One year, one film: 1933 – The Invisible Man

One year, one film: 1933 The film: The Invisible Man, dir. James Whale starring Claude Rains Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE The Invisible Man, based on an H. G. Wells fantasy tale, tells the story of a scientist who turns himself invisible in an experiment. While working to find an antidote, he becomes angry and uses his new power of invisibility to wreak … Continue reading One year, one film: 1933 – The Invisible Man

Professional Sweetheart (1933)

Glory Eden (Ginger Rogers, in her first film for RKO) is a radio celebrity, famous for being the “Purity Girl,” the lead vocalist in a musical program sponsored by Ippsie Wippsie Wash Clothes. She’s become frustrated with Ippsie Wippsie head honcho Sam Ipswich (Gregory Ratoff) because the contract he keeps her bound to forces her to live a very dull, pristine life. The time has … Continue reading Professional Sweetheart (1933)

Second looks: Ladies They Talk About (1933)

Progress has been pretty slow on the Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project, and part of the problem has been my seeming inability to find Stanwyck’s films that I had already seen before the project began, to re-watch them for review. I’ve been trying to remedy this problem, so I hopped at the chance to re-watch Ladies They Talk About when it popped up on WatchTCM after … Continue reading Second looks: Ladies They Talk About (1933)

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

Megan Davis (Barbara Stanwyck) is headed to Shanghai to wed her childhood sweetheart, Bob Strike (Gavin Gordon), who is living there and working as a missionary. However, civil war is raging in the area. When the Chapei (Zhabei) district of the city goes up in flames on the night of Megan’s arrival (and the night of the wedding), Bob postpones the wedding in order to … Continue reading The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)