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Topic: warner archive

The Cats / Hate for Hate

You’re in for two Euro treats.


Action

Rod Lott
Italians do it better.

 
Monday, April 9, 2012

Grand Central Murder

Choo on this old-fashioned murder mystery.


Thriller

Rod Lott
As a showgirl, Mida King (Patricia Dane, Rio Rita) is likely used to lecherous comments and unwanted advances, but death threats are another story — this story, in fact.
 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Case of the Black Parrot

Polly wanna murder mystery?


Thriller

Rod Lott
Warner Archive's packaging pegs 1941's The Case of the Black Parrot as a “classic crime thriller,” but for such a lofty status, I've never heard it uttered in the same breath as, say, The Bat or And Then There Were None. In fact, I'd never heard of it, period. No matter; the fix was easy.
 
Thursday, April 19, 2012

While the Patient Slept

No catching Zs during this zing-filled mystery.


Thriller

Rod Lott
All the way back from 1935, While the Patient Slept begins with a logo stating it's a Clue Club Picture. Was that a regular picture-show "thing"? The Clue Club? Because if it was, I would've been a faithful follower, just based upon this good-natured mystery, recently released by Warner Archive.
 
Thursday, April 26, 2012

The House Across the Street / Homicide

More noir.


Thriller

Rod Lott
As if Warner Archive hasn’t re-released enough murder mysteries on MOD DVD lately, here’s another helping, pairing 1949’s The House Across the Street and Homicide on one disc overflowing with film noir. I gladly made room for it.
 
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Flareup

Raquel-a-go-go!


Thriller

Rod Lott
Raquel Welch never quite landed on the A list, but not for a lack of trying. It's just that so many of her projects (Bedazzled, One Million Years B.C., Fathom, Myra Breckinridge, et al.) required little more of her than her assets. At least she shakes those with the best of them as a go-go girl on the go — and on the run — in 1969's Flareup, fresh from the MOD ovens of Warner Archive.
 
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Knights of the Round Table

Good ‘Knight’? Not quite.


Drama

Rod Lott
From 1953, Knights of the Round Table proudly boasts the CinemaScope logo as it opens, trumpeting itself as an epic Hollywood costumed drama on a massive scale: no expense spared, no detail ignored. And no story engagement.
 
Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Awakening

Mummy dearest.


Horror

Rod Lott
As someone who loves mummy movies, I’ve long had The Awakening on my radar, but only now has the 1980 horror thriller come within reach, thanks to Warner Archive. While the film's rep isn't sterling by any stretch, I found it to be a nice surprise.
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lucky Devils

'Devils' made me do it.


Drama

Rod Lott
It's fun to compare Lucky Devils — a 1933 RKO Picture about stuntmen — to something more contemporary, like 1980's The Stunt Man or even last year's Drive. According to this fun flick, safety was like an afterthought, with the guys who were risking their lives getting the scene explained to them once, quickly and just before the director called, “Action!”
 
Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Phantom of Crestwood

She deserved it. Case closed.


Thriller

Rod Lott
From 1932, the mystery The Phantom of Crestwood may be one of Hollywood’s first gimmick flicks. That doesn’t make it any good, however.
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
 
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