Mill Creek Musings: The Duke is Tops (1938)

Ethel Andrews (Lena Horne) is a talented singer. She has long collaborated with producer Duke Davis (Ralph Cooper), who is also her manager and  beau. Their current show is called “Sepia Scandals,” and at the latest performance, Ethel catches the eye of a couple of big-time show people from New York City. It’s an exciting opportunity for Ethel, except for the fact that booking agent … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: The Duke is Tops (1938)

Mill Creek Musings: Check and Double Check (1930)

Appearing in Mill Creek’s 50 Classic Musicals set, Check and Double Check is described as “the first and only appearance of the radio stars Amos ‘n’ Andy reprising their roles on the big screen” in the set’s accompanying booklet. (This isn’t exactly true. Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll would appear briefly as Amos and Andy in The Big Broadcast of 1936. However, it is true … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Check and Double Check (1930)

Mill Creek Musings: The White Orchid (1954)

Robert Burton (William Lundigan) is an archaeologist working to find remains of the Toltec civilization in southern Mexico. He sends for a photographer to accompany him on his mission, and is disappointed to find that the photographer sent to him is a young woman named Kathryn (Peggie Castle). Robert doesn’t think she can get the job done, and they constantly butt heads over his narrow-minded … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: The White Orchid (1954)

Mill Creek Musings: Dixiana (1930)

Dixiana (Bebe Daniels) is a singer and dancer living in New Orleans in the 1840s, performing at the Cayetano Circus Theatre. The Cayetano acts as a playground for the wealthy aristocrats of the area, and Dixiana attracts the attention of one of those wealthy artistocrats: Royal Montague (Ralf Harolde), an influential gambler. Dixiana isn’t smitten with Royal, though. She’s fallen in love with Carl Van … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Dixiana (1930)

Mill Creek Musings: Woman on the Run (1950)

While walking his dog one night, Frank Johnson (Ross Elliot) sees a man get shot and killed. Noticing that he has an audience, the killer shoots at Frank twice, but misses. Realizing that his life is in danger if the man tracks him down, Frank nearly agrees to go into protective custody, but decides it’s better to go into hiding on his own since the … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Woman on the Run (1950)

Mill Creek Musings: Sunny (1941)

Sunny Sullivan (Anna Neagle) is a lovely lady who makes her living performing in the circus, crafting exciting song-and-dance numbers for the audience. Sunny meets and falls in love with Larry Warren (John Carroll), the heir to a very successful automobile  company run by his very wealthy family. Sunny is worried that her boyfriend’s family will not approve of her if she lets them know … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Sunny (1941)

Mill Creek Musings: The Wrong Road (1937)

Jimmy (Richard Cromwell) and Ruth (Helen Mack) had dreams of a great life together when they were in college, but things haven’t turned out quite as they expected. To top off a string of disappointments, Jimmy has now lost his job. The two decide to rob the bank where Jimmy has been working. They’ll steal $100,000, hide the money somewhere only they can find it, … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: The Wrong Road (1937)