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New on DVD! THE MAN WHO PLAYED GOD (1932) with Bette Davis

I’m a little late on this but Warner Archive recently issued the sixth official studio DVD release of Classic Arliss. This time it’s Mr. A’s blockbuster, THE MAN WHO PLAYED GOD: 208 more words


Pre-Code Crazy: Platinum Blonde (1931)

Loretta Young’s birth date is January 6th, and TCM is celebrating the occasion by showing a string of films starring this talented and lovely actress, including such pre-Code gems as… 1,255 more words


Marlene on a train: Shanghai Express (Josef von Sternberg, 1932)

Shanghai Express must surely be one of the great train films. It stars Marlene Dietrich as Shanghai Lily, an infamous prostitute who crosses paths with a former lover, Captain Harvey (Clive Brook) on a dangerous journey across China. 373 more words

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Faithless (1932)

Faithless, directed by Harry Beaumont and released by MGM in 1932, has one thing going for it right off the bat:  it stars Robert Montgomery who, for me, is one of the best things about the pre-Code era. 1,647 more words

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Oscar Vault Monday - Shanghai Express, 1932 (dir. Josef von Sternberg)

Shanghai Express is an interesting film for a handful of reasons. For one, it was the fourth of seven collaborations between its star Marlene Dietrich and its director Josef von Sternberg. 887 more words

Oscar Vault Monday

Shanghai Express

Though this film was a little low quality on YouTube, I still felt transported back to the time of China’s civil war right away.  As the camera maneuvers around the platform in Peking, hundreds of people are walking around, but with all the congestion we still get a good introduction to our characters boarding the train.   522 more words