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reviewed Island of Lost Souls (1932). November 10, 2011
Dr. Moreau: What is the law?   Sayer of the Law: Not to eat meat, that is the law. Are we not men?   Beasts: Are we not men?       Dr. Moreau: What is the …
reviewed The Cary Grant Box Set. August 23, 2010
The Cary Grant Box Set
Count me a lifelong fan of Cary Grant.  I have have always enjoyed his work be it in the screwball comedies of the 1930's and 1940's or his impressive dramatic roles in films like the Hitchcock …
posted a Quick Tip about Gunga Din. August 12, 2010
Gunga Din
An early Grant film with an exceptional cast. I always love the French foriegn legion film genre.
posted a Quick Tip about Bringing Up Baby. August 12, 2010
Bringing Up Baby
This movie is a hoot!!! Both Grant and Hepburn have great comic timing. Neither are bad on the eyes either!
posted a Quick Tip about Bing Crosby. July 25, 2010
Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby was simply an incomparable actor and entertainer.
reviewed "The Bottoms" Joe Lansdale. July 25, 2010
The story is told as a man is nearing the end of his life and is reminiscing about the most momentous event of his childhood.      In East Texas, during the depression, twelve-year-old …
reviewed Young and Innocent (movie). January 01, 2010
Young and Innocent
The more time I spend watching Alfred Hitchcock's British films from the 1930's the more I like them.  The latest film I have sampled is 1937's "Young and Innocent".   …
reviewed The 39 Steps (movie). December 25, 2009
The 39 Steps
Recently I read the review by cpw1952 of Scottish author John Buchan's 1915 adventure novel "The Thirty Nine Steps" here on Lunch.  This of course was the book that director Alfred …
reviewed You Can't Take It with You. December 01, 2009
You Can't Take It with You
It simply never ceases to amaze me just how many fabulous motion pictures were made in the 1930's and 1940's.  Recall that movie historians and film buffs often look back on the year 1939 …
reviewed Amelia (2009 movie). October 27, 2009
Amelia
Hilary Swank sure knows how to pick her roles.  From Million Dollar Baby and now with Amelia, she just keeps going.  There is no doubt that this film will be nominated for an Academy Award …
reviewed Amelia (2009 movie). October 23, 2009
Amelia
The last thing I expected to be doing on a rare weekday off was to be going to a movie.  But when I opened my newspaper this morning I actually spotted a film that I was interested …
reviewed The American 1930s: A Literary History. August 23, 2009
The American 1930s: A Literary History
The 1930s were an era of profound political and social change in the United States, so it only makes sense that the artists of the time would both reflect and refine that change in their work. More than …
reviewed That's Entertainment!. August 10, 2009
That's Entertainment!
The roster of performers who appear in M-G-M's spectacular 1974 retrospective "That's Entertainment" reads like a "who's who" of the motion picture business up to …
reviewed Appointment In Samarra: A Novel. June 21, 2009
Appointment In Samarra
What a breath of fresh air this story must have been in 1930. At first O'Hara walks a precarious line with other prohibition ‘Mobster' clichés—"now you see here, see…", but this flirtation with mobster …
reviewed Bringing Up Baby. May 10, 2009
Bringing Up Baby
I absolutely adore this film.  Katharine Hepburn, one of the greatest dramatic actresses of all time, is simply charming in this screwball comedy.  Cary Grant, who was sadly underrated throughout …
reviewed Navy men,. September 12, 2008
Navy men,
James B. Connolly was an interesting figure. The first Olympic champion of the modern era (he won a silver medal, then the first-place award, in triple jump at the 1896 games), he was by his own telling …
Dream Lucky: When FDR was in the White House,
It took a little while for me to get used to the tone of this book -- the author's voice, and her approach to history and storytelling. Once I figured out, however, to think of it as the print equivalent …
reviewed Ronald Cartland,. January 03, 2008
Ronald Cartland,
Today is I think a good day to remember Ronald Cartland, since it is the hundred-and-first anniversary of his birth in 1907. Although I had run across his name in my Churchill-related reading as one of …
reviewed Sixteen Hundred Men: A Personal Remem.... November 14, 2006
Sixteen Hundred Men: A Personal Remembrance,
I was one of thousands of students who passed through Iolani School in Honolulu during Robert Sleight's years as a history teacher there, and though we all knew him as the crusty "Captain Sleight" who …
The gates of hell: An historical novel of the
In "The Timeless Christian," his 1969 book about contemporary issues in the Catholic Church, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn wrote about the "romantic protest against a middle-class Church" and the passionate …
reviewed Conundrums for the Long Week-End : En.... October 05, 2005
Conundrums for the Long Week-End : England,
More than most popular mystery sleuths, Lord Peter Wimsey was a man (and a character) who belonged to a specific era. When the hopeful optimism and sense of promise of the 1920s and early 30s were overshadowed …
reviewed Night over the East. September 13, 2005
Night over the East
If you take the time to track down, purchase, and read this book, then you're probably, as I am, a fairly dedicated student of the author, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn. This novel, published in German in …
reviewed Angel Pavement (Phoenix Fiction). July 16, 2003
Angel Pavement (Phoenix Fiction)
Priestley was a major figure in the cultural life of twentieth-century Britain, as novelist, playwright, essayist, broadcaster and all-round man of ideas. His reputation seems to have dimmed somewhat …
reviewed Bringing Up Baby. September 09, 2000
Bringing Up Baby
Pros: Laughing is Doctor Recommended      Cons: You must be joking!      Paleontologist Dr. David Huxley is tremendously excited to be able to finish up a …
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