Marie Prevost Project: Party Girl (1930)

“Party Girl” is a 1930 social drama slash exploitation flick that was written, directed, and produced by Victor Halperin. It’s available on about a million public domain disks, even in the UK where it was banned until 2003. The film was notable as being the movie that spent the longest time between banned status and…

Happy 120th Birthday, El!

A mini El Brendel gallery to celebrate what would have been the Elster’s 120th birthday. El and a group of lovely ladies from “Phoney Cronies” (1942). Harry Langdon, Rebel Randall, and El in “Snooper Service” (1945). El and Fifi, the cutest couple ever, from “Mr. Lemon of Orange” (1931). I am not 100% sure, but…

Recently Watched: I Loved a Woman (1933) and Living on Velvet (1935)

Kay Francis made a lot of movies that should have been mediocre, but Kay’s presence and her influence at the studio meant she often had great costars and a decent director at her disposal, elevating what was supposed to be a woman’s weepy into a classic film. Unfortunately, neither of the two Kay movies I…

Random Encounters While Seeking Enlightenment

Before I blah blah about randomness, I want to mention that anyone who wants to send a note to Ivan of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear while he chases nurses a la Harpo Marx recuperates in hospital can find ways to do so here. A few months ago I posted about “Night Parade” (1929) and mentioned…

Get Well Soon, Ivan (of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear fame)

After several days of escalating worry about Ivan Shreve of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear (I’m a worrier; it’s my super power) I finally discovered today via Edward Copeland that Ivan is ill and in the hospital. Ivan’s blog and SBBN share several readers, and I thought you’d want to know. Ivan, if you’re reading this…