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I've Got Your Number/Havana Widows Double Feature [DVD] [1934] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
I've Got Your Number/Havana Widows Double Feature [DVD] [1934] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ray Enright
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 10.61

3.0 out of 5 stars given a lift by joan blondell., 30 Oct 2012
these two B programmers from "warner bros." aren't all that bad, they are given a lift by a watchable and professional cast, especially by joan blondell. a good actress in her day, blondell appeared in some good films back in the early to mid 1930s and then suddenly seemed to fade away.
these films show that she was talented at playing comedy, with her fast-talking dialogue, beautiful looks and likable personality. "ive got your number" is the far better film here as the film has a slightly better plot and pace and the climax is a good one.
"havana widows" was rather far-fetched in my opinion and frank mchugh as the drunken lawyer started to grow tiresome after a while. even so, it still has its moments but the routine dialogue and slow pace let it down.


Dangerous [DVD] [1935] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dangerous [DVD] [1935] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Dick Foran
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 9.17

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars davis is certainly dangerous!, 26 Oct 2012
the plot in this film is pretty sound but the entire production belongs to bette davis and her oscar-winning performance.
displaying emotions of helplessness, passion, determination in equal measure, davis steals every scene she is in. the male lead, franchot tone isn't bad but a little dull in my opinion.
the pace is a good one as davis's character strives to restore her career as a theatre actress but at the cost of ruining the life and career of her suitor(tone) in the process. as she says herself: "i don't build things, i can only destroy them." never was a truer word said.
worth watching if you are a bette davis fan.


Bureau of Missing Persons [DVD] [1933] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Bureau of Missing Persons [DVD] [1933] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Bette Davis
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 9.73

4.0 out of 5 stars an informative, interesting film but hardly any bette., 26 Oct 2012
"bureau of missing persons" is a good and solid film. it plays slightly more in the way of a documentary, what with the factual prologue.
i was a bit disappointed that it took nearly half an hour for bette davis to make her first appearance, especially as her name is at the top of the cast. i regard pat o'brien and lewis stone as being more central to the plot, simply as their characters are given more to do. however, once bette davis appears on the scene, she is makes herself known. the three actors give effective and convincing performances.
the film isn't without its moments of humour and these are well handled by "warner bros." regular, allan jenkins. in addition, there are several rather moving scenes as people from all walks of life give descriptions of their missing loved ones to the bureau.


Castle on the Hudson [DVD] [1940] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Castle on the Hudson [DVD] [1940] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ John Garfield
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 9.47

2.0 out of 5 stars an inferior remake to 1930s classic., 25 Oct 2012
this film is merely a scene-for-scene remake of the "warner bros." film "20,000 years in sing sing" and isn't half as good. the opening scene differs slightly but that's about it.
the cast all do their best with the routine material that they have but this production rarely rises above the ordinary. every now and then, i see bits of footage borrowed from the earlier film and i think it shows that "castle on the hudson" is on the low budget side.
john garfield, ann sheridan and pat o'brien give good performances but they should have been given stronger dialogue to work with.
i much prefer spencer tracy's hardened, gritty performance in the 1933 version. this 1940 remake is still a fairly agreeable time-filler.


Hard Way [DVD] [1943] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Hard Way [DVD] [1943] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ida Lupino
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 9.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars superb "warner ros." thriller., 24 Oct 2012
it is great that some of the more obscure hollywood films are finally been issued on dvd.
"the hard way" is a gripping, thrilling film about a woman who pushes her younger sister(joan leslie) to the top of her chosen profession, that of a dancer and later on, dramatic actress. however, the older sister in the story(ida lupino) isn't especially bothered about using fair or moral means in helping her sister on the road to success and this is constantly highlighted via back-stabbing, cheating, manipulation and other low down means.
the opening scene of lupino being taken to hospital is effective as it paths the way for her to telll her story to a couple of policemen and doctors, with regards to detailing events of the last several months or so.
in my opinion, the acting honours go to ida lupino and to jack carson as the doomed and manipulated half of a music hall act and husband to joan leslie's character.
vincent sherman's direction is highly effective as he creates and sustains just the right mood as the film builds to a fever pitch until the lowkey but very good ending.


