Whispering City (1947)

Albert Frederic (Paul Lukas) is a well-known Quebec City lawyer and patron to many a local artist. Years ago, a friend of Albert died in an apparent accident. On her deathbed, the deceased man’s fiancé (Mimi D’Estee) confesses to young reporter Mary Roberts (Mary Anderson) that he was actually murdered. Naturally, Mary’s interest is piqued and she decides to investigate the case, but in doing so … Continue reading Whispering City (1947)

Grand Slam (1933)

Peter Stanislavsky (Paul Lukas) is a waiter, working and occasionally playing the piano at a Russian restaurant. The gig isn’t permanent — just a way to support his recently-wed self and his wife while he works on a novel. While Peter has publishing aspirations, the rest of the world has gone crazy for the game of bridge. Marcia (Loretta Young), Peter’s wife, convinces the reluctant … Continue reading Grand Slam (1933)

One year, one film: 1943 – Watch on the Rhine

One year, one film: 1943 The film: Watch on the Rhine, dir. Herman Shumlin starring Bette Davis and Paul Lukas Rating: Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See Watch on the Rhine is a film that starts out deceptively pleasant before turning to heartbreaking drama. It was one of my favorite discoveries of the “Through the Library, Alphabetically” project that I completed in 2012. The film follows Sara Muller … Continue reading One year, one film: 1943 – Watch on the Rhine

Age of Indiscretion (1935)

NOTE: This post contains spoilers. Read with caution if you’ve never seen the film and would like to remain un-spoiled! Robert Lenhart (Paul Lukas) is a book publisher whose business is in financial trouble. He owes over $20,000 to various creditors, and he’s asked for so many extensions that the creditors refuse to even meet with him. They send a representative to his office, asking … Continue reading Age of Indiscretion (1935)

Watch on the Rhine (1943)

American Sara Muller (Bette Davis), her European husband Kurt (Paul Lukas) and their three children have decided to return to America, where they plan to say with Sara’s mother (Fanny, portrayed by Lucile Watson) in Washington DC. Sara has been away from home for nearly twenty years and is excited to return. The film begins with the Muller family crossing the border from Mexico into … Continue reading Watch on the Rhine (1943)