TMP Reads: The Story of the Making of Ben-Hur

The Story of the Making of Ben-Hur was released by Random House in 1959 in promotion of William Wyler’s epic film. The book comes with a couple of removable posters: one featuring a still from the chariot race scene, and in the back of the book a collection of paintings of scenes from the film by American artist Ben Stahl. They’re attached just inside the … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Story of the Making of Ben-Hur

Classics of the Corn, short film edition: New Shoes (1936)

If the phrase “delightfully weird” could be summed up in a single 10-minute clip, the 1936 MGM musical short New Shoes would certainly be it. Technically, the short follows a young man (Arthur Lake) and woman (Jean Chatburn) as they have a meet cute at a shoe shop, go on a date, fall in love and eventually marry. But the young man and woman are … Continue reading Classics of the Corn, short film edition: New Shoes (1936)

He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

Paul Beaumont (Lon Chaney) is a scientist who has spent years researching the origin of humans. Baron Regnard (Marc McDermott) has become his patron, funding all of the research. On top of that, Regnard opens up his mansion to Paul and his wife Marie. On the surface, the three seem to be a happy bunch of roommates. But the Baron is harboring a secret. He is having an … Continue reading He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945)

Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945) is a pleasant romantic comedy. Hedy Lamarr gets star billing as Princess Veronica, a European royal who has fallen for a common American reporter named Paul (Warner Anderson). She travels to New York City, hoping to find Paul again. Instead, she meets a sweet bellhop named Jimmy (Robert Walker) at the hotel where she’s staying. He mistakes her for … Continue reading Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945)

Best Foot Forward (1943)

Best Foot Forward (1943): 2/5 Bud Hooper (Tommy Dix) is a cadet at Winsocki Military Academy. He invites Lucille Ball to be his date at one of the Academy’s dances. Not expecting a reply, he invites his girlfriend Helen (Virginia Weidler) and turns her name into the academy for approval. His evening is spoiled when he receives a reply from Ball, who decides to accept … Continue reading Best Foot Forward (1943)