From time to time I’ll post a playlist of song clips that I really like from the films I’ve been watching. Just the songs — no theory, no history, no criticism, no commentary.
The Princess Comes Across is fine example of how Hollywood in the classic period could ruin a good comedy by mixing genres, in this case a screwball comedy and a murder mystery. The Thin Man (1934) and its sequels were so popular that that particular pastiche seemed logical and a proven money-maker for the studios.Continue reading “The Princess Comes Across (1936)”
Sometimes you wonder why a movie gets made. I Was An Adventuress is an exceedingly odd Hollywood revision of a 1938 French film, J’étais une aventurière directed by Raymond Bernard. I haven’t seen the original, but I suspect that the remake was quite faithful, because it doesn’t feel like it was made in the US.Continue reading “I Was An Adventuress (1940)”
On the surface, Thank Your Lucky Stars is just one of the star-studded wartime variety shows that were intended to display Hollywood’s commitment to the war effort. Most film historians treat it like Stage Door Canteen from the same year, and Hollywood Canteen, released a year later. Those films explicitly referenced clubs that provided freeContinue reading “Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)”
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