Ivanhoe Washington!?!

Hold Up (1985) - Later adapted as Quick Change, an entertaining French-Canadian coproduction with Jean Paul Belmondo as a clown robber and Kim Cattrall in Montreal, plus  local CTV affialites getting product placement.

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