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Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

dir. James Whale

“Bride of Frankenstein” is, at the very least, the perfect sequel. It works as a Frankenstein continuation, as horror, and as comedy. 2,384 more words


Frankenstein (1931)

dir. James Whale

It’s 1931, and Tod Browning’s “Dracula” is a huge hit. So where does Universal Studios go from there? Well, Mary Shelley’s classic horror, “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus”, is the next logical stone to turn. 2,334 more words


A Cinematic Bon-Bon: Raffles (1930)

A charming confection, Raffles exists in a world that meets somewhere between the allure of the truly glamorous, a harmlessly silly aristocracy and a place where crime is non-violent and victimless.  1,267 more words

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Murder and Menace: Guilty Hands (1931)

This early pre-Code film,  directed by W. S. Van Dyke (The Thin Man), with co-direction from Lionel Barrymore, starts off with a bang and does not let up. 1,980 more words

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The Barrymore Triumvirate: Rasputin and the Empress (1932)

Some years back I picked up a cocktail table book, The Romanov Family Album.  Filled with photographs, many of them taken by Czar Nicholas himself, it captured his wife and children in every day moments, engaging in simple family pursuits.  2,597 more words

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Take Your Place At the Table: Dinner At Eight*

Dinner At Eight is a movie that sneaks up on you. I found myself taking an interest in the characters right away and yet the association between many of these players is oh so slowly established, at least for a pre-Code film. 2,096 more words

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Musical Monday: The Night is Young (1935)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. 639 more words

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