Ready, Willing and Able (1937)

Barry Granville (Ross Alexander) and Pinky Blair (Lee Dixon) are writers and wannabe theatrical producers. They’ve had trouble scrounging up funding for their latest production, but they’re finally able to secure a backer… who will give them the dough as long as they hire British actress Jane Clarke (Winifred Shaw) to take on the starring role. J. Van Courtland (Allen Jenkins) is a theatrical agent, … Continue reading Ready, Willing and Able (1937)

Flirtation Walk (1934)

Dick “Canary” Dorcy (Dick Powell) is an Army man, stationed in Hawaii. He isn’t exactly a model soldier. Resistant to taking orders, Dick often finds himself arguing with his sergeant (Pat O’Brien), who says he should go to West Point and learn to give orders if he’s so unwilling to take them. There may be something to the sergeant’s point, but Dick has no real desire … Continue reading Flirtation Walk (1934)

Reviewin’ the Box: Dames (1934) on DVD

A note from Lindsey: If you’re interested in seeing this film and can’t find a used copy of Dames alone, it’s also available in The Busby Berkeley Collection boxed set (which I am forever lusting after) and TCM’s Greatest Classic Films: Busby Berkeley set. I’m 99.999% sure that the copy I picked up from the library is a singled-out version of the one that appears … Continue reading Reviewin’ the Box: Dames (1934) on DVD

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

From director Mervyn LeRoy comes this all-at-once serious and hilarious Depression-era film. Gold Diggers of 1933 is based on the play by Avery Hopwood and choreographed by Busby Berkeley, featuring a fantastic cast and extravagant musical numbers. The cast and crew of a new Broadway show suddenly find themselves unemployed when the set and costumes of their show are all confiscated due to unpaid bills. … Continue reading Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)