The Breaking Point (1950)

“You know how it is early in the morning on the water? Everything’s quiet except for the seagulls a long way off. You feel great. Then you come ashore, and it starts. In no time at all, you’re up to your ears in trouble.” Harry Morgan (John Garfield) is a California boat captain, but his business isn’t doing too great. Harry struggles to support his … Continue reading The Breaking Point (1950)

HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 1: The Walking Dead (1936)

The time of the spooks is upon us! Happy almost-Halloween to my fellow Old Movie Weirdos. Halloween on TMP means Horror Half-Week, a four-day celebration of eerie films from the early to mid-20th century. Today we kick off the 2016 series with a review of 1936’s The Walking Dead, starring the great Boris Karloff. John Elman (Boris Karloff) has recently been released from prison… just … Continue reading HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 1: The Walking Dead (1936)

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Santa Fe Trail (1940)

Less than a decade before the American civil war, Carl Rader (Van Heflin), a West Point cadet, has been kicked out of the military for reading anti-slavery literature written by John Brown (Raymond Massey) and sharing it with his fellow cadets. Meanwhile, Jeb Stuart (Errol Flynn) and George Custer (Ronald Reagan), two of Carl’s classmates, continue on at West Point and graduate to become lieutenants. … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Santa Fe Trail (1940)

Films to watch in winter: We’re No Angels (1955)

Joseph (Humphrey Bogart), Albert (Aldo Ray) and Jules (Peter Ustinov) are three prison escapees who have made their way to a small town on the coast of France. They plan on taking a ship to another location where they’ll be free from the searching eyes of the prison they’ve escaped from, but in order to do that they must find money and respectable clothes. The … Continue reading Films to watch in winter: We’re No Angels (1955)

The Keyhole (1933)

Anne Brooks (Kay Francis) is unintentionally polyandrous. She’s happily married to the older, very rich Schuyler Brooks (Henry Kolker) and thinks that he’s her only husband. But her old dancing partner and supposed ex-husband, Maurice (Monroe Owsley), blackmails her by revealing that he never filed for the dissolution of their marriage. Maurice wants Anne to shell out big bucks to keep him quiet, in order … Continue reading The Keyhole (1933)

Series review: Four Daughters, Wives and Mothers

When the title Sister Act is uttered, most minds immediately conjure up an image of Whoopi Goldberg in full nun garb, thrown into a convent to hide from the mob after witnessing a crime in the 1992 film of that title. But Whoopi wasn’t the only star in the history of cinema to portray a Sister Act. Four Daughters, a 1938 film that spawned two … Continue reading Series review: Four Daughters, Wives and Mothers