The prohibition and Key Largo

In the 1948 movie "Key Largo", starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Edward G. Robinson, and one of the phrases in the movie got me thinking. Rocco (Robinson's character), terrified by the hurricane, commands one of his gangsters to start talking, to say anything. The gangster, Curly, starts talking about the prohibition. Here's what he [...]

Our economy: a very distinctive photoplay

I found this photo of a truck advertising the Rialto Theatre on Shorpy. What perked my interest was the juxtaposition of the truck in front of the US Treasury Building. Although the photo was taken in 1925, it's somehow applicable to our times. Doesn't it seem strangely non-coincidental that a photoplay/movie truck would find itself [...]

Wedding Present (1936)

"Wedding Present" (1936) is a wonderful romantic comedy made toward the end of the great depression. Cary Grant plays an ace reporter named Charlie Mason, in love with his partner in "crime", Rusty Fleming (played by Joan Bennett). Cary would reprise the role of an intrepid reporter/editor in "His Girl Friday" (1940), opposite Rosalind Russell, [...]

Flushed Away (2006)

"Flushed Away" is an entertaining tale of a house rat named Roddy enjoying the good life as the spoiled pet of a rich girl. Just as the girl's family goes on vacation and he can really let loose, an intruding rat comes in, gets a taste of the good life, and flushes Roddy down the [...]

John Loves Mary (1949)

"John Loves Mary" is a movie made in 1949, starring Ronald Reagan, Jack Carson and the husky-voiced Patricia Neal. The script was adapted from a Broadway play by the same name, originally written by Norman Krasna. I found the story charming, and wondered why I liked it so much, till I discovered that Norman Krasna [...]

Song of the Thin Man (1947)

"Song of the Thin Man" (1947) is the sixth and final installment in the Thin Man series, starring Bill Powell and Myrna Loy. The series started in 1934 with "The Thin Man". In the midst of the depression, that first movie struck a chord with people and was instantly popular. More movies followed, in 1936, [...]

The Ambassador's Daughter (1956)

We watched it tonight and liked it. It's a funny romantic comedy full of light laughs. The script's somewhat thin at times -- some of the plot twists are sewn with white thread, as they say -- but the acting's great, in particular that of Olivia de Havilland, who plays the title role. What's also [...]

Re-makes aren't as good as the originals

Just finished watching "My Favorite Wife" (1940), and found it so much better than its remake, "Move Over, Darling" (1963). The thing is, I watched the 1963 version first, so I wasn't prejudiced against it by the original. Yet after watching the original tonight, there is no doubt that I prefer it. Ligia and I [...]

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

Saw Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End last night with Ligia. Superb follow-up to Dead Man's Chest (2006). I loved the plot twists in this one, and thought the script was handled wonderfully to offer closure to the story points from the first and second movies in the series. It seemed to me there [...]

Random Harvest (1942)

Just saw Random Harvest (1942), and had to blog about it. What a wonderful movie! I had no idea it even existed until tonight. Ligia spotted it on TMC a week or two ago, and we moved it toward the top of the queue of our Netflix account. I'm so glad we did! The story [...]