Castle on the Hudson (1940)

Tommy Gordon (John Garfield) thinks he’s invincible. Deeply involved in the criminal underworld, he has no fears of being shipped away to prison. He has too many friends and allies for that. At least, that’s what he believes. His tune changes when, after an arrest, his friends swiftly abandon him — with the exception of…

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Favorite things about… The Mummy (1932)

Note: Since May is the month of Mother’s Day in the US and also the month of my mom’s birthday, I had to go for a corny pun with this month’s Favorite Things: The Mummy. Forgive my cheese! The favorite film: The Mummy, a Universal monster movie directed by Karl Freund The cast: Boris Karloff…

April 2018 in Film

While I’d love to say that April brought me out of my viewing slump, that wasn’t the case. The past month was my worst of the year so far — probably my worst in the history of the blog! Most of what I watched was for background noise, with the exception of the couple of…

The Mole People (1956)

“In archaeology, all things are possible.” Dr. Roger Bentley (John Agar) is an archaeologist leading a team including Dr. Jud Bellamin (Hugh Beaumont), Dr. Paul Stewart (Phil Chambers), and Etienne Lafarge (Nestor Paiva) on a hunt for ancient Sumerian artifacts. One of their discoveries is a cuneiform-engraved tablet describing a temple dedicated to Ishtar, a…

They Met in Bombay (1941)

Anya von Duren (Rosalind Russell) and Gerald Meldrick (Clark Gable) are jewel thieves, but this is no coupled-up teamwork arrangement. They’re competitors, both after a very large, very expensive piece known as the “Star of Asia.” The jewel is owned by a Duchess (Jessie Ralph), and both thieves try to win her confidence. Gerald’s tactic…

What I’d Be Watching: #TCMFF 2018

Another year, another ugly cry over the fact that I’m missing the TCM Film Festival! I’ve yet to make the pilgrimage, but perhaps 2019 will be my year. Until then, I’m continuing a somewhat-sad tradition for a third year, sharing what I would have liked to watch, had I been able to attend this year.…

Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Two interplanetary ships, the Galliott and the Argos, are attempting to land on a strange, foggy planet. When the Argos lands, the crew has trouble finding the Galliott. Once they do find the ship, they discover that the entire crew is dead — fallen victim to an odd, fatal, hypnotic state which their own crew…

Corridor of Mirrors (1948)

“I should have known that four centuries can’t change a woman’s soul.” Mifanwy Conway (Edana Romney) lives in the countryside with her husband and children. It’s a lovely life, but she’s harboring a secret: a lover, Paul Mangin (Eric Portman). He’s not a current lover, but a man from her past. Still, her family knows…

Pilot No. 5 (1943)

George Collins (Franchot Tone) is a skilled American pilot, stranded on Java with five other pilots and a Dutch commander (Steven Geray) in the spring of 1942. After having their base bombed by a Japanese plane, the commander must choose a pilot to take up their one working fighter jet and prevent further destruction of…