Reviews

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.
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.

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