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Road to Zanzibar (1941) - reviewed by George

Zanzibar is an island off the East Coast of Africa and is part of the United Republic of Tanzania. I think in 1941 it was independent. 410 more words



THE SECRET WITNESS is a 1931 pre-code with Una Merkel as a crime-solving society dame (I know! Una Merkel?), Zasu Pitts as a hapless switchboard operator (I feel your eyebrows, raised to stratospheric astonishment by the previous bit of casting, burn up on re-entry as they hasten to resume their customary position on your face), and, most excitingly of all, a pistol-packing chimpanzee known only as “the monk.” 294 more words


SPOTLIGHT: Flaming Pre-Code Francis (IV)

Welcome to a new Film Friday and the continuation of our spotlight series on the Pre-Code work of the unjustly under-praised Kay Francis (1905-1968), one of the most popular Warner Brothers stars of the 1930s. 793 more words


Throwback Trailer: Evelyn Prentice (1934)

The neglected wife of a high profile attorney dallies with a unscrupulous womanizer and finds herself involved in blackmail and murder.

Throwback Trailer

Kill the Umpire (1950)

It’s the annual All Star break where the American League faces off against the National League for the home field advantage in the World Series of baseball. 490 more words

Daily Take


MUROC DRY LAKE, in the high desert about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, has a rich history in motor sport. Here are a few of my favorite Muroc madcaps, together with related matters that spring to mind. 777 more words

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