Sunday 19 April 2020


Cross Examination (1932 - b/w) - Poverty row courtroom twaddle with HB Warner, serviceably done.

Lady with a Past (1932 - b/w) - Rote 30s drama with Constance Bennett. Not to be confused with the Claudette Colbert vehicle The Lady who Lies (1929 - b/w).

The Daring Young Man (1933 - b/w) - Forgettable Fox gangster comedy with James Dunn.

The Defense Rests (1934 - b/w) - Jean Arthur tries to stop her lover cheating. Duh.

The Personality Kid (1934 - b/w) - Dullsville boxing pic with Pat O'Brien.

Bottoms Up (1934 - b/w) - Generic musical comedy with Spencer Tracy.

Star of Midnight (1935 - b/w) - Rote mystery with Ginger Rogers and William Powell.

Big Business (1937 - b/w)/Borrowing Trouble (1937 - b/w) - Stupid family comedies about the Jones Family, from Fox.

The Doctor Takes A Wife (1940 - b/w) - Rote Loretta Young romcom with Ray Milland.

You Belong to me (1941 - b/w) - Thought  I had seen this Fonda/Stanwyck teamup before. No, I'm not thinking of the Lady Eve.

The Thing Called Love (1940 - b/w) - Forgettable Rosalind Russell comedy.
See also My Sister Eileen (1942 - b/w).

Girls of the Road (1940 - b/w) - Early women in prison about girl hobos with Ann Dvorak.

Convicted Woman (1940 - b/w) - Forgettable crime B with a young Glenn Ford. See also Babies for Sale (1940 - b/w).

Escape to Glory (1940 - b/w) - Cheapskate Lusitania with Pat O'Brien.

The Fight for Life (1940 - b/w) - Maternity drama-documentary with Will Geer.

The Howards of Virginia (1940 - b/w) - Typical colonial gubbins with Cary Grant's silly ponytail.

She Knew All The Answers (1941 - b/w) - Rote Joan Bennett vehicle.

Ten Cents A Dance (1941 - b/w) - I remember David Thomson writing about forgettable B-musicals starring Jane Frazee. Well, here is one.

Our Wife (1941 - b/w) - Not right. With Melvyn Douglas.
See also Douglas in the Joan Crawford vehicle They All Killed the Bride (1942 - b/w).

Mr. District Attorney (1941 - b/w) - Republic quickie with Peter Lorre and Dennis O'Keefe who would appear in a later adaptation, which is even cheaper but Columbia-produced in (1947) with the same title, with Adolphe Menjou and George Coulouris.

Penny Serenade (1941 - b/w) - Cary Grant weepie.

Three Girls About Town (1941 - b/w) - Rote comedy with Joan Blondell. Thought I'd seen it before. That's how generic it is.

Lydia (1941 - b/w) - Generic period lushness with Merle Oberon and Joseph Cotten.

The Big Boss (1941 - b/w) - As generic a crime tale as they come.

Harvard, Here I Come (1941 - b/w) - Idiotic college comedy starring Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom.

Bedtime Story (1941 - b/w) - Even the title is generic in this Loretta Young-Fredric March vehicle.

I Was a Prisoner on Devil's Island (1941 - b/w) - As generic as the title.

Naval Academy (1941 - b/w)/Cadets on Parade (1942 - b/w) - Freddie Bartholemew is a wet blanket.
See also the similar annoying young boys' adventure of Adventure in Washington (1944 - b/w), with Dickie Jones, better known as Pinocchio.

The Men in Her Life (1941 - b/w) - Ropey ballet romance with Loretta Young.

Parachute Nurse (1942 - b/w) - Forgettable Columbia propaganda.

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1942 - b/w) - Watching this, you'd never know that Jackie Gleason would become one of the true greats of American comedy. Here, he is a young fat schlub who quips annoyingly every time. He had to age into himself.

Talk of the Town (1942 - b/w) - Jean Arthur irritates me. Here, she annoys Cary Grant and Ronald Colman.

The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942 - b/w) - Glenn Ford and Evelyn Keyes and Claire Trevor star in a film that's not sure if it's maritime adventure based on Jack London or a screwball comedy. Eventually, it is a melodramatic mess.

Appointment in Berlin (1943 - b/w) - Generic wartime adventure with George Sanders as Lord Haw Haw, newspapers called the London Sun and the London Ledger, and Alan Napier looking much the same as he would as Alfred.

Submarine Raider (1942 - b/w) - Rote propaganda.

The Lady is Willing (1942 - b/w) - Marlene Dietrich is out of her depth wooing busboy Fred MacMurray. Takes a sudden turn from comedy to medical melodrama.

Stand By All Networks (1942 - b/w) - Radio-themed mystery, but at least there is some nice setpieces with a flood.  See also star John Beal in Key Witness  (1947 - b/w)

First Comes Courage (1943 - b/w) - Generic war yarn with Merle Oberon.

City Without Men (1943 - b/w) - Maritime quickie with Linda Darnell.

