History is Made at Night (1937)

Irene Vail (Jean Arthur) is married to American shipping mogul Bruce Vail (Colin Clive), but she won’t be for long. She’s planning to divorce him. She’s tired of his repeated false accusations that she’s having affairs, and that she married him for money. Bruce isn’t quite ready to give up the marriage yet, though. He wants to blackmail her into staying with him. He hatches … Continue reading History is Made at Night (1937)

The Silver Horde (1930)

Boyd Emerson (Joel McCrea) and Fraser (Raymond Hatton) are traveling through Alaska by dog sled when they land in the small fishing village of Kalvik. There they meet Cherry Malotte (Evelyn Brent), who is hospitable to them and fills them in on the ruthlessness of the town’s leader, Marsh (Gavin Gordon). Marsh won’t let any outsiders settle in Kalvik… but Boyd and Fraser won’t be … Continue reading The Silver Horde (1930)

The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

Paula Bradford (Jean Arthur) is a mystery writer and wannabe sleuth. She has come to the apartment of her ex-husband, Dr. Lawrence Bradford (William Powell), to get his opinion on her latest theory. Jockey Eddie Sands died suddenly during a major horse race, and Paula aims to prove he was murdered. Reluctantly, Dr. Bradford agrees to examine Eddie’s body. He’s never liked Paula’s hobby of … Continue reading The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

Favorite things about… You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

The favorite film: You Can’t Take It With You, a 1938 romantic comedy directed by Frank Capra The synopsis: When Alice and Tony fall in love and decide to marry, in-law introductions bring trouble, as the eccentric Sycamores clash with the wealthy and refined Kirbys. The cast: Jean Arthur as Alice Sycamore Jimmy Stewart as Tony Kirby Lionel Barrymore as Martin Vanderhof Spring Byington as … Continue reading Favorite things about… You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

A Foreign Affair (1948)

Phoebe Frost (Jean Arthur) is a U.S. Congresswoman headed to Berlin, Germany with a plane full of fellow congresspeople. Their goal is to better understand the problems in Berlin’s American occupation zone, and to investigate the morale of the 12,000 United States troops stationed there. As Phoebe puts it, the men have been inflicted with a “moral malaria,” and those on the home front are … Continue reading A Foreign Affair (1948)

Two films, one tale: The More the Merrier (1943)

Back in February, you folks may remember that I published two reviews under the theme of “Two films, one tale, one Tyrone” — reviewing 1937’s Love is News and its remake, That Wonderful Urge, both of which star Tyrone Power. I never intended to turn “Two films, one tale” into a series here on the blog, but I just can’t help myself. One sleepy Saturday … Continue reading Two films, one tale: The More the Merrier (1943)

The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

J.P. Merrick (Charles Coburn) is a very rich and very grumpy department store owner. When his employees decide to start unionizing, hoping to get higher pay and better conditions in the workplace, he decides to take action to stop them. Determined to find and take down the union organizers, J.P. takes a job in his own store as a shoe salesman under the name of … Continue reading The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)