Suzy (1936): Contemporary reviews + my thoughts

Suzy (Jean Harlow) is an American chorus girl who hopes to move to London in hopes to be swept off her feet by a royal and marry into the wealth of the monarchy. Rather than fulfill that dream, she meets Terry Moore (Franchot Tone), a factory foreman, and quickly falls in love with him. The two marry, but tragedy strikes (the nature of which I … Continue reading Suzy (1936): Contemporary reviews + my thoughts

The Beast of the City (1932)

“Instead of the glorification of cowardly gangsters, we need the glorification of policemen who do their duty and give their lives in public protection. If the police had the vigilant, universal backing of public opinion in their communities, if they had the implacable support of the prosecuting authorities and the courts — I am convinced that our police would stamp out the excessive crime — … Continue reading The Beast of the City (1932)

TMP Reads: The Films of Jean Harlow by Michael Conway and Mark Ricci

Published in 1965, The Films of Jean Harlow by Michael Conway and Mark Ricci opens with a biography and retrospective of Harlow’s career with seven pages of commentary, followed by a nine-page photo gallery, and then a film-by-film overview of her work as an actress. Stills, cast list, crew list, a synopsis and contemporary comments from film critics are included for each film. From her … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Films of Jean Harlow by Michael Conway and Mark Ricci

Red-headed Woman (1932)

Red-headed Woman (1932): 3/5 Jean Harlow stars as the home-wreckin’ red-head Lil in this pre-code film. She’s the definition of a gold digger, hopping from man to man and even hopping to different continents. The beginning of this film is a bit dis-jointed, in a very laughable way. Some of the early scenes seem randomly cut together, as though some of the footage was lost, … Continue reading Red-headed Woman (1932)

Top 9 non-musical comedies of the 1930s, #4

Libeled Lady (Jack Conway, 1936) Why? This one should come as no surprise. Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy and William Powell are a winning combination. And on top of that fabulous cast you’ve got some extremely witty dialogue, always sharply delivered. This film is near perfect in my book. Favorite character: Haggerty, portayed by Spencer Tracy Favorite quote or scene: Fishing! Continue reading Top 9 non-musical comedies of the 1930s, #4