A tunesmith, a user and an out-and-out heel, puts the stories of his broken romances into song, turning old love letters into lyrics, and capitalizing on the death of his best friend to turn it into the subject of a tear-jerker that turns into a hit.
Tag Archives: 1930s
Daredevil Drivers (1938) Reeves Eason, Beverly Roberts, Dick Purcell, Gloria Blondell, Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Sport
A hotshot race-car driver gets suspended, and winds up driving for a shady bus company. This causes problems with his girlfriend, who owns a rival–but much more reputable–bus company. To get back on his girlfriend’s good side, he looks a little deeper into the company he’s working for and discovers that it’s a front for a criminal gang.
In this romantic comedy, the king of Ruritania marries an impoverished commoner after he is exiled. Trouble shows up when the king must return to his country and marry an heiress. Fortunately, his first bride has fallen for an army officer and is happy to have her royal marriage annulled.
Scarlet Dawn (1932) William Dieterle, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Nancy Carroll, Lilyan Tashman, Drama, History, Romance
February, 1917. Returning to the German front after a sybaritic leave in Moscow, Russian officer Nikita Krasnoff and his brigade are met by the first troop revolts. In the growing anarchy of the Revolution, Nikita finds himself isolated, and must make his risky way to Turkey in the unexpected company of his adoring (but virtuous) former servant Tanyusha. In Istanbul, Nikita and Tanyusha reach an understanding… but their happiness is threatened by the reappearance of Nikita’s former mistress Vera, offering a false semblance of the old life.
In 1923, Gregory Vance, a widower with two children, is a former scholar who has turned from book-to-bottle. He works, slightly, as a night-watchman and his children, who know him for what he is and what he isn’t, are his only admirers. Then, it is discovered that he is the only registered voter in a key precinct and the politicians, from both parties, arrive in droves bearing inducements. What he does about this situation, and the relatives who want to take his children away from him make up the story.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) Sidney Lanfield, Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
On his uncle’s death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from abroad and opens up the ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire. Holmes uncovers a plot to have Sir Henry murdered by a terrible trained hound. First casting of Rathbone and Bruce as Holmes and Watson.
Daybreak / Le jour se lève (1939) Marcel Carné, Jean Gabin, Jacqueline Laurent, Arletty, Crime, Drama, Romance
Francois, a sympathetic factory worker, kills Valentin with a gun. He locked himself in his furnished room and starts remembering how he was led to murder. He met once Francoise, a young fleurist, and they fell in love. But Francoise was gotten round by Valentin, a dog trainer, a machiavellian guy…
Dink Purcell loves his alcoholic father, ex-heavyweight champion Andy “Champ” Purcell, despite his frequent binges, his frequent gambling and their squalid living conditions. And there’s nothing Andy wouldn’t do for Dink. When Andy wins a race horse gambling, he gives it to Dink and they race it at a Tijuana track. There, Dink meets Linda Carleton, a race horse owner herself, and they have an immediate rapport. But Linda’s rich husband sees Andy and realizes Dink is Linda’s son, who she gave up when she and Andy divorced. Andy is bribed $200 to allow Dink to visit with Linda, but refuses to allow Dink to spend six months with the Carletons. When Andy loses the horse gambling and winds up in jail after a drunken tirade, he realizes Dink’s place is with his mother. Dink tearfully goes but sneaks out and returns at his first opportunity, filling a depressed Andy with a desire to make good. So Andy goes into training after his managers arrange a boxing match with the Mexican champion.
Heads We Go / The Charming Deceiver (1933) Monty Banks, Constance Cummings, Frank Lawton, Binnie Barnes, Comedy
Haughty Hollywood movie star Dorothy Kay (Constance Cummings) doesn’t know it, but she has an exact double, impoverished British lass Betty Smith (also Constance Cummings). As part of a scheme to wreak vengeance on snooty hotel clerk Otis Doves (Gus McNaughton), newspaper heir Toby Tyrrell (Frank Lawton) talks Betty into posing as Dorothy. The ruse works beautifully, until the inevitable happens and the real Dorothy shows up. Constance Cummings had already proven her skill with dual roles in Harold Lloyd’s Movie Crazy (1932), but she’s just wasting her talents in this tired quota quickie. Heads We Go was released in the U.S. as The Charming Deceiver.