Monthly Archives: May 1942

Edgar Kennedy, Harry Shannon, and John Wayne in "In Old California"

Review: William McGann’s “In Old California,” Starring John Wayne

All that makes this new Western from Republic stand out is the presence of John Wayne—the rest of the film is as perfunctory as they come.
Jean Gabin and Ida Lupino in "Moontide"

Review: Archie Mayo’s “Moontide,” Starring Jean Gabin and Ida Lupino

Fox’s new, French-imported leading man is Jean Gabin, but if “Moontide” is any indication, he’s not heading for stardom in America anytime soon.
Joan Leslie and James Cagney in "Yankee Doodle Dandy"

Review: Michael Curtiz’s “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” Starring James Cagney

Warner Brothers brings us George M. Cohan’s life story, with James Cagney as the famed theatrical entertainer.
Rosalind Russell and Fred MacMurray in “Take a Letter, Darling”

Review: Mitchell Leisen’s “Take a Letter, Darling,” Starring Rosalind Russell and Fred MacMurray

“Take a Letter, Darling” is a nice return to form for director Mitchell Leisen, but still lacks the qualities present in his best films.
Tom Conway, Van Heflin, and Cecilia Parker in "Grand Central Murder"

Review: S. Sylvan Simon’s “Grand Central Murder,” Starring Van Heflin

MGM has cast Van Heflin in another crime thriller, this time as a private eye trying to solve a murder in Grand Central Station.
Bonita Granville and Jackie Cooper in "Syncopation"

Review: William Dieterle’s “Syncopation,” Starring Jackie Cooper

William Dieterle breathes life into a dull jazz story with energetic montages and music sequences in “Syncopation.”
Spencer Tracy and Hedy Lamarr in "Tortilla Flat"

Review: Victor Fleming’s “Tortilla Flat,” Starring Spencer Tracy

With its flimsy story and flat, obnoxious characters, “Tortilla Flat” showcases director Victor Fleming and star Spencer Tracy at their worst.
Olivia de Havilland and Bette Davis in "In This Our Life"

Review: John Huston’s “In This Our Life,” Starring Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland

John Huston’s second film is a far cry from his smashing detective story “The Maltese Falcon”: this new picture is a woefully overacted melodrama.
Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, and Laird Cregar in "This Gun For Hire"

Review: Frank Tuttle’s “This Gun For Hire,” Starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake

Paramount has a new star with Alan Ladd, and one of the best pictures of the year with “This Gun For Hire.”
A scene from "Native Land"

Review: Leo Hurwitz and Paul Strand’s “Native Land,” Narrated by Paul Robeson

The new documentary from Frontier Films retells the struggles of midthirties unions.

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