It All Came True (1940)

Tommy Taylor (Jeffrey Lynn) wants to be a songwriter. Until he finds his lyrical success, he’s making his living through associations with seedy characters like Chips Maguire (Humphrey Bogart), a gamblin’ gangster. Tommy actually thinks Chips may be able to help him reach his musical goals, but no such luck. Chips uses a gun registered to Tommy to kill a man, and Tommy’s set up … Continue reading It All Came True (1940)

Embraceable You (1948)

Eddie Novoc (Dane Clark) is acting as the getaway driver for a killer when he accidentally hits Marie Willens (Geraldine Brooks) while fleeing the scene of the killer’s latest crime, which took the life of a gambler. Eddie, plagued with guilt, begins visiting Marie in the hospital. He poses as a concerned friend of her brother after being asked by a nurse whether he is … Continue reading Embraceable You (1948)

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)

James Allen (Paul Muni) has just returned home from fighting in the first World War. Not wanting to settle into a dull, monotonous life, he decides to travel, working odd jobs in construction. He has no desire to work in a factory like he did before the war, and he hopes that his experience as a military engineer will bring him riches in the construction … Continue reading I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)

Favorite things about… The Big Sleep

The favorite film: The Big Sleep, a 1946 noir mystery marking the second on-screen pairing of The Most Beautiful Couple Ever*, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Howard Hawks directs, and the film is based on a novel of the same name by Raymond Chandler. *I have awarded them this title (for obvious reasons), just as I’ve awarded Cary Grant the title of The Most Beautiful … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Big Sleep

42nd Street (1933)

The depression has hit, and Broadway producers Jones and Barry are putting on a musical. Dorothy Brock (Bebe Daniels), who is dating the show’s financial backer Abner Dillon (Guy Kibbee), is set to star. A hit director, Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter), is hired. With all signs pointing toward success, and the crew begins holding rehearsals to choose the rest of the cast. But of course, … Continue reading 42nd Street (1933)