Saturday 24 April 2021


Escape (1930) - Early Ealing drama.

Mystery Train (1931)

Money Talks (1932) - British Jewish comedy.

Se also the Divorce of Lady X (1938) and mr. Emmanuel (1944), with a Cushingesque  Felix Aylmer.

Bed of Roses (1933)- Dreary 30s drama.

Sequoia (1934) - Proto Disney wildlife.

The Amateur Gentleman (1936)

Bulldog Drummond's Revenge (1937)/Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938)/Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938)/Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)

Tom Sawyer, Detective (1938) - Donald feckin' O'Connor.

The Gaunt Stranger (1938) - Edgar Wallace krimi.

Romance on the Run (1938) - Republic timewaster.

6000 enemies (1939) - Porridge for Pidgeon. 

Boy Slaves (1939) - Young prison dash.

Mutiny in the Big House (1939) - Routine prison yarn for Monogram.

The Great Man Votes (1939) - See Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos clips undubbed!

They Came by Night (1940) - Routine British crime movie with eccentric turns by Will Fyffe and Kathleen Harrison.

Smilin' Through (1941) - Oirish muck.

The Prime minister (1941) - Gielgud is Disraeli. Beat that, Arliss. 

Tarzan and the Secret Treasure (1941) - Routine jungler.

I Killed that Man (1941) - Poverty row crimer. 

Gallant Lady (1942) - Poverty row time-killer.

See also Dangerous Lady (1941)

They flew alone (1942)

Rationing (1944)/Blonde Inspiration (1941)/Washington Melodrama (1943) - Catching up on the MGM I had missed.

Goupi Mains Rouges (1943) - Routine French drama.

Remarques (1944) - Routine Gabin.

Alaska (1944) - Monogram northern.

The Great Sacrifice (1944) - Colourful Nazi shite. 

I live in Grosvenor Square (1945) - Routine propaganda.

See also Great Day (1945)

Beware of Pity (1946) - Routine tearjerker

Suspense (1946)/The Hunted (1948) - Strange, hypnotic ice skating noirs, vehicle for British skater Belita.

Under the Sun of Rome (1948)

Bamboo Blonde (1947)- Routine RKO b musical.

 Le Silence est dor (1947) - Chevalier for Clair.

The Imperfect Lady (1947) - Another Britoid music hall drama. 

Homesteaders of Paradise Valley (1947) - Republic b-oater.

The Noose Hangs High (1948) - Abbott and Costello  go to Eagle-Lion. 

It's A Joke, Son (1947) - Forgotten radio character Senator Claghorn, now known only for inspiring Foghorn Leghorn.

This was a Woman (1948) - Routine melodrama with Sonia Dresdel.

See also the Third Visitor (1951)

State Peniteniary (1950) - Routine Warner Baxter classic. 

Southside 1-1000 (1950) - Undistinguished AA noir.

Cargo to Capetown (1950)  - Routine shipbound melodrama.

Volcano (1950) - Routine Anna Magnani melo.

Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951) - Routine drama with Lloyd Bridges.

The Lady and the Bandit (1951)  - Louis Hayward is Dick Turpin. 

Pride of St. Louis (1951) - Dreary baseballer. 

Guilty Bystander (1951) - Routine poverty row noir. 

Man Trap (1952) - Hammer quota quickie noir with Paul Henreid. 

Last Train from Bombay (1952) - Routine colonial tosh.

Target Hong Kong (1953) - Typical yellow peril. 

City of Shadows (1955 )-Republic toh with Victor McLaglen.

Let's be Happy (1957) - Forgettable Edinburgh-set musical.

Surprisingly, no Finlay Currie, John Laurie or Duncan Macrae, but you do get Gordon Jackson singing in a kilt.

Hong kong Confidential (1958) - Faux-quota quickie proto-Adventurer tripe with Gene Barry as a club singer/spy trying to find an Arab prince.

Fate of a Man (1959)

il Vedovo (1959)

The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959) - Barely immoral. 

Karate Hand of Death (1961) - Rubbish would be kung fu.

So Evil, So Young (1961) - Reform schooler Danziger's style.

The Nun and the Sergeant (1961) - Heaven knows Mr. Allison with added Japanese schoolgirls. 

The L Shaped Room (1962) - Brock Peters actually sounds Mancunian when he's supposed to be from the Caribbean, but when your costar is Pat Phoenix, it's hard not to.

