Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)

There was a gold rush, and in its wake the birth of a lucrative agricultural venture: wheat farming. When a gold rush hits again years later, this time with the advantage of new technologies and mass-mining techniques, the wheat farmers see their lands flooded, their crops ruined. Colonel Ferris (Claude Rains) is a farmer who has made his wealth on northern California wheat. He’s very … Continue reading Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)

One year, one film: 1946 – Notorious

One year, one film: 1946 The film:  Notorious, dir. Alfred Hitchcock starring Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Claude Rains Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE What can I say about Notorious that hasn’t already been said? It’s Hitchcock. It’s Cary Grant. It’s Ingrid Bergman. It’s Claude Rains. It’s everything. All at once suspenseful and romantic, Notorious spins a tangled web of espionage and betrayal, scripted by the … Continue reading One year, one film: 1946 – Notorious

The Passionate Friends (1949)

Mary (Ann Todd) is taking her first holiday in nine years. She and her husband Howard (Claude Rains) will be staying in Switzerland. She arrives ahead of Howard, leaving him to tie up a few loose ends in his banking business before joining her. By pure coincidence, the hotel room Mary has booked is right next door to a room occupied by an old friend. … Continue reading The Passionate Friends (1949)

TCM’s Greatest Classic Romances: Now, Voyager

Today’s review of Now, Voyager marks the end of our exploration of TCM’s Greatest Classic Films: Romance DVD set! Previous reviews: Splendor in the Grass Love in the Afternoon Mogambo Film #4: Now, Voyager (1942) Directed by Irving Rapper Written by Casey Robinson from the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty Starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains Now, Voyager follows Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis), … Continue reading TCM’s Greatest Classic Romances: Now, Voyager

Second Looks: Mr. Skeffington (1944)

Today we’re back with another installment of the sparsely-updated series Second Looks, where I re-watch a film I haven’t seen in a few years and evaluate it with a new pair of eyes. The film in question in this installment is 1944’s Mr. Skeffington, the film which earned Bette Davis her 8th Academy Award nomination in the Best Actress category. Davis stars as Fanny, a … Continue reading Second Looks: Mr. Skeffington (1944)

HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 3: The Clairvoyant (1934)

Maximus (Claude Rains) performs in music halls, where he pretends to be able to read people’s minds and takes their money for it. He calls himself “King of Mind Readers,” and he’s made a decent living off of exploiting people this way. But Maximus won’t keep faking his clairvoyance for long. He begins to have unpredictable premonitions that actually come true. He soon realizes that … Continue reading HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 3: The Clairvoyant (1934)

Series review: Four Daughters, Wives and Mothers

When the title Sister Act is uttered, most minds immediately conjure up an image of Whoopi Goldberg in full nun garb, thrown into a convent to hide from the mob after witnessing a crime in the 1992 film of that title. But Whoopi wasn’t the only star in the history of cinema to portray a Sister Act. Four Daughters, a 1938 film that spawned two … Continue reading Series review: Four Daughters, Wives and Mothers

TCM’s Summer Under the Stars – TMP’s recommended viewing, from John Wayne to Sidney Poitier

Throughout the month of August, I’ll be sharing recommended films from TCM’s Summer Under the Stars programming every Tuesday. It isn’t August just yet, but I wanted to get a list up that included the first week of the month. Feel free to share your own recommendations for me in the comments below, as they’re running a ton of films I haven’t seen this year! … Continue reading TCM’s Summer Under the Stars – TMP’s recommended viewing, from John Wayne to Sidney Poitier