They Met in Bombay (1941)

Anya von Duren (Rosalind Russell) and Gerald Meldrick (Clark Gable) are jewel thieves, but this is no coupled-up teamwork arrangement. They’re competitors, both after a very large, very expensive piece known as the “Star of Asia.” The jewel is owned by a Duchess (Jessie Ralph), and both thieves try to win her confidence. Gerald’s tactic is to pose as a detective, while Anya takes on … Continue reading They Met in Bombay (1941)

Comrade X (1940)

RUSSIA – The never never land of steppes, samovars and spies – beards, bears and Borscht – where almost anything can happen – and usually does… Censorship runs rampant in the Soviet Union, but one reporter has managed to sneak out critical articles in code. The articles have no genuine byline, attributed only to “Comrade X.” Of course, it doesn’t take long for these articles … Continue reading Comrade X (1940)

Key to the City (1950)

A convention for mayors may seem like an odd place for a love match to be struck up, but that just may happen when Puget City mayor Steve Fisk (Clark Gable) and Wenonah, Maine mayor Clarissa Standish (Loretta Young) meet. Mayor Standish is an upstanding politician, well-educated and devoted to her taxpaying public — not your average mayor. Mayor Fisk is somewhat her opposite: very outspoken and a bit rough … Continue reading Key to the City (1950)

Polly of the Circus (1932)

Polly (Marion Davies) is an aerialist in the circus, the starring act of the show. When her circus heads to a new town, she finds that the posters advertising her act have been covered up due to her bare-legged costume. Outraged, Polly assumes that the cover-ups are the work of Reverend John Hartley (Clark Gable), so she decides to confront him. He proclaims his innocence, … Continue reading Polly of the Circus (1932)

TCM’s Greatest Classic Romances: Mogambo

Welcome to the third day of reviews from TCM’s four-disc Greatest Classic Films: Romance set! Previous reviews: Splendor in the Grass Love in the Afternoon And tomorrow, we’ll cap off the series with a review of Now, Voyager. Film #3: Mogambo (1953) Directed by John Ford Written by John Lee Mahin from a play by Wilson Collison Starring Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and Clark Gable … Continue reading TCM’s Greatest Classic Romances: Mogambo

San Francisco (1936)

“SAN FRANCISCO – guardian of the Golden Gate – stands today a queen among sea ports – industrious, mature, respectable. But perhaps she dreams of the queen and city she was — splendid and sensuous, vulgar and magnificent – that perished suddenly with a cry still heard in the hearts of those who knew her, at exactly… Five-thirteen A.M. April 18, 1906“ Blackie Norton (Clark … Continue reading San Francisco (1936)