Captain Blood (1935)

dir. Michael Curtiz. Set during 17th century England, a physician unbelievably named Peter Blood (Errol Flynn) is sentenced to death for tending to the wounds of a soldier who was part of the Monmouth Rebellion. Blood is spared the noose by a “whim” of King James II, who decides to sell the “traitors” as slaves in the…… Continue reading Captain Blood (1935)

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

dir. Harold Young. “The seek him here, they seek him there…” During the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman sneaks across the Channel to rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine. Our hero, Sir Percy (Leslie Howard) must keep his true identity secret from all but his inner circle, which does…… Continue reading The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

Bombshell (1933)

dir. Victor Fleming. Jean Harlow is Lola Burns, glamorous movie star with a circle of related hangers-on and manipulative movie studio brats. Lola is pushed and pulled by these louts until she has finally had enough. An often very funny screwball comedy, mainly focusing on the relationship between Lola, and the fast-talking studio PR boss,…… Continue reading Bombshell (1933)

Shanghai Express (1932)

dir. Josef von Sternberg. Ensconced in a first-class cabin, Madeline (Marlene Dietrich) also known as Shanghai Lilly, bumps into a lost love, Captain Harvey (Clive Brook) on their way from Peking (Beijing) to Shanghai. Their reunion is interrupted by the ongoing Chinese civil war. This film looks terrific, the high contrast theatrical lighting giving a…… Continue reading Shanghai Express (1932)

Platinum Blonde (1931)

dir. Frank Capra. Stewart Smith (Robert Williams) is a reporter for a major newspaper, on assignment to get the scoop on some high society gossip. He ends up falling in love with the wealthy heiress (Jean Harlow), but their different social status and expectations takes its toll on their relationship. Tragically two of the lead…… Continue reading Platinum Blonde (1931)

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Der Hund von Baskerville) (1929)

dir. Richard Oswald. The last silent film based on a Sherlock Holmes story. Holmes and Watson are visited by doctor from the West Country of England who needs their help after his friend has died of apparent heart failure on the moors, but he believes to be a family curse of a demon hound. This…… Continue reading The Hound of the Baskervilles (Der Hund von Baskerville) (1929)

Spies (Spione) (1928)

dir. Fritz Lang. Set during 1920s Germany during the Weimar Republic. A secret network of spies (possibly Russian) infiltrates various government and diplomatic organisations, with the goal fomenting another world war! A handsome young secret agent working for the German secret police has a chance encounter with a beautiful enemy agent, and love blooms on…… Continue reading Spies (Spione) (1928)

The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog (1927)

dir. Alfred Hitchcock. In foggy 1920s London, a killer is roaming the streets, killing fair-haired women on Tuesday evenings. A handsome, nervous young man rents rooms from an elderly couple, and begins making eyes at their attractive young daughter, but he’s hiding a secret! Hitchcock’s third feature film, and in conversation with François Truffaut, he…… Continue reading The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog (1927)

For Heaven’s Sake (1926)

dir. Sam Taylor. Comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd, who plays dimwitted millionaire, J. Harrold Manners. Manners lives his life spending money with abandon, until one day he accidentally becomes the patron of a religious charity mission for the Downtown poor. Manners finds romance and a strange form of friendship with the Downtown gangsters and…… Continue reading For Heaven’s Sake (1926)