Tag Archives: 1930s
Crime Without Passion (1934) Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Claude Rains, Margo, Whitney Bourne, Crime, Drama
Dr. Bull is an old-fashioned country doctor whose affair with the widow Janet Cardmaker is creating waves in the small town where he practices. When there is a mysterious outbreak of typhoid which the doctor is slow in reacting to, it all comes to a head. The townspeople hold an emergency meeting and decide to give Dr. Bull the sack and bring in a new doctor. Dr. Bull must find a way to save his job, his reputation, and a young man’s life, whom all other practitioners have written off as a permanent invalid.
When the box-office manager takes off with all the money belonging to a traveling theatre-troupe, the show’s promoters and leading performers, Bill Potter and Jim Truman, have to sell off of the show’s assets to a theatre in Newcastle in order to pay the actors. They have enough money left over to open up a bookie’s stall in London taking bets on greyhound-racing. The local bookies send a stooge around to give them some false inside-information and they can’t cover the losses they garner using the incorrect-odds, and have to sell everything they own. All that is left is a greyhound puppy which Bill determines he will train for racing and make a fortune. And then bad things really begin happening to Bill including having to escape prison, on a trumped-up charge, as part of the rubbish carried off in the garbage lorry.
Calvin Churchill, a confidence-man, and his sidekick/stooge, “Clip” McGurk, are being pursued by an Internal Revenue agent, Henry Potke, for their failure to file an income-tax on the advice of a shyster lawyer. They are hiding out at the Desert Springs Hotel-Resort, where Calvin is working a scam by posing as a stratosphere-flyer who is looking at making Desert Springs the base of his operations. A rich airplane manufacturer sees a chance to get rid of a stratosphere balloon that he built for an unsuccessful expedition at a great loss. Calvin intends to take the money and run but his estranged wife, Alice, now a tennis instructor at the resort promises to come back to him if he will reform. Alas, reformation does not come easy for Calvin, especially when “Clip” is around, and Henry is closing in.
The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937) Hanns Schwarz, Barry K. Barnes, Sophie Stewart, Margaretta Scott, Drama, History, Romance
Sir Percy Blakeney(in the guise of the masked Scarlet Pimpernel), an Englishman who with the aid of a band of his friends, is engaged in spiriting FRench aristocrats across the English Channel to escape the guillotine. Robespierre, the ruthless revolutionary, informs the chief of the police he must capture the Scarlet Pimpernel or lose his own head to the blade. Blakeley’s wife is abducted and taken to France forcing him to follow in a rescue attempt.
You Can’t Get Away with Murder (1939) Lewis Seiler, Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, Billy Halop, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Johnnie learns crime from petty thug Frank Wilson. When Wilson kills a pawnbroker with a gun stolen from Johnnie’s sister Madge’s fiance Fred Burke, Fred goes to Sing Sing’s death house. Wilson uses all the pressure can to keep Johnnie silent, even after he and Johnnie themselves wind up in the big house.
Les mutinés de l’Elseneur (1936) Pierre Chenal, Jean Murat, Winna Winifried, André Berley, Adventure, Drama
Un riche collectionneur japonais propose a Edith, dame du grand monde, de lui donner l’argent qu’elle a detourne, produit d’une vente de charite, a l’unique condition qu’elle se donne a lui. Malgre sa repugnance, Edith accepte. Mais elle regagne au jeu la somme escroquee… Ce film est un remake du film de Cecil B. De Mille “The Cheat” et un de ces grands succes qui deciderent plusieurs cineastes en herbe francais a se lancer definitivement dans la carriere cinematographique.
The Gorgeous Hussy (1936) Clarence Brown, Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Drama, History
It’s the early nineteenth century Washington. Young adult Margaret O’Neal – Peggy to most that know her – is the daughter of Major William O’Neal, who is the innkeeper of the establishment where most out-of-town politicians and military men stay when they’re in Washington. Peggy is pretty and politically aware. She is courted by several of those politicians and military men who all want to marry her, except for the one with who she is truly in love. Because of her personal situation at the time, she, in 1828, becomes the unofficial first lady to help her old friend – “old” both in terms of age and length of time – Andrew Jackson, who has just been elected President of the United States.