London After Midnight (1927) (lost)

Update: All links going to the Horror Drunx forum posts are broken. Horror Drunx, for reasons that are painfully obvious, took down their thread about Sid Terror “finding” the movie “London After Midnight”. I have a bunch of screencaps of the thread from before it was deleted at the bottom of my followup post here, so if you want to see where I got all the quotes I use in this post, that’s the place to go. Update July, 2014: I’m still getting quite a few clicks on this post so one final note: the photos originally on this post disappeared years ago and I don’t feel like going back to 2008 in my photo albums and trying to restore the pictures, so please to enjoy this wall of text. Check archive.org for archived versions of this post with pics if you’re curious. This also works if you’re looking for links that are now broken: right click the link, copy link location, then go to archive.org and plug that link in. Hopefully an old, cached version will be available. – This is not a post about the movie “London After Midnight,” but rather about the recent claim that the film exists and Turner and/or Warner Bros. has simply misplaced it. For those not interested in this kind of thing, you may wish to skip this entry, or just browse the few pictures I have attached to the post. Recently a gentleman by the name of Sid Terror posted on the … Continue reading

Hollywood Hotel (1937)

Once again, I remind everyone that my entries contain spoilers! TCM will be airing “Hollywood Hotel” on July 2nd at 8:00 PM Eastern, and the film is also included in a new Busby Berkeley box set due out September 19th. Don’t read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled! “Hollywood Hotel” is a Busby Berkeley comedy musical that, oddly enough, doesn’t contain a single Berkeley-standard geometric dance extravaganza. There’s lots of singing but very little dancing, and the film is uneven in spots, but when it’s good, boy is it good! The opening strains of “Hooray for Hollywood” greet us as we see a series of signs warning the big stars of the screen to watch out, because Ronnie Bowers is coming to town. Ronnie (Dick Powell) is a sax player for a St. Louis band headed by Benny Goodman, and he’s off to Hollywood with a 10-week contract to the All-Star Studio. Benny and band drive to the St. Louis airport in jeeps, standing and playing all the way to cheer their friend on. “Hooray for Hollywood” starts up in earnest as Johnnie ‘Scat’ Davis sings the now-classic tune, accompanied by Frances Langford. Ronnie flies to Hollywood as “California Here I Come” plays brightly during a montage of the town that includes the Brown Derby, the Cocoanut Grove, and other famous locales. Thankfully they didn’t use really old stock footage like many 1930s films did, or if they did it wasn’t very noticeable. Nothing throws my suspension … Continue reading