A Mexican Cheese-Fest

Sometimes a girl can’t catch a break. Look at poor Peggie Castle in the 1954 adventure flick, The White Orchid. Castle plays photographer Kathryn Williams, a can-do gal who flies to Mexico to take photos of Robert Burton’s (William Lundigan) one-man archaeological expedition. She arrives on location at an Aztec temple, in a smashing grey suit… Continue reading A Mexican Cheese-Fest


How a Racehorse Restored Shirley Temple’s Soul

It’s hard to believe that any character played by Shirley Temple would be in danger of losing her soul. But, in the 1934 comedy, Little Miss Marker, Temple’s sunny character slowly grows cynical and bitter. As a squeaky six year-old with a dark side, Temple is tremendous fun to watch. The movie opens at a racetrack, where… Continue reading How a Racehorse Restored Shirley Temple’s Soul

Comedy · Drama

Charlie Chaplin: Parenting 101

You knew this day would come. You knew, deep down, that one day we would try to sell you on a silent film. The movie we’re thinking of is The Kid, the 1921 comedy-drama that helped make Charlie Chaplin a superstar. Yes, this is a silent film, an old silent film, without talking or explosions or colour.… Continue reading Charlie Chaplin: Parenting 101

Drama · Mystery

Questions about (another) Trial of the Century

Gentle Reader, we have done you a disservice. We screened the 1937 drama They Won’t Forget but, oddly, we have formed no insightful opinions. We have nothing but questions. First: Why are the opening credits so creepy? Look: Don’t stare at it for too long. It’ll make you go cross-eyed. Next: What happened in this movie? Here’s… Continue reading Questions about (another) Trial of the Century


Hitchcock’s Dark, Twisted London

*Spoiler alert! Who isn’t a sucker for a world that never existed? For instance, look at the London in the opening scenes of Sabotage (1936), a tense thriller from Alfred Hitchcock‘s pre-Hollywood period. This London so well-behaved that a bobby reprimands a green grocer for dropping a piece of lettuce because someone could step on it… Continue reading Hitchcock’s Dark, Twisted London