Monthly Archives: May 1942

Bela Lugosi in "The Corpse Vanishes"

Review: Wallace Fox’s “The Corpse Vanishes,” Starring Bela Lugosi

Bela Lugosi, barely even in this cheap thriller from Monogram, is not remotely compelling enough to make up for its ludicrous story.
Randolph Scott, Marlene Dietrich, and John Wayne in "The Spoilers"

Review: Ray Enright’s “The Spoilers,” Starring Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne

A wildly entertaining fourth adaptation of Rex Beach’s novel “The Spoilers” delivers plenty of action, and a great ensemble cast.
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in "Rio Rita"

Review: S. Sylvan Simon’s “Rio Rita,” Starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello shift from Universal to MGM with the unbearable “Rio Rita,” their first film at the studio.
Edward G. Robinson and Jane Wyman in "Larceny, Inc."

Review: Lloyd Bacon’s “Larceny, Inc.,” Starring Edward G. Robinson

Edward G. Robinson mocks his tough guy image in the new gangster satire from Lloyd Bacon and Warner Brothers.
Charles Laughton and Jon Hall in “The Tuttles of Tahiti”

Review: Charles Vidor’s “The Tuttles of Tahiti,” Starring Charles Laughton

Based on a 1939 serial from The Saturday Evening Post, Charles Vidor’s The Tuttles of Tahiti is an thoroughly uninspired comedy made all the...