Central Park (1932)

Dot (Joan Blondell) and Rick (Wallace Ford) are both unemployed transplants, having moved to New York from small, fly-over towns. They meet in Central Park one day, when they share a meal of two stolen hot dogs from a lunch stand in the park. Both quite lonely in the city, they agree to meet again…

Winner Take All (1932)

Jimmy Kane (James Cagney) is a boxer whose career is on the rise when he’s sent from New York City to a New Mexico health ranch. While in New Mexico, Jim’s also supposed to stay away from boxing, or else face the wrath of his manager, Pop Salvin (Guy Kibbee). He’s supposed to recuperate from…

The Beast of the City (1932)

“Instead of the glorification of cowardly gangsters, we need the glorification of policemen who do their duty and give their lives in public protection. If the police had the vigilant, universal backing of public opinion in their communities, if they had the implacable support of the prosecuting authorities and the courts — I am convinced…

The Wet Parade (1932)

The year is 1916, and the Chilcote family is struggling. Roger (Lewis Stone), the patriarch of the Chilcote clan, is suffering greatly after years of drinking heavily. Maggie May (Dorothy Jordan), Roger’s daughter, is worried about her father and wishes that she could convince him to stop drinking, but she has little hope that he…

Mill Creek Musings: Midnight Warning (1932)

Three young people check into a luxurious hotel: two men and a woman. One of the young men is the woman’s brother, the other is her significant other. Soon after, the brother goes missing… and no one admits to ever having seen him, much less knowing where he is now. Meanwhile, Detective Cornish is visiting…

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)

James Allen (Paul Muni) has just returned home from fighting in the first World War. Not wanting to settle into a dull, monotonous life, he decides to travel, working odd jobs in construction. He has no desire to work in a factory like he did before the war, and he hopes that his experience as…

Two Against the World (1932)

Adell Hamilton (Constance Bennett), the youngest daughter of the Hamilton family, finds herself attracted to a lawyer named David Norton (Neil Hamilton). But their romance is no walk in the park. David is eventually assigned as the prosecutor in a murder case of which Adell has become a suspect, though her siblings were actually the…

Union Depot (1932)

Alfred E. Green’s Union Depot (1932) starts off by setting up the frantic pace of – what else? – a busy metropolitan train station. Moving around the depot, the film shows a wide range of people saying goodbye to loved ones, boarding trains or playing the waiting game before their trains arrive. Now that the…

Love Me Tonight (1932)

Love Me Tonight (1932): 5/5! (Very, very mild spoilers included) I love everything about this musical starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald. The film follows Maurice (portrayed by Chevalier, obviously), a Paris tailor who is mistaken as royalty and ends up posing as a baron. He ends up encountering a gaggle of crazy blue-bloods along…