Halloweek: The Hidden Hand (1942)

Welcome back to Halloweekl! TMP’s annual celebration of all things spooky in the days leading up to Halloween has been extended from four days to seven! Today’s chiller is a 1942 haunted house mystery, The Hidden Hand. Stay tuned for more through Tuesday! John Channing (Milton Parsons) has escaped from an asylum and returned to…

Maid’s Night Out (1938)

Bill Norman (Allan Lane) is the heir to a very successful dairy company, but he wants nothing to do with the family business. Instead, he has a great interest in studying tropical fish. Bill’s father, Rufus (George Irving), isn’t too happy with his son’s life choices. So, he decides to make a bet. If Bill…

Favorite things about… How to Steal a Million (1966)

The favorite film: How to Steal a Million, directed by William Wyler The synopsis: Monsieur Bonnet has a legendary art collection. He sells select works for great prices at auction, and lends others to museums for special exhibits. His father was also in the art business. But the Bonnets have a secret: they’re forgers, not…

And So They Were Married (1936)

Edith Farnham (Mary Astor), a divorcee, is headed to the Snowcrest Lodge with her daughter for Christmas. Also heading to the lodge is Stephen Blake (Melvyn Douglas), a widower who plans to spend the holiday with his young son. As for the lodge itself, the manager (Donald Meek), director Mr. Snirley (Romaine Callender), and hostess Miss Peabody (Dorothy Stickney) have…

Merrily We Live (1938)

Emily Kilbourne (Billie Burke) is a society lady with a spirited family. The Kilbournes have a lot of fun together, but one thing threatens to come between them: Emily’s penchant for taking in drifters and ex-cons to work on the house staff. Just after having the family’s silver stolen by the latest of Emily’s “adoptees,”…

The Monster (1925)

“A human monster watched with cat-like eyes for a victim.” It’s a dark and spooky night on a heavily wooded road, and the “human monster” (George Austin) hides himself in a black cloak, waiting for a car to pass. Finally, a local farmer named Bowman makes his way down the road, before crashing and rolling his…

Favorite things about… Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

The favorite film: Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a screwball comedy from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock The synopsis: Ann and David Smith are a happily married couple living in New York City… but they have their share of fights. Fights that tend to last for up to eight days. Still, each time, they reconcile……

Topper Returns (1941)

Gail (Joan Blondell) and Ann (Carole Landis) are in a car wreck one day on their way to the home of Ann’s estranged father. They’re nearly stranded, but luckily, Cosmo Topper (Roland Young) and his chauffeur happen to pass by. Topper rescues the girls and drops them at the Carrington mansion, though it looks practically deserted.…

Three Loves Has Nancy (1938)

Malcolm Niles (Robert Montgomery) is a New York writer who should have no problem drawing inspiration from life, thanks to his latest romantic troubles. Excited for a romance with actress Vivian Herford (Claire Dodd), the fire is extinguished when Vivian’s mother (Cora Witherspoon) shows up and immediately starts talking about weddings. Malcolm has no interest…

Favorite things about… Midnight (1939)

The favorite film: Midnight, a 1939 screwball comedy directed by Mitchell Leisen The synopsis: Arriving in Paris with no money and no place to stay, Eve Peabody tries to get a job as a club singer with the help of taxi driver Tibor Czerny. When none of the clubs will hire her, she sneaks into a…