The Beast of the City (1932)

“Instead of the glorification of cowardly gangsters, we need the glorification of policemen who do their duty and give their lives in public protection. If the police had the vigilant, universal backing of public opinion in their communities, if they had the implacable support of the prosecuting authorities and the courts — I am convinced that our police would stamp out the excessive crime — … Continue reading The Beast of the City (1932)

San Francisco (1936)

“SAN FRANCISCO – guardian of the Golden Gate – stands today a queen among sea ports – industrious, mature, respectable. But perhaps she dreams of the queen and city she was — splendid and sensuous, vulgar and magnificent – that perished suddenly with a cry still heard in the hearts of those who knew her, at exactly… Five-thirteen A.M. April 18, 1906“ Blackie Norton (Clark … Continue reading San Francisco (1936)

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: The Brass Legend (1956)

I love a film with a strong opening, and 1956’s The Brass Legend has no trouble grabbing the viewer even before its introductory credits roll. Beautiful black and white cinematography shows shots from an off-screen revolver being fired at a “REWARD – DEAD OR ALIVE”  poster. Harmonica-fueled music plays as the film transitions from this undeniably Western scene to its opening titles. The man on … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: The Brass Legend (1956)

Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)

Valerie Parks (Lana Turner), Ann Darrison (Susan Peters) and Leigh Rand (Laraine Day) are three very different women who have all joined the WACS. Valerie is a beautiful, wealthy woman who lives a life of glamour and leisure. She joins up to prove that she’s a responsible adult and gain access to her trust fund. Ann is a military wife who is very devoted to … Continue reading Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Carson City Raiders (1948)

Carson City is a small, just-forming Western down. Nugget Clark (Eddy Waller) owns the local freight line, which is mainly used to carry gold from the local mines. Nugget’s about to give up his business, though, because his wagons keep getting raided by a gang of outlaws. The gang is headed up by local barber “Razor” Pool (Frank Reicher), who attempts to rule the land … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Carson City Raiders (1948)

Period film: Gangster Squad (2013)

“Every man carries a badge. Some symbol of his allegiance. His were the scars of a boxer who’d used his fists to climb the social ladder of the mob. A Jew who’d gained the respect of wops through a homicidal lust. He’d sworn an oath of violence. And his master? His own insatiable will to power. He wanted to own this town. His name was Mickey Cohen.” When we meet the infamous … Continue reading Period film: Gangster Squad (2013)

The Unholy Three (1925)

Professor Echo (Lon Chaney, Sr.), Tweedledee (Harry Earles) and Hercules (Victor McLaglen) are three sideshow performers who leave the circus after Tweedledee gets into a fight and all hell breaks loose at one of their performances. Before leaving the sideshow, Mr. Echo worked as a ventriloquist, while Tweedledee was marketed as “Twenty inches! Twenty years! Twenty pounds! The Twentieth Century Curiosity!” and Hercules performed a … Continue reading The Unholy Three (1925)

Doctor in the House (1954)

Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) is at a turning-point in his life: he’s starting medical school at St. Swithin’s Hospital of London. Despite a few small misunderstandings Simon’s med school career gets off to a decent start… until he gets kicked out of the house where he’s rooming, when the landlady’s daughter (Shirley Eaton) takes a liking to him! The housing issue is eventually resolved, but … Continue reading Doctor in the House (1954)

Period Film: Crazy Mama (1975)

Melba (Cloris Leachman) is a down-on-her-luck hair stylist who loses her salon when she gets too far behind on her payments. With her mom, Sheba (Ann Sothern), her pregnant daughter Cheryl (Linda Purl) and Cheryl’s boyfriend Shaun (Don Most) in tow, Melba decides to pack up the car and head back to Arkansas, where she hopes to buy back the family farm. Along the way, … Continue reading Period Film: Crazy Mama (1975)

Mill Creek Musings: The Red House (1947)

Pete Morgan (Edward G. Robinson) and his sister, Ellen (Judith Anderson), live on a farm in a small community. Together they’ve been raising a young girl named Meg (Allene Roberts), who was orphaned when her parents left town when she was only a baby. Meg is now a teenager, and she’s got a lot of responsibility on the farm. Pete has a wooden leg, which … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: The Red House (1947)