Exclusive Story (1936)

Ace Acello (Joseph Calleia) is working for gangster Martin Werther (Robert Barrat), operating a numbers racket — an illegal lottery which never has an honest winner. Acello approaches grocer Michael Devlin (J. Farrell MacDonald) in hopes to sell numbers to his store’s customers. When Devlin isn’t crazy about the idea, Acello tries to intimidate him…

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Decoy (1946)

Happy #Noirvember! TMP is celebrating the genre this month with a noir review every Sunday. Today’s film is a tense noir with a scientific twist. Previously in this series: When Strangers Marry (1944) Dr. Lloyd Craig (Herbert Rudley) has been shot… but he won’t leave this world without a fight. He uses the last of his…

The Letters (1973)

Mail service is usually pretty predictable. You drop a letter in a mailbox, and depending on how far it’s traveling, you can usually expect it to be received in a matter of days… unless some sort of accident occurs. When a U. S. mail plane crashes, the usual service is, of course, disrupted. Three letter-senders…

Collector’s Corner: Collecting Cary Grant

It’s a well known fact ’round here that Cary Grant is one of my favorite actors. For this week’s Collector’s Corner, I’ll be taking a look at all of the Cary-related things I’ve collected over the years, and sharing my most-wanted list of Cary films to add to my shelf! Cary Books/Mags I own just…

When Strangers Marry (1944)

Happy #Noirvember! TMP will be celebrating film noir with a review from the genre every Sunday this month. First up, a criminal tale from a director better-known for his work in the horror genre: William Castle. On to the review! Millie Baxter (Kim Hunter) is a newlywed, bound by train for New York. Her new…

October 2017 in Film

New-to-me viewings: 10 Re-watches: 5 Total for October: 15 Total for 2017, so far: 206 This was a pretty low viewing month for me! There were a couple of reasons. First, I spent nine days camping in the one corner of Pennsylvania with no Verizon coverage. I was lucky to get all of the early…

Halloweek: The Craft (1996)

Happy Halloweeeeeeen! Halloweek, TMP’s celebration of all things spooky, wraps up today with a film that is somewhat of a modern classic (or at least a cult classic): 1996’s The Craft. “We are the weirdos, mister.” Sarah Bailey (Robin Tunney) has just arrived in Los Angeles, her family moving into an old villa. At her…

Halloweek: The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

Welcome back to Halloweek! TMP’s annual celebration of all things spooky in the days leading up to Halloween has been extended from four days to seven! Today we’re doing the monster mash with The Beast with Five Fingers. Stay tuned for more through Tuesday! “Though I think of death, I don’t anticipate it yet.” Francis…