Private Lives (1931)

Amanda Prynne (Norma Shearer) and Elyot Chase (Robert Montgomery) were once married, but are now divorced and have both recently remarried. Elyot’s new gal is Sybil (Una Merkel), who frequently questions him about his ex-wife. Amanda has found romance with Victor (Reginald Denny), but he spends much of his time talking about Elyot, promising Amanda that he’ll never treat her the way Elyot did. As … Continue reading Private Lives (1931)

A Lady of Chance (1928)

Hotel switchboard operator Dolly (Norma Shearer) is better known by her con-artist nickname: “Angel Face.” Her gig is blackmail. She lures men to her apartment, where she stages the scene for her “husband” (really just a man who splits the profits with her) to walk in on them and demand hush money. The latest conquest has gone awry, her fake husband deciding to keep all of … Continue reading A Lady of Chance (1928)

One year, one film: 1930 – The Divorcee

One year, one film: 1930 The film: The Divorcee, dir. Robert Z. Leonard starring Norma Shearer, Chester Morris, Robert Montgomery, Conrad Nagel Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE The “One year, one film” series has reached the pre-code era, and what better way to start it off than with The Divorcee? This film follows Jerry (Norma Shearer) who is married to newspaperman Ted (Chester … Continue reading One year, one film: 1930 – The Divorcee

Favorite things about… The Women (1939)

A note from Lindsey: Exactly a year ago today I published a post about 1939’s The Women, which I had discovered two days earlier. (I posted a very tiny review of it.) Here’s another look at the film, which became an instant favorite and was viewed multiple times last year. The favorite film: The Women, a 1939 comedy with an all-female cast, directed by the … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Women (1939)

The Women (1939)

Watched February 5, 2012 The Women (1939): 5/5! Let me begin by saying that this film has an AMAZING cast, which is what attracted me to it in the first place. Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine… it doesn’t get much better. And this fantastic cast certainly doesn’t disappoint. The script itself is very clever, but is even further escalated by … Continue reading The Women (1939)