20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

Tommy Connors (Spencer Tracy) is headed to prison for robbery and assault, but confident he can easily bust out if he needs to. He underestimates Sing Sing and its warden, Paul Long (Arthur Byron). Tommy has a smooth-talking lawyer on his side, Joe Finn (Louis Calhern). Joe meets with Warden Long the day Tommy arrives to begin his sentence and tries to bribe Tommy’s way … Continue reading 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

Eight Days of Christmas: Boys Town (1938)

Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) is a man on a mission, to help the troubled and disadvantaged young men in his community. He starts a home to give them shelter, food, and guidance, which eventually grows into Boys Town — a self-sufficient town run by the boys, where they can gain leadership skills and stay on the right path. Based on the true story of Father Flanagan’s … Continue reading Eight Days of Christmas: Boys Town (1938)

Keeper of the Flame (1942) – The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon

Last year, when Margaret Perry approached me about taking part in The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon, I jumped at the chance to take a second look at The Rainmaker, a KH film that I’d been eager to re-watch after first discovering/reviewing it in 2012. When I learned that this celebration of Katharine Hepburn would be taking place for a second year, I decided to boldly … Continue reading Keeper of the Flame (1942) – The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon

San Francisco (1936)

“SAN FRANCISCO – guardian of the Golden Gate – stands today a queen among sea ports – industrious, mature, respectable. But perhaps she dreams of the queen and city she was — splendid and sensuous, vulgar and magnificent – that perished suddenly with a cry still heard in the hearts of those who knew her, at exactly… Five-thirteen A.M. April 18, 1906“ Blackie Norton (Clark … Continue reading San Francisco (1936)

Top 9 non-musical comedies of the 1930s, #4

Libeled Lady (Jack Conway, 1936) Why? This one should come as no surprise. Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy and William Powell are a winning combination. And on top of that fabulous cast you’ve got some extremely witty dialogue, always sharply delivered. This film is near perfect in my book. Favorite character: Haggerty, portayed by Spencer Tracy Favorite quote or scene: Fishing! Continue reading Top 9 non-musical comedies of the 1930s, #4