THE GIRL HUNTERS (1964)

Hard boiled detective stories are lovely fodder for film. The dark streets full of grime, corruption and broken bottles and dreams coupled with spent cartridges.  This is the world of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer at its cliché best with all the trimmings of a blue plate special with poison gravy.   Bit over the top? Yes.... Continue Reading →

THE GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE (1968)

Sixties film making has a particular niche and creators pressed  new subject matter and techniques.   The rise of the 'biker film,' thought to be low budget drive in fare for the  teenagers more interested in making sure  the 'wild oats' were well stowed away. Many of these films were training grounds for people like writer/... Continue Reading →

THE LEMON DROP KID (1951)

I remember the usual films, THE GRINCH THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS with Boris Karloff; CHARLIE BROWN’S CHRISTMAS with the sad tree that tips over when an ornament is put on it.   The skating sequences from THE BISHOPS’S WIFE with David Niven, Cary Grant and Loretta Young are also part of holiday memories.  I still feel the... Continue Reading →

HOUSE OF THE WOLFMAN (2009)

The original UNIVERSAL STUDIOS Monster cycle of  films needs no introduction. They have become part of film folklore from images to  quotes such as 'He meddled with things Man was meant to leave alone.' or  "I never drink wine."  Tributes have been done to death or undeath from THE MUNSTERS  TV series that only ran... Continue Reading →

ONCE A THIEF (1965)

The little things you find when you walk into a shop - like Alain Delon's character did  in ONCE A THIEF (1965). This Ralph Nelson directed picture is a stylish thriller from the opening frame to the end titles.   The  opening sequence, shot  in a  San Francisco jazz club, features a drum solo inter-cut with... Continue Reading →

THE RIGHT TO LIVE (1935)

Warner Brothers takes a dip into the non-gangster market with director William Keighley. He may have seen this as an assignment to get over and done with.  Keightley would work with James Cagney many times and  be in the director's chair for  co direction credit  in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938). THE RIGHT TO... Continue Reading →

NO GREATER GLORY (1934)

Allegory themes tend to be a hit and miss proposition.  A lovely example is  STRANGE CARGO (1940) with one of Clark Gable's best on camera moments of life  and the hereafter. Clarence Brown's THE  HUMAN COMEDY (1943) with Mickey Rooney is another.  The  picture was  originally written by esteemed playwrite William Saroyan, based on his... Continue Reading →

THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE (1921)

Days accelerate today as never before.  You read a calendar and  wonder where a year has gone.  Lucky when you watch film you can slip into seasons quite well hence it was not out of of place the  see  the silent picture  THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE (1921). The picture - while not a story concerning Christmas directly... Continue Reading →

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