Frisco Jenny (1932)

When her father and her boyfriend are killed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, pregnant and unwed Jenny Sandoval (Ruth Chatterton) must find a way to survive. She takes up residence in the Chinese district and is able to make ends meet, but not necessarily through legal methods. Mixed up with gamblers and running a brothel, Jenny finds herself in a world of trouble when … Continue reading Frisco Jenny (1932)

Exclusive Story (1936)

Ace Acello (Joseph Calleia) is working for gangster Martin Werther (Robert Barrat), operating a numbers racket — an illegal lottery which never has an honest winner. Acello approaches grocer Michael Devlin (J. Farrell MacDonald) in hopes to sell numbers to his store’s customers. When Devlin isn’t crazy about the idea, Acello tries to intimidate him into complying. Devlin’s daughter, Ann (Madge Evans), decides to stand … Continue reading Exclusive Story (1936)

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)

Murder is My Beat (1955)

Ray Patrick (Paul Langton) is a good detective, respected by others in his field. When called to investigate the murder of Fred Deane, Ray meets Eden Lane (Barbara Payton), the prime suspect in the case. Eden was Fred’s girlfriend. She finds herself in trouble when the landlady, Miss Farrell (Kate McKenna), swears that she was involved in Fred’s death. Before meeting Eden, Ray has to track … Continue reading Murder is My Beat (1955)

FilmStruck Friday: While the City Sleeps (1956)

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’s film comes from 1956 – While the City Sleeps. Happy viewing! A serial killer has been victimizing … Continue reading FilmStruck Friday: While the City Sleeps (1956)

20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

Tommy Connors (Spencer Tracy) is headed to prison for robbery and assault, but confident he can easily bust out if he needs to. He underestimates Sing Sing and its warden, Paul Long (Arthur Byron). Tommy has a smooth-talking lawyer on his side, Joe Finn (Louis Calhern). Joe meets with Warden Long the day Tommy arrives to begin his sentence and tries to bribe Tommy’s way … Continue reading 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

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)

TMP Reads: SILENTS! By H.P. Oliver

I’ve been more than a little bit obsessed with reading classic film-related books lately, especially since I got a Kindle a while ago and now have access to the inexpensive e-editions. (Some of them even pop up in the Amazon monthly/daily deals sections. I got a Hitchcock biography for $2.99 that way! Woohoo!) One of my first purchases on Kindle was SILENTS! by H.P. Oliver. … Continue reading TMP Reads: SILENTS! By H.P. Oliver

The Moonlighter (1953)

A tough cattle rustler (Fred MacMurray) escapes a lynch mob by mistake and returns to a life of crime. His ex-girlfriend (Barbara Stanwyck) is deputized and seeks to bring him to justice. Wes Anderson (not to be confused with the modern-day director) is a cattle-rustlin’ criminal known throughout the land as “the moonlighter.” He’s been tossed in jail for the time being, but the town … Continue reading The Moonlighter (1953)

Could it be a movie?: Stories from Ellery Queen’s (Part 2)

Welcome to “Could it be a movie?,” a segment in which TMP reads stuff and tells you whether or not the written materials would make good movies. In this installment, we look at two stories from a 1979 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. “Early Warning” Who wrote it?: John Gloag Where does it appear?: January 1979 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Plot: A … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Stories from Ellery Queen’s (Part 2)