The Wild and the Willing (1963) - McShane and Hurt and Brett drink. 

Do you know this Voice (1964) - Interesting quickie with Isa Miranda and Dan Duryea in the Uk suburbs.

None but the Brave (1966) - Toho war fare, weirdly directed by Frank Sinatra.

 The Master Demon (1991)/Sword of Heaven (1985) - Low budget American attempts at Asian action fantasy. Sword at least has a Belfast sidekick.

First Surrender (1971) - Undistinguished giallo with Javier Bardem's ma. 

Sweet Jesus Preacherman (1972) - Why the hell did MGM buy this?

Midnighter (1973) - Charming Lithuanian kidvid.

Catherine and Co (1973) - Somehow charming, thanks to Jane Birkin.

Simona (1974) - Laura Antonelli bullfighting vehicle.

The Astrologer (1975) - The greatest Republic Pictures revival attempt/vanity project ever set in Glasgow. 

Crypt of Dark Secrets (1976) - 

Polk County Pot Plane (1977)

The Bodyguard (1978) - Dodgy Americanisation starring Chiba as himself?!?

Burnout (1979) - Tired racing picture. 

Improper Channels (1981)  Dreary Canuck drama. See also Friends, Lovers and Lunatics (1989)

Moonlight Mask (1982) - Ropey Japanese motocross Lone Ranger.

Hearts and Armour (1983) - Excalibritta!

Dream One/Nemo (1984) - Curiously overlooked in terms of 80s comic book movies, a weirdsville Boorman-produced Film on Four Europudding starring Jason Connery as Little Nemo, with Mathilda May, Carole Bouquet, Harvey Keitel, Nipsey Russell,

POW The Escape (1986) - Routine Cannon fare.

War Dog (1987) - Swedish actioner.

Berserker (1987) - Faux-Scando slasher.

Death Run (1987) - Amateur but ambitious Michael J Murphy post-apocalyptica.

Hollow Gate (1988) - PM slasher schlock. The one highlight is one of the actors is named George Cole. Not Arfur, sadly. 

Savage Justice (1988) - The sensei/monk looks like Ken Morley.

Lily was Here (1988) - Remembered only for the Dave Stewart theme. 

Never Say Die (1988) -  Saw an edited version of this. Tightened but it seemed to go in circles. Temeura Morrison an interesting tough guy. 

Traxx (1988)/Action USA (1989) - Texan madness.

Riverbend (1989) - 60s set southern drama, an interesting but flawed vehicle for Steve James, at last given a starring role. 

Hell High (1989)  - Dreary not-Canadian-but-cold slasher.

Rescue Force (1990) - Like an Andy Sidaris film seemingly on no budget, but with foreign locale shooting.

Baby Brown (1990) - Ifrikan copshite.

Beastmaster 2 (1991) - Initially cheeseball fun, soon tails off.

Lena's Holiday (1991) - Slightly erotic unfunny romcom.

Nothing but Trouble (1991) - Oh, Dananananaykroyd, what were you thinking?

Evil Toons (1992) - Grim Fred Olen Ray film.

Leprechaun (1993) - Surprisingly fun.

The Gifted  (1993) - Ambitious indie African-American alien invasion film.

Night Train to Venice (1993) - Supernatural erotic thriller made by Cannon, that yes, Hugh Grant regrets.

Monolith (1993) - Sub-Glickenhaus actioner starring Bill Paxton. John Hurt must have done this for lager money (knowing his career, a big bottle of Lamot)

Deadfall (1993) - Coppola family gettogether.

Death Machine (1994) - Stephen Norrington, having worked on Hardware decides to make his own-faux-Richard Stanley film.  It's glossy, it has Hootkins, it's 2000 AD-y Fauxmerican dystopia, but it hurts me to say this, it's sillier than Hardware.  Rather too po-faced yet at the time goofball. 

Four Rooms (1995) - Technically part of the Roald Dahl cinematic canon, doomed to be confused with Blame It on the Bellboy. 

Mother Night (1996)

I woke Up Early the day I died (1996) - Billy Zane IS Ed Wood.

The Impostors (1998) - A great underrated comedy. Platt and Tucci should have made more of these films. A discovery?

Pi (1998) - More paper than tin. 

Breakfast of Champions (1999) - watched this alongside The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1996), and the two kind of blended.