C. Jarvis

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (287 of 307)
Location: United Kingdom
Birthday: 13 Jun


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,332,936 - Total Helpful Votes: 287 of 307
The Bride Of Frankenstein [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Boris Karloff
The Bride Of Frankenstein [DVD] DVD ~ Boris Karloff
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Forget 'Godfather 2'. Forget 'The Empire Strikes Back'. This is THE greatest example of a sequal surpassing the original. Coming 4 years after the original 'Frankenstein' in 1931, James Whale was originally reluctant to take on the project, but he soon changed his mind after the studio allowed him more creative freedom. No other director has ever managed to blend horror, comedy and pathos as successfully as Whale. The film features some of the most memorable scenes in film history; notably the monster's encounter with a lonely hermit ("friends - good!") and the introduction of 'The Bride'. The film has it all: superb casting, tremendous sets and make up, memorable dialogue ("To a new world… Read more
My Favourite Wife [VHS] <b>VHS</b> ~ Cary Grant
My Favourite Wife [VHS] VHS ~ Cary Grant
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
After their success in the wonderful 'The Awful Truth' three years before, Irene Dunne and Cary Grant were reunited for this fast moving and often hillarious film. Dunne plays Ellen, returning home after seven years shipwrecked to discover that her husband Nick has declared her legally dead and has re-married the snobbish Bianca so she decides to make him jealous when he finds out that Ellen was not alone for those seven years and had been shipwrecked with Stephen Burkett. Both Dunne and Grant are at their hillarious best (although never quite re-capturing the joy of their previous outing). The real comedy comes when Ellen nabs a short middle aged shoesalesman and introduces him to Nick as… Read more
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame [VHS] <b>VHS</b> ~ Charles Laughton
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame [VHS] VHS ~ Charles Laughton
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Previously filmed in 1923 (with Lon Chaney as Quasimodo) this version is a vast improvement. Directed by German expatriate William Dieterle and featuring a superb performance from Charles Laughton as the lonely misshapen bellringer who falls in love with a beautiful gypsy girl. This was Laughton's second portrayl of a Hugo character (after playing Javert in 'Les Miserables' in 1935) and it became one of his most famous roles; overcoming the discomfort of the make up and the heat (it was filmed during the hot September of 1939) and pulling off a wonderful charectarisation, managing to convey Quasimodo's kindness and beauty of character. He is matched by a great cast - Cedric Hardwicke as the… Read more