Flight Lieutenant (1943 - b/w) - Generic air force action, that I'd swore that I'd seen before, but no, just because it has Glenn Ford and Pat O'Brien doesn't mean it isn't the same as before.

Meet the Stewarts (1943 - b/w) - One of those rote little films William Holden made before he became a proper star.
See also Miss Grant Take Richmond (1949 - b/w) with Lucille Ball.

There's Something About A Soldier (1943 - b/w) - Rote military comedy with Tom Neal. See also the rote mystery The Racket Man (1945 - b/w).

Glamour for Sale (1943 - b/w) - Bland musical comedy.

Sahara (1943 - b/w) - Finally, a Columbia action picture that's well paced, has endearing characters and actually looks like it was shot in the Sahara. Even Humphrey Bogart doesn't look out of place.

Power of the Press (1943 - b/w) - Rote Columbia cheapie.
See also Murder in Times Square (1943 - b/w) and The Missing Juror (1944 - b/w).

Secret Command (1944 - b/w) - Rote WW2 fare with Pat O'Brien.

They Live in Fear (1944 - b/w) - Tedious Columbia teen drama with a concentration camp survivor as a lead.

The Black Parachute (1944 - b/w) - Shonky Californian-looking Nazi nonsense with John Carradine.

The Impatient Years (1944 - b/w) - Bland Jean Arthur romcom.

The Whistler (1944 - b/w) - Interchangeable series quickie with Richard Dix.

Prison Ship (1945 - b/w) - Dreary Columbia war nonsense.

Over 45 (1945 - b/w) - Rote romcom with Irene Dunne and Charles Coburn. Weird seeing Alexander Knox as a leading man. See also Together Again (1944 - b/w).

No Place for A Lady (1945 - b/w) - Rote William Gargan mystery. See also Night Editor (1946 - b/w)

The Gentleman from Nowhere (1946 - b/w) - Rote mystery by William Castle.

Alias Mr. Twilight (1946 - b/w) - Utterly forgettable mystery from Columbia.

Gallant Journey (1946 - b/w) - Glenn Ford aviation averageness.

One Way to Love (1946 - b/w) - Bland train-board romance with Willard Parker. C-rate.

Shadowed (1946 - b/w) - Forgettable B-noir from Columbia.
The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1946 - b/w) - Ditto.

Blind Spot (1947 - b/w) - Rote noir with Chester Morris.

Framed (1947 - b/w) - Rote noir with Glenn Ford. See also the Christmassy Mr. Soft Touch (1949 - b/w) and The Undercover Man (1949 - b/w).

It Happened  on Fifth Avenue (1947 - b/w) - Somewhat charming if cheap-feeling Monogram romantic comedy.

It Had to be You (1947 - b/w) - Much overuse of the eponymous song in this nonsensical comedy with Ginger Rogers and Cornel Wilde as an "Indian brave".

Her Husband's Affairs (1947 - b/w) - Comedy about magic beard growth with Lucille Ball.

Mine Own Executioner (1947 - b/w) -Burgess Meredith stars in this British thriller, that at least has some atmosphere and gloomy flashbacks.

Wreck of the Hesperus (1948  - b/w) - Cheapskate Columbia maritime drama.

The Best Man Wins (1948 - b/w) - Tedious western-set family film about frogs.

The Sign of the Ram (1948 - b/w) - Gothically stylish but slow faux-British mystery with Alexander Knox.

The Dark Past (1948 - b/w) - Rote noir with William Holden and Lee J. Cobb. Sure I'd seen this before.

The Mating of Millie (1948 - b/w) - Rote Glenn Ford romcom.

The Black Arrow (1948 - b/w) - Rote swashbuckler with Louis Hayward. See also The Return of Monte Cristo (1947 - b/w).

Anna Lucasta (1949 - b/w) - Paulette Goddard melodrama, more memorably remade with Eartha Kitt.

Prison Warden (1949 - b/w) - Bland vehicle for Warner Baxter.

And Baby Makes Three (1949 - b/w) - Rote romcom with Barbara Hale.

Tell it to the Judge (1949 - b/w) - Rote courtroom comedy with Rosalind Russell.

Air Hostess (1949 - b/w) - Bland Bunty comic-style drama, featuring Barbara Billingsley, sadly not speaking jive like her role in another air-related film.
Not to be confused with fellow Columbia cheapie Cafe Hostess (1940 - b/w).

Shockproof (1949 - b/w) - Rote noir with Cornel Wilde.

Barbary Pirate (1949 - b/w) - Forgettable Columbia B-exotica. See also The Woman from Tangier (1949 - b/w).

Johnny Allegro (1949 - b/w) - Rote guns and fedoras with George Raft.

Five Bloody Graves (1970) - Al Adamson western. So cheap it looks like it was made in 1957. But by Adamson standards, it is competent. It has a scene when a raid on a farmhouse is accompanied by the stock track by Johnny Pearson, the Awakening, better known as the News at Ten theme.

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