Monthly Archives: April 1942

Victor Mature and Rita Hayworth in "My Gal Sal"

Review: Irving Cummings’s “My Gal Sal,” Starring Victor Mature and Rita Hayworth

Irving Cummings serves up another Technicolor musical for Fox, with Victor Mature and Rita Hayworth in “My Gal Sal.”
Melvyn Douglas and Norma Shearer in "We Were Dancing"

Review: Robert Z. Leonard’s “We Were Dancing,” Starring Norma Shearer and Melvyn Douglas

MGM’s new Noël Coward adaptation lacks the wit of the playwright’s works, but at least has the charming pairing of Norma Shearer and Melvyn Douglas.
Joel McCrea and Barbara Stanwyck in "The Great Man's Lady"

Review: William A. Wellman’s “The Great Man’s Lady,” Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea

The long-delayed William A. Wellman film “The Great Man’s Lady” starring Barbara Stanwyck is finally hitting theaters today.
Casting "Saboteur"

Video Essay: Alfred Hitchcock—Casting “Saboteur”

In this video, Alfred Hitchcock discusses the process of casting “Saboteur,” and his ultimate disappointments with the results.
Richard Carlson and Nancy Kelly in "Fly-By-Night"

Review: Robert Siodmak’s “Fly-By-Night,” Starring Richard Carlson and Nancy Kelly

The Robert Siodmak thriller “Fly-By-Night” shares many plot points with “The 39 Steps,” but has a comedy flavor all its own.
Robert Cummings and Priscilla Lane in "Saboteur"

Review: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Saboteur,” Starring Robert Cummings and Priscilla Lane

Through the lens of his “The 39 Steps,” Alfred Hitchcock takes on America in “Saboteur,” his first film at Universal.
Charlie Chaplin in "The Gold Rush"

Podcast Episode 3: Why Did Charlie Chaplin Reedit “The Gold Rush”? (with Jeffrey Vance)

On our third podcast episode, we’re talking about Charlie Chaplin’s reissue of “The Gold Rush.”
Charlie Chaplin on the set of "The Gold Rush" in 1925

Chaplin Reissues “The Gold Rush” With New Narration and Ending

Today, Charlie Chaplin’s classic 1925 silent film “The Gold Rush” is back in theaters, but this time it comes updated with a soundtrack that includes narration and sound effects.
Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, and Ronald Reagan in "Kings Row"

Review: Sam Wood’s “Kings Row,” Starring Ann Sheridan and Robert Cummings

The Warner Brothers adaptation of Henry Bellamann’s bestselling novel is mostly botched by Casey Robinson’s watered-down screenplay and Robert Cummings’ dreadful performance.
Van Heflin and Marsha Hunt in "Kid Glove Killer"

Review: Fred Zinnemann’s “Kid Glove Killer,” Starring Van Heflin

MGM ups Van Heflin to leading-man status for the solid B thriller “Kid Glove Killer,” director Fred Zinnemann’s debut feature.

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