Tell It to a Star (1945)

Gene Ritchie (Robert Livingston) leads the band of the Hotel Tamarind in Palm Springs, Florida. One day during rehearsal, he is given an odd message. The hotel’s cigarette girl, Carol (Ruth Terry), has sent him a letter requesting an audition with him. Horace Lovelace (Franklin Pangborn), manager of the hotel, believes that Carol is trying to use the hotel’s wealthy guests to further her singing career, and … Continue reading Tell It to a Star (1945)

Classics of the Corn: Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Welcome to Classics of the Corn, the series in which I share my love for the cheesy goodness that lives in the underbelly of the cinematic realm. Today we’re taking a look at my new favorite piece of corny corny corn, which I loved so much that I decided to post the review only a few days after watching it rather than adding it to … Continue reading Classics of the Corn: Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Step On It (1936)

Larry Evans (Richard Talmadge) is a motorcycle-driving police officer. He’s on the case and tracking down Connie Banning (Lois Wilde), the daughter of the man who runs the local oil refinery. Connie has a bit of a history of legal trouble (especially when it comes to obeying traffic and auto safety laws), and Larry knows he’ll encounter a bit of a struggle in arresting her. When he … Continue reading Step On It (1936)

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

Dr. Bill Cortner (Jason Evers) has been experimenting with new advancements in transplantation and thinks he’s come close to devising a way to keep certain body parts alive so they can be transplanted. All of that experimentation comes in handy when Bill’s fiance, Jan (Virginia Leith) is decapitated in a car crash. Bill is able to save Jan’s head from the wreck and begins making … Continue reading The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 1: The Face of Marble (1946)

A note from Lindsey: Halloween is almost here! The time for ghouls, monsters and otherworldy creatures is upon us. This post is the first in TMP’s four-part, through-the-decades Horror Half-Week series in honor of the spooky holiday. Today we’re talkin’ 1940s B-horror with 1946’s The Face of Marble. Stay tuned for posts on horror films from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Dr. Charles Randolph (John … Continue reading HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 1: The Face of Marble (1946)

Washington Melodrama (1941)

Politics, big business, showgirls and murder all collide in 1941’s Washington Melodrama, directed by S. Sylvan Simon. Industrialist Calvin Claymore (Frank Morgan) is the head of a group that supports a bill to send financial assistance to Europe during the war. Battling against Calvin is Hal Thorne (Kent Taylor), a man of isolationist beliefs who runs a newspaper, the Daily Tabloid. When Calvin heads off … Continue reading Washington Melodrama (1941)

The Smiling Ghost (1941)

Alexander Downing (Wayne Morris), more commonly known as “Lucky,” is a bit down on his luck. He’s trapped himself in an office to hide from his debts. Lucky’s friend and secretary Clarence (Willie Best) places an ad for him in the paper, offering his work services to anyone who comes across the ad in hopes that he’ll make up the money he needs. It doesn’t … Continue reading The Smiling Ghost (1941)

Queen of Outer Space (1958)

Three American astronauts – Captain Patterson (Eric Fleming), Lt. Cruze (Dave Willock) and Lt. Turner (Patrick Waltz) – and a professor (Paul Birch) are on a new mission and will be the first men to travel to Venus. To their surprise, they find the planet to be much more Earth-like than they had ever imagined – aside from the fact that it’s inhabited by only … Continue reading Queen of Outer Space (1958)