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It’s a Gift

W.C. Fields is one of the more famous funny-men of the 1930s, so I’ve been wanting to check out his film work for quite a while. The other night I finally got a chance to do so with the 1934 … Continue reading

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Shanghai Express

1932 Best Picture Nominee A love story crossed with a bit of political intrigue, Shanghai Express takes place during the middle of a civil war in China. Marlene Dietrich stars as Madeleine, who has become better known as “Shanghai Lily”; … Continue reading

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Love Affair (1939)

1939 Best Picture Nominee Some titles tell you just about all you need to know about the film’s subject. Nobody is going to mistake Love Affair for a western, or a fantasy film. It wears its heart on its sleeve … Continue reading

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The Thin Man

1934 Best Picture Nominee The image of the private detective in film is largely shaped by the works of Raymond Chandler and Dashielle Hammett: two-fisted heroes and tough-hearted cynics who come from the seedier sides of town. So it’s interesting … Continue reading

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The Front Page (1931)

1931 Best Picture Nominee Based off of a 1927 play of the same title, The Front Page is merely the first adaptation of the story of newspaper man Hildebrand “Hildy” Johnson; other versions include a 1974 rendition with Lemmon and … Continue reading

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The Private Life of Henry VIII

1933 Best Picture Nominee I’m an American, and though my education included a fair amount of European history, I have to admit I know little of the lives of the European royals. What I studied mostly covered those that were … Continue reading

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Scrooge (1935)

One of the nice things about Hollywood’s fondness for Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is that not only are there so many adaptations, but so many of them are fairly good. And though the story is essentially the same every … Continue reading

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City Lights

Released in 1931, City Lights is considered one of the definitive “Little Tramp” films out of Charlie Chaplin’s career. It’s also hugely popular with the AFI, making several of their lists, including both versions of their top 100, and the … Continue reading

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Thirty Day Princess

In Marion Gering’s 1934 film Thirty Day Princess, Sylvia Sidney stars as Princess Catterina of Taronia, a small European country that doesn’t even have electricity in most of its villages. In order to build the necessary infrastructure, her father the … Continue reading

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Big Brown Eyes

A few weeks ago I came across a Cary Grant DVD collection at a garage sale. While I hadn’t heard of any of the five films in the set, it was only a dollar, and I figured Cary Grant is … Continue reading

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