FilmStruck Friday: Harold Lloyd Shorts

Welcome to this week’s edition of FilmStruck Friday! Every Friday here on TMP, with the exception of the first Friday of the month (which is reserved for “Favorite things about…”), we’ll be taking a look at a film available through the TCM and Criterion Collection streaming service. Today I’m highlighting a pair of Harold Lloyd comedic shorts. Happy viewing! While not necessarily extensive, FilmStruck has … Continue reading FilmStruck Friday: Harold Lloyd Shorts

Dr. Jack (1922)

The Sick-Little-Well-Girl (Mildred Davis) has been treated by Dr. Louis von Saulsbourg (Eric Mayne) for many years. He’s really struck it rich by treating her — constant new diagnoses, and stays at his expensive sanitarium. Dr. Jackson — also known as simply “Dr. Jack” (Harold Lloyd) — has methods just the opposite of von Saulsbourg. Rather than recommending expensive treatments or medications, he’s a common … Continue reading Dr. Jack (1922)

The Garbo Silents Collection: The Temptress (1926)

It all begins at a masked ball — quite the romantic setting. A man (Antonio Moreno) is enjoying the party when his attention is caught by a beautiful woman (Greta Garbo). Their attraction only grows when the masks come off. It’s love at first sight for Manuel and Elena. There’s just one little problem: Elena is married, and her husband (Armand Kaliz) is no stranger. He’s a wealthy marquis, … Continue reading The Garbo Silents Collection: The Temptress (1926)

The Garbo Silents Collection: Flesh and the Devil (1927)

Leo von Harden (John Gilbert) and Ulrich von Eltz (Lars Hanson) are long-time pals, having grown up together and served together in the military, sharing a bunk in the barracks. As kids, they made a blood pact to ensure their undying bond. They’re such good pals they’ve even got their own “Isle of Friendship,” an island they used to row to as children, where they … Continue reading The Garbo Silents Collection: Flesh and the Devil (1927)

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)

HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 4: Geheimnisse einer Seele (1926)

Welcome to Day 4 of Horror Half-Week, and happy Halloween! Previous posts from this year’s spooky celebration: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 Martin Fellman (Werner Krauss) is a scientist, but no ordinary man. He’s haunted by an irrational fear – a fear of knives, to be precise. Along with his fear of knives, he feels a strange urge to commit murder. The potential target? His wife … Continue reading HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 4: Geheimnisse einer Seele (1926)

Favorite things about… The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Today we’ve got a fun little twist on the “Favorite Things About Favorite Films” series. Since the featured movie is silent, I thought I’d switch it up by making the “Favorite things/quotes” section silent as well  — told through screen captures from the DVD rather than the usual bullet-point list of commentary. The favorite film: The Man Who Laughs, a slightly horror-ish 1928 melodrama from director Paul Leni, … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Man Who Laughs (1928)