The Doorway To Hell [DVD] [1930] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
The Doorway To Hell [DVD] [1930] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ James Cagney
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 10.64

3.0 out of 5 stars creaky and slow but cagney saves it., 24 Oct 2012
i wasn't all that impressed with this film. the plot creaked a lot and its running time seemed a lot longer as a result.
lew ayres wasn't bad in the lead but he didn't have that sense of menace about him, a pity really. acting-wise, "the doorway to hell" belongs to james cagney. even in a "pre-stardom" film, he was showing that he was the kind of actor who commanded the most attention and he sure does here. the scene when the police give him the third degree is cagney's best in the production. a year before being typecast in horror roles, dwight frye had a bit part as a nasty gangster. it would have been good to have seen more of him though.
i found it quite hard to keep up with what was going on half the time as the narrative wasn't very clear and some of the action took place off-screen, which hardly helped. the action that there was in the film, wasn't exactly top notch stuff. the sound effects for the gunfights was more like that of fireworks going off on bonfire night!
the climax was a bit contrived and seemed to go forever.
i only recommend this if you are a fan of james cagney as he is the only reason to see this.


Male Animal [DVD] [1942] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Male Animal [DVD] [1942] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Henry Fonda
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 8.44

4.0 out of 5 stars a witty and thought-provoking film., 23 Oct 2012
i thought "the male animal" film was both amusing and intelligent, with fine performances from henry fonda, olivia dehavilland and jack carson and also some effective dialogue and direction. the scenes between the three leads are both funny and touching.
henry fonda as the english university professor, is concerned that he might be losing his wife(dehavilland) to her old flame, the robust, dashing ex university football player(carson).
there follows some outrageous attempts for henry fonda to try and save his marriage before his wife falls for the charms of her ex boyfriend all over again!
i expected the film to be mainly set in the studio which is fair enough, given the fact that this production originates from the theatre. i find that that helps the film as it keeps the proceedings more focused on drama and character.
not to be missed!


You Can't Get Away With Murder [DVD] [1939] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
You Can't Get Away With Murder [DVD] [1939] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Humphrey Bogart
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 9.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars only for bogart completists., 22 Oct 2012
there isn't anything particular special about this film. the plot and dialogue are pretty routine, the pace is slow and not much happens to create any excitement.
released in 1939, "you can't get away with murder" was hardly a huge stepping stone for humphrey bogart's career. he would have to wait until the following year's "high sierra" for his chance of achieving ever-lasting stardom. here, he just goes through the motions like the rest of the cast and i can't say i blame them.


It All Came True [DVD] [1940] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
It All Came True [DVD] [1940] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Humphrey Bogart
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 10.64

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bogart sends himself up!, 21 Oct 2012
i enjoyed "it all came true." it is more of a light-hearted film with a few laughs along the way. i wondered what was going through the mind of bogart when he realised that he was sharing a house with those group of rather eccentric residents! the scenes of humphrey bogart being seemingly harrassed by those two old ladies in his room are funny, i was chuckling for quite a while after it was over. ann sheridan is good as the fiery girl with ambitions to be a good singer and her singing scenes are well done. the final scene was lowkey but good as bogart decides to do the right thing(for once).
it was a bit of a change for him to play a gangster who wasn't so evil as usual and also to play his by now familiar character with his tongue in his cheek. he played it very well.
una o'connor was also amusing as the tough-talking mother of ann sheridan's character.


Juke Girl [DVD] [1942] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Juke Girl [DVD] [1942] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ann Sheridan
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 9.47

3.0 out of 5 stars reasonably effective but nothing special., 21 Oct 2012
i was curious about watching "juke girl" as i'm a dedicated fan of "warner bros." films from the early 1930s to the late 1940s.
released in 1942, i daresay this film didn't make much headway at the box office but it is still worth a look and is fairly well put together.
i enjoy watching ann sheridan, she's a good actress whose film career suddenly seemed to come to a halt. in my opinion, she takes the acting honours as a girl working as a singer in bars whilst helping the local farmers in their fight against a greedy and shady businessman. as the male lead, ronald reagan is really the same as he always was: o.k but certainly no actor. he goes through his scenes with just enough effort to get by. the brilliant character actor alan hale is woefully used, he hardly has anything to do with the plot. gene lockhart as the villain of the piece is miscast as he struggles to bring any conviction to his role. an actor like barton mcclane or paul kelly would have done a far better job. george tobias as the likeable and victimised farmer is very good and i'm glad that he was one of the main characters in "juke girl."
the extensive location work adds to the film by adding a bit more scope. the climax is fairly predictable but effective.
a worthy addition to anyone's dvd collection of old hollywood films but no classic.


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