They Came From Beyond Space (1967)

When several meteorites crash on a farm in England, astrophysicist Dr. Curtis Temple (Robert Hutton) is eager to investigate. However, on doctor’s orders following a recent accident, he must remain tethered to his lab — so he sends his very talented assistant, Lee Mason (Jennifer Jayne), to take his place on the research team. When the team arrives at the crash site, they find that … Continue reading They Came From Beyond Space (1967)

Three Cases of Murder (1955)

Like multi-author short story collections, I often find anthology films pretty hit-or-miss. There are usually a few great segments — and more that range from weak to alright. I had higher hopes for Three Cases of Murder for a few reasons. First, it’s a genre in which I tend to at least somewhat-enjoy most of what I watch: the murder mystery. Add on a segment … Continue reading Three Cases of Murder (1955)

The Wicked Lady (1945)

Barbara Worth (Margaret Lockwood) is a beautiful noblewoman, but she doesn’t exactly act the part. Mean-spirited and continuously sharpening her tongue, Barbara escalates to true crime when she decides to masquerade as a highwayman to scare a society rival. On the road, she meets the intimidating Jackson (James Mason), a criminal both feared and admired by the local community. They soon begin to fall in … Continue reading The Wicked Lady (1945)

Murder on Diamond Row (1937)

Things aren’t going too well for the jewel thieves of London. They’re managing to steal plenty of diamonds, but a ghoul only known as “the Squeaker” is forcing them to sell their spoils to him at a fraction of their value. Even though it may land him in trouble with Scotland Yard (from whom the Squeaker promises protection), Larry Graeme (Robert Newton) refuses to comply … Continue reading Murder on Diamond Row (1937)

The Smallest Show on Earth (1957)

Matt and Jean Spenser (played by real-life couple Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna) are a young couple with big dreams. Matt is set to receive an inheritance from his uncle, and when he does, it’s off to Samarkand for adventure and exploration. But the inheritance isn’t quite what Matt expects. Instead of a wad of cash, it’s a property — a movie theater. Not all … Continue reading The Smallest Show on Earth (1957)

Tiger Bay (1934)

Michael (Victor Garland) is a young Englishman traveling abroad and ready to experience new things. One adventure takes him to Tiger Bay, a notoriously rough neighborhood where he believes he can prove that the human spirit and romance prevail, even in the darkest corners. Romance does, in fact, prevail, with Michael meeting a lovely girl named Letty (Rene Ray). But Michael finds more trouble than, … Continue reading Tiger Bay (1934)

Early Women Filmmakers: The Career of Muriel Box

While some of film’s strongest and most interesting roles for women came to the screen in the early to mid-20th century, behind-the-camera opportunities for women in the era of classic film were few and far between. The names of many of Hollywood’s pioneering women are now well-known by film buffs: Mary Pickford, Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino. These women busted through glass ceilings and broke new … Continue reading Early Women Filmmakers: The Career of Muriel Box

FilmStruck Friday: Green for Danger (1947)

Welcome to this week’s edition of FilmStruck Friday! Every Friday here on TMP, with the exception of the first Friday of the month (which is reserved for “Favorite things about…”), we’ll be taking a look at a film available through the TCM and Criterion Collection streaming service. Today, a British wartime mystery surrounding a death on the operating table. Happy viewing! Heron Park Emergency Hospital … Continue reading FilmStruck Friday: Green for Danger (1947)

Alias John Preston (1955)

The small town of Deanbridge has a new resident, John Preston (Christopher Lee). A wealthy man, Preston immediately finds a prominent place in the town, investing his money in local businesses and gaining favor through his involvement in the community. When John meets local gal Sally (Betta St. John), he quickly wins her affection away from childhood sweetheart Bob (Peter Grant). But when John begins having … Continue reading Alias John Preston (1955)