Star of Midnight (1935)

“Hey, this is swell. Home murder mysteries! Why go out for thrills when you can have them in your own parlor?” Tim Winthrop (Leslie Fenton) has asked his criminal lawyer pal Clay Dalzell (William Powell) for help tracking down a missing girlfriend. Clay’s sort-of fiancée, Donna Mantin (Ginger Rogers) is intrigued by the case. That night, the three head to the theater, where the mysterious … Continue reading Star of Midnight (1935)

The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

Paula Bradford (Jean Arthur) is a mystery writer and wannabe sleuth. She has come to the apartment of her ex-husband, Dr. Lawrence Bradford (William Powell), to get his opinion on her latest theory. Jockey Eddie Sands died suddenly during a major horse race, and Paula aims to prove he was murdered. Reluctantly, Dr. Bradford agrees to examine Eddie’s body. He’s never liked Paula’s hobby of … Continue reading The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

TCM Discoveries Blogathon: The Thin Man series

I’ve lost count of the number of favorite films I’ve discovered through Turner Classic Movies, the beloved TV network known as TCM, for short. I credit the network with introducing me to practically all of my favorite stars — Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred and Ginger, Myrna Loy. When The Nitrate Diva announced the TCM Discoveries Blogathon a few weeks ago, The Thin Man was … Continue reading TCM Discoveries Blogathon: The Thin Man series

One year, one film: 1934 – The Thin Man

One year, one film: 1934 The film: The Thin Man, dir. W. S. Van Dyke starring Myrna Loy and William Powell Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Today is a landmark day for the “One year, one film” series: Mourdant Hall gets his last chance to agree (or disagree) with TMP. Hall stopped reviewing films for The New York Times in 1934 and went on … Continue reading One year, one film: 1934 – The Thin Man

Favorite things about… Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

The favorite film: Manhattan Melodrama, a 1934 crime drama/romance directed by W. S. Van Dyke for MGM. The synopsis: Blackie Gallagher and Jim Wade have been friends for years, but their lives have taken opposite paths. Blackie is a gambler and a criminal, while bookish Jim takes a job as a District Attorney and plans on running for governor. Blackie’s girlfriend, Eleanor, gets fed up … Continue reading Favorite things about… Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)

The Girl Who Had Everything opens with an evening news broadcast, where Elmer Peterson is announcing that a man named Victor Ramondi (Fernando Lamas) will be investigated. Ramondi is the leader of a gambling ring. Watching the broadcast are beautiful, young Jean Latimer (Elizabeth Taylor) and her father (William Powell). The Latimers live in Lexington, Kentucky, where Mr. Latimer is taking some time off after … Continue reading The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)

I Love You Again (1940)

I Love You Again is a crazy little comedy. It begins on a cruise, with upstanding citizen Larry Wilson (William Powell) attempting to help a man who has fallen overboard. While in the water during the attempted recovery, Larry is accidentally hit in the head with a wooden paddle by a fellow rescuer. He’s struck with a bout of amnesia after getting this painful blow … Continue reading I Love You Again (1940)

Carole Lombard Glamour Collection: Man of the World (1931)

Jimmie Powers (William Powell) was once a reporter with a budding career, but after a scandal he found himself unable to find work in the United States. Now living in Paris, Jimmie goes by “Michael Trevor” and runs a sleazy newspaper, writing about the wealthy American men who come to Paris. The latest in Michael’s string of tabloid story victims is Harold Taylor (Guy Kibbee), … Continue reading Carole Lombard Glamour Collection: Man of the World (1931)

Double Wedding (1937)

Waldo (John Beal) and Irene (Florence Rice) are a young, engaged couple, full of life and hopeful for a great future. Unfortunately, they’re living with their opposite: Irene’s sister Margit (Myrna Loy), a stuffy and very composed woman who wants to plan every detail of their lives, from their wedding to their daily meals. She designs dresses for a living and is a definite control … Continue reading Double Wedding (1937)