Broadway Babies (1929)

In a boarding house specifically serving the budding stars of the stage, showgirl Dee (Alice White) lives with two of her best friends. Also rooming there is Billy (Charles Delaney), Dee’s newly-minted fiance. Dee and Billy seem to have a happy future ahead. He runs the show she’s in, and both are sure they’re set for success, on the stage and in their future marriage. But … Continue reading Broadway Babies (1929)

The Locked Door (1929)

Today’s review was written for TMP’s Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project, my quest to watch every film Barbara Stanwyck made. For more reviews, visit the Stanwyck Project index! Frank Devereaux (Rod LaRocque) has invited his father’s secretary Ann (Barbara Stanwyck) out for a date. Much to Ann’s surprise, Frank takes her to a “rum boat” — a ship sailing just far enough out to avoid the … Continue reading The Locked Door (1929)

Coquette (1929)

Norma Besant (Mary Pickford) is part southern bell, part flapper. The daughter of a doctor, she’s a popular, flirtatious young woman with many suitors after her affection. Dr. Besant (John St. Polis) wants Norma to end up with Stanley (Matt Moore), but she’s taken a liking to Michael Jeffrey (Johnny Mack Brown), of whom Dr. Besant doesn’t approve. Despite her father’s misgivings, Norma and Michael … Continue reading Coquette (1929)

Rio Rita (1929)

At the United States-Mexico border, Texas Rangers are on the hunt for a notorious but mysterious criminal known only as “the Kinkajou.” Among the searchers is Captain Jim Stewart (John Boles), new to town and already making enemies, including General Ravinoff (Georges Renevant). Jim finds himself falling for the beautiful Rita (Bebe Daniels) amidst his investigation and his feud with Ravinoff. There’s just one small problem … Continue reading Rio Rita (1929)

The Stolen Jools (1931)

This film was viewed for the Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project. To view more reviews from this project, check out TMP’s Listography page. The Stoolen Jools is a star-studded short, produced for charity. All of the actors involved donated their time to complete the picture, and it was distributed to theaters at no cost. After the show, donations would be collected for a tuberculosis sanatorium — … Continue reading The Stolen Jools (1931)

So Long Letty (1929)

Letty Robbins (Charlotte Greenwood) is a loud and energetic woman who works as a solicitor for a beauty parlor. She’s married to Tommy (Bert Roach), a far less exuberant man. Tommy’s uncle Claude (Claude Gillingwater), a millionaire, comes to town for a visit. He and his granddaughters, flapper girls Ruth (Marion Byron) and Sally (Helen Foster), are staying at the posh beach hotel where Letty’s … Continue reading So Long Letty (1929)

Corsair (1931)

John Hawks (Chester Morris) is the hero of his college football team, but he’s willing to let the glory go for a romance with a wealthy, beautiful socialite named Alison Corning (Thelma Todd, billed under the alias of Alison Loyd). John had been set to take over the coaching position of the team after graduation, but Alison convinces him to instead become “a real man, … Continue reading Corsair (1931)