Author Archives: Jennifer Garlen

Silver Screen Standards: The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

Silver Screen Standards: The Most Dangerous Game (1932) The Most Dangerous Game (1932) has a lot in common with King Kong (1933): the same sets, the same producers, one of the same directors, and some of the same cast, but … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: That Night in Rio (1941)

Silver Screen Standards: That Night in Rio (1941) I turn to Fox’s cheerful Technicolor musicals whenever I really need a morale booster, and That Night in Rio (1941) is one my favorites. Directed by Irving Cummings, this effervescent musical comedy … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Sylvia Scarlett (1935)

Silver Screen Standards: Sylvia Scarlett (1935) Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant starred in four movies together, two of which, Bringing Up Baby (1938) and The Philadelphia Story (1940), are now widely celebrated classics, but their first pairing went so badly … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Egg and I (1947)

Silver Screen Standards: The Egg and I (1947) Adapted from the 1945 bestseller by Betty MacDonald, The Egg and I (1947) depicts the misadventures of newlywed couple Betty and Bob (Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray) as they struggle to transform … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: My Man Godfrey (1936)

Silver Screen Standards: My Man Godfrey (1936) I’m a big fan of screwball comedy, so of course, I enjoy the wacky antics of Gregory La Cava’s 1936 classic, My Man Godfrey, which stars William Powell and Carole Lombard as an … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Bacall Beyond Bogart

Silver Screen Standards: Bacall Beyond Bogart From the moment you see them together on screen in To Have and Have Not (1944), you know there’s something special about Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. They embody that magical idea of “chemistry” … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Vincent Price

Silver Screen Standards: Vincent Price During the Halloween season we naturally think of Vincent Price, that undisputed icon of horror whose many roles in the genre put him in the exalted company of Lon Chaney, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Haunting (1963)

Silver Screen Standards: The Haunting (1963) If anyone tries to tell you that old horror movies aren’t scary, The Haunting (1963) is there to prove them wrong. This terrifying adaptation of the novel by Shirley Jackson still has plenty of … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Claude Rains

Silver Screen Standards: Claude Rains I couldn’t decide between several movies I had in mind for this month’s column, and then I realized that they all had something in common – Claude Rains. Rains is one of those actors whose … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Eliza’s Voice in My Fair Lady (1964)

Silver Screen Standards: Eliza’s Voice in My Fair Lady (1964) The socio-economic and geographical markers of dialect loom large in George Bernard Shaw’s influential play, Pygmalion, its 1938 film adaptation, and the splashy musical version that stars Audrey Hepburn as … Continue reading

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