The Critical Eye: It’s Love I’m After (1937)

It’s Love I’m After, dir. Archie Mayo Starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE It’s Love I’m After instantly became one of my favorite films when I watched it for the first time four years ago. The film tells the story of an actor (Leslie Howard) who is in love with his leading lady (Bette Davis), but at … Continue reading The Critical Eye: It’s Love I’m After (1937)

One year, one film: 1936 – The Petrified Forest

One year, one film: 1936 The film: The Petrified Forest, dir. Archie Mayo starring Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Bette Davis stars in The Petrified Forest as Gabrielle Maple, a young woman living in Arizona. Along with her father and grandfather, she helps run a gas station/diner on an isolated stretch of highway. Most of Gabrielle’s days are monotonous, … Continue reading One year, one film: 1936 – The Petrified Forest

The Animal Kingdom (1932)

Tom Collier (Leslie Howard) is a man stuck between two ladies. Daisy (Ann Harding) is an artist, and the two have plenty of fun together. On the other hand is Cecelia (Myrna Loy), a snooty high-society girl who doesn’t have quite as strong a relationship with Tom. Eventually he decides to marry Cecelia since Daisy turned him down so many times in the past. After … Continue reading The Animal Kingdom (1932)

It’s Love I’m After (1937)

Basil Underwood (Leslie Howard) is a nationally respected stage actor who appears alongside Joyce Arden (Bette Davis) and acts as her partner both on stage and off. There’s just one problem: Basil looks so great in tights that women in the audience often fall in love with him after seeing him perform in productions such as Romeo and Juliet – and sometimes, Basil will give … Continue reading It’s Love I’m After (1937)

The Petrified Forest (1936)

Gabrielle Maple (Bette Davis) is a bright young girl living in an isolated desert of Arizona, where she operates a gas station and diner with her father (Porter Hall) and grandfather (Charley Grapewin). Gabrielle’s mother is no longer a part of her life, having left Arizona years earlier in order to return to her hometown in France. Gabrielle has big dreams of moving to France … Continue reading The Petrified Forest (1936)

Berkeley Square (1933)

Peter Standish (Leslie Howard), an American, is heading to England in 1784 to marry his cousin. He hears of a miraculous balloon crossing of the English Channel by a Frenchman, and expresses a bit of dismay over the fact that he won’t live to see all of the future’s marvelous inventions. Flash forward to 1933 and Peter’s ancestor, also named Peter Standish (and also portrayed … Continue reading Berkeley Square (1933)