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Anna Christie (1930) (2)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 25, 2013

When shew was five years old, Anna Christie (Greta Garbo) was sent to live with family on a farm in Minnesota.  Fifteen years pass and her father Chris (George F. Marion) has hardly made an effort to stay in touch with her.  Life in Minnesota hasn’t been easy for Anna.  Her family was cruel read more

Parachute Jumper (1933)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 24, 2013

After leaving the Marines, Bill Keller (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) and Toodles Cooper (Frank McHugh) head to New York, thinking they have jobs as commercial pilots lined up.  But when they arrive, it turns out the company has gone out of business. Bill and Toodles have no other choice but to stay and read more

Smarty (1934)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 23, 2013

Vicki Wallace (Joan Blondell) gets a real kick out of antagonizing her husband Tony (Warren William).  She does it all in good fun, but one night, she pushes Tony too far and he slaps her.  Vicki decides she wants a divorce, and gets her friend Vernon Thorpe (Edward Everett Horton) to handle it for read more

Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 22, 2013

Jerry Corbett (Fredric March) is a journalist, aspiring playwright, and known around Chicago for his love of alcohol.  Heiress Joan Prentice (Sylvia Sidney) doesn’t drink, but when they meet, but there is still a connection between them.  They start seeing each other and Joan repeatedly invite read more

The Front Page (1931)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 21, 2013

Just before Earl Williams (George E. Stone) is to be executed, the big question on many newspaper reporters minds is where isn’t about the execution, but where Hildy Johnson (Pat O’Brien) is.  Hildy is one of the top reporters in Chicago and with the execution being such a big story, it& read more

Evelyn Prentice (1934) (4)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 20, 2013

Evelyn Prentice (Myrna Loy) adores her husband John (William Powell), but John is an attorney and often has to work long hours and travel for work.  Lately, he’s been hard at work defending Mrs. Harrison (Rosalind Russell) and Evelyn really misses spending time with her husband.  One night, read more

Monte Carlo (1930)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 19, 2013

Just as she’s about to marry Duke Otto von Liebenheim (Claude Allister), Countess Helene Mara (Jeanette MacDonald) leaves him standing at the altar and hops on the next train to Monte Carlo.  Helene may be a countess, but she’s broke and only would have been marrying Otto for his money.  read more

Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel (2)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 19, 2013

Fans of pre-code cinema are no strangers to the name Ann Dvorak.  Her electrifying performances in movies like Scarface and Three on a Match helped give those movies a quality that makes them enjoyable over eighty years later.  But to other movie fans, her name probably doesn’t ring any bells. read more

Sinners’ Holiday (1930) (2)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 18, 2013

Running a penny arcade is a family affair for Ma Delano (Lucille LaVerne) and her grown children Jennie (Evalyn Knapp), Joe (Ray Gallagher), and Harry (James Cagney).  Mitch (Warren Hymer) runs a sideshow near the Delano’s arcade, but it’s actually a front for his bootlegging operation.  read more

Midnight Mary (1933) (4)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 17, 2013

Life hasn’t been easy for Mary Martin (Loretta Young).  Her mother died when she was very young and as a teenager, she was sent to reform school for a crime she didn’t commit.  After getting out of reform school, she tries her hardest to find a job, but there aren’t any jobs to be read more

Call Her Savage (1932)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 16, 2013

Like so many young women, Nasa (Clara Bow) loves to rebel against her father Pete Springer (Willard Robertson).  Or at least the he’s man she believes is her father.  Nasa’s real father is a Native American her mother Ruth (Estelle Taylor) was having an affair with until he was forced read more

Morocco (1930) (2)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 15, 2013

When nightclub singer Amy Jolly (Marlene Dietrich) arrives in Morocco, she’s already lived and loved a lot and it’s left her exhausted.  The last thing she wants is to fall in love and be hurt yet again.  But when she spots Legionnaire Tom Brown (Gary Cooper) in the audience during one read more

Havana Widows (1933) (2)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 14, 2013

After losing their jobs dancing in a chorus, Mae (Joan Blondell) and Sadie (Glenda Farrell) take some advice from one of their friends and head to Havana to meet rich men and snare them in breach of promise lawsuits.  But first they need money to get to Havana.  Mae decides to hit up Herman Brody read more

Murder at the Vanities (1934)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 13, 2013

It’s opening night of Earl Carroll’s newest show and it’s the hottest ticket in town.  Stage manager Jack Ellery (Jack Oakie) wouldn’t even be able to get a ticket for the president if he wanted one. Just before the show is set to start, the show’s stars Eric Lander (Ca read more

Possessed (1931)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 12, 2013

Marian Martin (Joan Crawford) is an unrepentant gold digger.  She’s a factory worker from Erie, Pennsylvania, but she would love to be a high society dame.  Her boyfriend Al Manning (Wallace Ford) is a fellow factory worker and is content to stay that way. But Marian knows her only real chance read more

Twentieth Century (1934)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 11, 2013

Theater producer Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore) is one of the most renowned producers in the business.  His name being attached to a show is essentially a guarantee that the show will be of the highest quality.  So when he casts lingerie model Mildred Plotka (Carole Lombard) as the lead in his new sho read more

Mandalay (1934)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 10, 2013

When gunrunner Tony Evans (Ricardo Corez) leaves his girlfriend Tanya (Kay Francis) behind for a job, he leaves her in the care of his boss Nick (Warner Oland).  Nick wants her to work at his nightclub and, feeling betrayed, Tanya initially refuses to do have anything to do with Nick and his club.  read more

The Animal Kingdom (1932) (2)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 9, 2013

Tom Collier (Leslie Howard) is a publisher who has lived out of wedlock with his good friend Daisy (Ann Harding) for quite some time. But while she is away on business, Tom decides to marry Cecilia (Myrna Loy).  When Daisy returns, he swears to Cecilia that any romantic feelings that he and Daisy m read more

The Miracle Woman (1931) (2)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 8, 2013

Florence Fallon’s (Barbara Stanwyck) father dedicated his life to being a minister.  After spending twenty years giving his all to his congregation, he is forced out by his church and it’s too much for him to bear.  He dies the morning he was to give his final sermon, leaving Florence read more

Loose Ankles (1930) (2)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 7, 2013

When Ann Harper’s (Loretta Young) grandmother passes away, the family gathers for the reading of the will.  Ann’s grandmother was a very wealthy woman, so Ann’s family members are all eager to find out what she’s left to them.  Much to everyone’s surprise, most of the read more