Reckless (1935)

Stage starlet Mona Leslie (Jean Harlow) has been jailed for reckless driving, but luckily for the young lady, her grandmother (May Robson) is determined to bust her out of the place. Granny enlists the help of Ned Riley (William Powell), who is in love with Mona. Ned comes through and manages to get Mona out of … More Reckless (1935)

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

China Seas (1935)

Alan Gaskell (Clark Gable) is a tough, monsoon-surviving ship captain. His latest voyage is going from Hong Kong to Singapore – a dangerous route, especially with a shipment of gold hidden on board that pirates will be hungry for. But aside from his work, Gaskell loves to have fun. He drinks, he parties… and he … More China Seas (1935)

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