Death on the Diamond (1934)

Spring training is an exciting time in major league baseball, and it’s about to get even more exciting for young pitcher Larry Kelly (Robert Young). Manager/owner Pop Clark (David Landau) has decided to bring Larry onto his team, the St. Louis Cardinals. Pop needs a good player to bring the team a winning edge. He confesses to his daughter, team secretary Frances (Madge Evans), that … Continue reading Death on the Diamond (1934)

Halloweek: The Hidden Hand (1942)

Welcome back to Halloweekl! TMP’s annual celebration of all things spooky in the days leading up to Halloween has been extended from four days to seven! Today’s chiller is a 1942 haunted house mystery, The Hidden Hand. Stay tuned for more through Tuesday! John Channing (Milton Parsons) has escaped from an asylum and returned to the family home, where his sister Lorinda (Cecil Cunningham) lives. … Continue reading Halloweek: The Hidden Hand (1942)

Private Detective (1939)

A custody battle is raging between Millard Lannon (John Eldredge) and his ex-wife Mona (Gloria Dickson). In attempt to discredit his ex-wife, Millard has called upon the Nation-Wide Detective Agency. Agency head Simmy Sanger (Selmar Jackson) tells top detective Myrna “Jinx” Winslow (Jane Wyman) that she must testify against Mona. Firm in her belief that Mr. Lannon only wants custody in order to have access … Continue reading Private Detective (1939)

Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Pack: ‘Lady on a Train’ (1945)

TMP’s exploration of the Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Pack ends today with a review of Lady on a Train. Previous reviews from the set: Three Smart Girls, Something in the Wind, First Love, It Started with Eve, Can’t Help Singing Nicki Collins (Deanna Durbin) is slightly obsessed with mystery novels. Her addiction to these books is well-known among her friends and family. While reading one of … Continue reading Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Pack: ‘Lady on a Train’ (1945)

Mill Creek Musings: Murder with Pictures (1936)

Kent Murdock (Lew Ayres) is a newspaper man with a reputation of pulling the rug out from under his competition and beating them to get the scoop. His latest story is that of Nate Girard (Onslow Stevens), the suspected boss of a crime ring. Girard’s lawyer, Stanley Redfield (Ernest Cossart), has decided to throw a party for the newsmen, a less-formal version of a press … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Murder with Pictures (1936)

There’s Always a Woman (1938)

William Reardon (Melvyn Douglas) has been forced to shut the doors of his private eye business and take a job at the district attorney’s office, because he wasn’t making enough money to stay afloat. This is not the end for the Reardons in the detective business, though: Bill’s wife, Sally (Joan Blondell), decides to keep the Reardon Detective Agency open and run it all on … Continue reading There’s Always a Woman (1938)

Sleuthathon: Dressed to Kill (1941)

This post was written for Movies Silently’s Sleuthathon. Be sure to check out the rest of the contributions for plenty of mystery and fun! Part of a long series of Michael Shayne mysteries, 1941’s Dressed to Kill follows the good detective as he’s forced to miss his own wedding to take on a case. Just as Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) and his girlfriend are preparing to … Continue reading Sleuthathon: Dressed to Kill (1941)

HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 4: The Living Ghost (1942)

Nick Trayne (James Dunn) used to be a star detective, but he’s no longer solving mysteries. Instead, he masquerades as “Brother Trayne,” charging people two bucks to tell him their problems and doling out nonsense advice. It’s a much more leisurely lifestyle than that which he led as a super-sleuth. Nick’s about to make his grand return to the sleuthing business, though, when he’s called … Continue reading HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 4: The Living Ghost (1942)

3 Days of “Forgotten Noir”: Pier 23 (1951)

Dennis O’Brien (Hugh Beaumont) owns a small boat shop in San Francisco, right on the waterfront. Business is pretty slow, so Dennis does a little bit of detective work on the side. Dennis tackles two different cases over the course of Pier 23. First, he gets wrapped up in the world of rigged wrestling matches, with this particular rigging operation leading to murder. He’s also approached … Continue reading 3 Days of “Forgotten Noir”: Pier 23 (1951)