Chance at Heaven (1933)

Blacky Gorman (Joel McCrea) and Marje Harris (Ginger Rogers) are young and in love. They’ve been casually dating for a couple of years, and Blacky is finally ready to propose, having found success as a gas station owner. Their future is set. One day, though, Glory Franklyn (Marian Nixon) comes veering into Blacky’s life. She…

Bed of Roses (1933)

Lorry Evans (Constance Bennett) and Minnie Brown (Pert Kelton) have been released from jail and are boarding a boat for New Orleans. They’re short on money and prospects, but hope they’ll have some luck in the city. When they run into trouble on the boat, Lorry jumps overboard to avoid being arrested again and is…

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…

Union Pacific (1939)

It’s a battle between two railroads. The Central Pacific and the Union Pacific are in a race to see which can be the first to reach Ogden, Utah. If the Central Pacific succeeds, bank president Asa Barrows (Henry Kolker) stands to make a whole lot of money… so, naturally, he hires some help to make…

The Critical Eye: Primrose Path (1940)

Welcome to the first installment of The Critical Eye, TMP’s non-chronological continuation of the “One Year, One Film” project! These posts will follow the very same format as those bi-weekly “One Year” posts — a brief plot synopsis and review from me, followed by snippets from reviews published around the time of the film’s original…

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…

Book vs. Film: The Most Dangerous Game

Originally published in Collier’s in 1924, Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game” (also known as “The Hounds of Zaroff”) is an incredibly chilling and suspenseful story. It begins with a man named Rainsford, traveling on a boat. He’s having a conversation with a fellow traveler about the island they’re passing by — an island cloaked…

Trooper Hook (1957)

This review was written for TMP’s Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project. For links to other reviews in this project, visit Listography. Sergeant Hook (Joel McCrea) finds himself and his soldiers in a battle with a band of local Apache and their leader, Nanches (Rodolfo Acosta). After taking an enormous group of Apache as prisoners, Hook realizes…

Gambling Lady (1934)

A note from Lindsey: This film was viewed as part of TMP’s Barbara Stanwyck filmography project. Check out Listography to keep track of the project’s progress! Jennifer “Lady” Lee (Barbara Stanwyck) has grown up in the world of gambling. Her dad, Mike (Robert Barrat), is a pro at it, but is also an honest man…

Born to Love (1931)

London, 1919. The war is raging on, but nurse Doris Kendall (Constance Bennett) still finds time to fall in love when she meets Captain Barry Craig (Joel McCrea) of the American Army Air Corps. When Barry proposes to Doris the day before he’s supposed to ship out, she refuses because marriage would mean that she…