I. Brown

Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (42 of 44)
Location: England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,343,804 - Total Helpful Votes: 42 of 44
Frank Borzage, Vol. 1 (7th Heaven / Street Angel) &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Janet Gaynor
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful to have these two great classics of the late silent era (1927-28) on Region 2 DVD at last. Director Frank Borzage was known for his emotional melodramas in which romantic love surmounted all obstacles. Janet Gaynor - small and delicate in appearance, wonderfully expressive in performance - was paired with tall, handsome, wavy-haired Charles Farrell twelve times between 1927 and 1934; they were the most famous romantic couple of the period, and these films are the first and second they made together.

In Seventh Heaven, Gaynor plays a Parisian waif, beaten by her sister and taking refuge with street cleaner Chico (Farrell). They live together in his top floor apartment… Read more
Cluny Brown [1946] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Charles Boyer
Cluny Brown [1946] [DVD] DVD ~ Charles Boyer
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bang, bang, bang!, 24 Oct 2008
A beguiling comedy, the last completed by Ernst Lubitsch as director, Cluny Brown is set in a never-never land England in 1938. Jennifer Jones plays the niece of a plumber, unsure of her place in the world, who takes a job as a maid at a country house, where she re-encounters intellectual Czech refuge and freeloader/free spirit Charles Boyer. This being a romantic comedy, the ending is not hard to guess; however, along the way there are a lot of good jokes, some startling double entendres, and some deft comic acting (Peter Lawford aside, who is a very dull stick).

Jennifer Jones has a deep note to her voice which has reminded me in previous films of Marilyn Monroe; here, she is… Read more
Hide and Seek: Or, the Mystery of Mary Grice (Oxfo&hellip by Wilkie Collins
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still finding his feet, 20 April 2008
This novel from 1854, published six years before The Woman in White shows Wilkie Collins still finding his feet. He claims it was written in reaction to reviewers who said he couldn't `do' character; and unfortunately, the book, at this stage in his career at least, proves the critics had a point. Madonna Blyth, the orphaned deaf and dumb girl, whose origins are revealed in the climax to the plot, is boringly virtuous - actually, she's beyond boring: she's excruciating! - and many of the other characters are either implausible or dislikeable.

Originally, the novel was longer than the version available here; Collins cut it considerably for its republication, which is actually an… Read more