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Bird of Paradise (1932)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 28, 2012

While sailing on a yacht in the South Seas, Johnny Baker (Joel McCrea) and his friends meet a bunch of natives while sailing close to their island.  But when Johnny sees a shark swimming nearby, he tries to catch it, and is pulled overboard.  Luckily for him, a beautiful native girl named Luana (Dol read more

Liz & Dick (2012) (2)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 28, 2012

Liz & Dick opens with the title appearing over this picture, the movie’s one and only decent publicity photo. It’s all downhill from there. If you’re pressed for time, I can sum up my thoughts on Liz & Dick in five seconds: Now, on to my real review. I don’t think read more

All About Eve, Limerick Style

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 27, 2012

Just a quick entry for True Classics’ third anniversary classic film limerick contest. There once was a woman named Eve. Stardom is what she hoped to achieve. She plotted and schemed, Margo sure was steamed. The Siddons Award she would receive. read more

The Public Enemy (1931) (1)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 27, 2012

Even from a young age, it was pretty clear that Tom Powers (James Cagney) and Matt Doyle (Edward Woods) weren’t on the road to becoming fine, upstanding citizens.  They got their start working for gangster Putty Nose (Murray Kinnell) as children, and when they grew up a bit, he put them to wo read more

Sadie Thompson (1928)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 26, 2012

When prostitute Sadie Thompson (Gloria Swanson) arrives on the island of Tutuila, she expects to only be making a brief stopover before going on to Apia.  But then her boat needs to be quarantined for ten days and she waits the time out by staying in a hotel along with religious zealot Alfred David read more

What’s on TCM: December 2012

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 26, 2012

It’s hard to believe we’re already down to the final month of 2012, but leave it to TCM to end the year on a high note!  There is so much going on that I’m excited for.  First and foremost, we get Barbara Stanwyck as Star of the Month!  Every Wednesday night in December will kick read more

The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 25, 2012

For all her life, Molly Louvain (Ann Dvorak) has been treated like a second class citizen.  Her mother abandoned her when she was a baby and everyone in town assumes she’s nothing but a good-for-nothing tramp just like her mother was.  But Molly is determined to rise above it all and at last, read more

The Mayor of Hell (1933) (1)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 24, 2012

When Patsy Gargan (James Cagney) first arrives as a deputy commissioner of the state’s reform school, he has no idea of what he’s in for.  He doesn’t even take the job very seriously at first, he only got the job as a favor and only cares about the money.  But when he sees the appa read more

Ladies They Talk About (1933)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 23, 2012

Nan Taylor (Barbara Stanwyck) is arrested after helping some friends rob a bank, but before her trial, she meets with David Slade (Preston Foster), a former classmate.  David is now a well-known preacher and very vocal about wanting harsher punishments for criminals.  When he sees Nan again, she tel read more

Platinum Blonde (1931)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 22, 2012

When a showgirl sues Michael Schuyler (Donald Dillaway), part of a very prominent social family, for breach of promise, reporter Stew Smith (Robert Williams) is sent to cover the story.  The Schuyler family desperately wants to keep the scandal out of the papers, so they try bribing the reporters to read more

Bed of Roses (1933)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 21, 2012

After getting out of jail, prostitute Lorry Evans (Constance Bennett) and her pal Minnie (Pert Kelton) hop on board a steamship headed to New Orleans.  They could take this moment to get their lives on the straight and narrow, but they have no intentions of doing that.  When they realize they don read more

Laughing Sinners (1931)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 20, 2012

For two years, nightclub dancer Ivy Stevens (Joan Crawford) has been carrying on an affair with traveling salesman Howdy Palmer (Neil Hamilton).  Howdy means the absolute world to Ivy, but what she doesn’t know is that he’s about to leave her to marry another woman.  He knows how heartb read more

Dishonored (1931)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 19, 2012

After the death of her husband, Amy Kolverer (Marlene Dietrich) turns to walking the streets to support herself.  One night, she encounters a man who gives her the chance to become a spy on behalf of Vienna. The government is looking to get some information on Colonel von Hindau (Warner Oland), who read more

A Free Soul (1931) (2)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 18, 2012

Jan Ashe (Norma Shearer) and her father Stephen(Lionel Barrymore) have a very close relationship.  Even though a lot of their family judges Stephen for his alcoholism, Jan stands by him every step of the way. When she and Stephen are invited to a family dinner, Jan’s grandmother asks her to ke read more

Thirteen Women (1932) (2)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 17, 2012

When a group of sorority sisters all write to the renowned Swami Yogadachi (C. Henry Gordon) for their horoscopes, nothing good comes of it. First June Raskob (Mary Duncan) gets a letter from him saying that her sister May (Harriet Hagman) will die because of something she does.  June and May are tr read more

Lady With a Past (1932)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 16, 2012

Venice Muir (Constance Bennett) is rich, beautiful, stylish, and very intelligent, so you’d think she’s the kind of woman guys line up to meet, right? Nope. Venice wishes she were more appealing to men, but she’s just too dull to get their attention.  She’s knows darn well th read more

Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 15, 2012

Born out of wedlock to a mother who died in childbirth, Helga (Greta Garbo) is left to be raised by her strict uncle Karl (Jean Hersholt). When Karl tries to force Helga into marrying Jeb Mondstrom (Alan Hale), she runs away in the middle of a thunderstorm.  She makes her way to a house where archi read more

She Had to Say Yes (1933)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 14, 2012

In the midst of the Great Depression, companies are doing whatever they have to to keep any business they can get and things are no different for Sol Glass’ (Ferdinand Gottschalk) clothing company.  When buyers come in from out of town, he had been arranging for call girls to take them out on read more

Raffles (1930)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 13, 2012

The Amateur Cracksman is a pro at breaking into safes and making off with jewelery, but he always manages to stay out of reach of Scotland Yard. The real identity of the Amateur Cracksman is none other than A.J. Raffles (Ronald Colman).  Raffles has recently fallen in love with Gwen (Kay Francis) a read more

Bachelor Apartment (1931)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 12, 2012

Wayne Carter (Lowell Sherman) is easily one of the most eligible bachelors in Manhattan. So many women visit his apartment that he has an entire drawer for all the things his various companions leave behind. Carter’s loyal butler Rollins (Charles Coleman) thinks he ought to settle down, but h read more