HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 4: Geheimnisse einer Seele (1926)

Welcome to Day 4 of Horror Half-Week, and happy Halloween! Previous posts from this year’s spooky celebration: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 Martin Fellman (Werner Krauss) is a scientist, but no ordinary man. He’s haunted by an irrational fear – a fear of knives, to be precise. Along with his fear of knives, he feels a strange urge to commit murder. The potential target? His wife … Continue reading HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 4: Geheimnisse einer Seele (1926)

Rio Rita (1929)

At the United States-Mexico border, Texas Rangers are on the hunt for a notorious but mysterious criminal known only as “the Kinkajou.” Among the searchers is Captain Jim Stewart (John Boles), new to town and already making enemies, including General Ravinoff (Georges Renevant). Jim finds himself falling for the beautiful Rita (Bebe Daniels) amidst his investigation and his feud with Ravinoff. There’s just one small problem … Continue reading Rio Rita (1929)

Favorite things about… The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Today we’ve got a fun little twist on the “Favorite Things About Favorite Films” series. Since the featured movie is silent, I thought I’d switch it up by making the “Favorite things/quotes” section silent as well  — told through screen captures from the DVD rather than the usual bullet-point list of commentary. The favorite film: The Man Who Laughs, a slightly horror-ish 1928 melodrama from director Paul Leni, … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Man Who Laughs (1928)

‘Pandora’s Box’ at the Redford Theatre

Though I attend screenings at the Redford Theatre pretty regularly, I’d only ever seen one silent film there — He Who Gets Slapped, which is one of my favorite silents. When I saw Pandora’s Box pop up on their schedule, projected from a 35mm print and accompanied by John Lauter, I couldn’t pass it up. Things were a little bit different at this screening than … Continue reading ‘Pandora’s Box’ at the Redford Theatre

One year, one film: 1929 – Glorifying the American Girl

One year, one film: 1929 The film: Glorifying the American Girl, dir. John Harkrider & Millard Webb starring Mary Eaton, Edward Crandall, Dan Healy Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Glorifying the American Girl was one of my favorite discoveries of 2014, and I wrote a four-star review of it after watching. It tells the story of Gloria Hughes, a woman with big dreams … Continue reading One year, one film: 1929 – Glorifying the American Girl

So Long Letty (1929)

Letty Robbins (Charlotte Greenwood) is a loud and energetic woman who works as a solicitor for a beauty parlor. She’s married to Tommy (Bert Roach), a far less exuberant man. Tommy’s uncle Claude (Claude Gillingwater), a millionaire, comes to town for a visit. He and his granddaughters, flapper girls Ruth (Marion Byron) and Sally (Helen Foster), are staying at the posh beach hotel where Letty’s … Continue reading So Long Letty (1929)