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The Draculas in the Middle

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” Hammer Films’ Dracula series initially were linked like the chapters of a book. Thus the second chapter of the series, “Dracula–Prince of Darkness,” literally begins with a re-cap of the closing moments of their initial film “Dracula” … Continue reading

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A Short-Order Cook, a Tomato and a Shack

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” “Shack Out on 101”–the very title has a delightfully pulpy feel to it, like “The Wicked Go to Hell” or “Kiss the Blood Off My Hands”–how could it not be a cult favorite? But this is one … Continue reading

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Making Peace with “Dracula”

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” One of the nice things about the Turner Classic Movies channel is its element of serendipity. I wasn’t really thinking about watching Tod Browning’s 1931 film “Dracula” when I tuned in, but there it was. Now “Dracula” … Continue reading

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Primitive Grandeur

One of the things that has always impressed me about early sound films is the raw-boned quality of their visuals married to their straightforward narrative style. I recently had the opportunity to watch “Little Caesar” and “Frankenstein” in fairly close … Continue reading

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Kenny’s Hometown

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.”   Leonide Moguy’s “Whistle Stop” (1945) offers the most acerbic portrait of small town life in the 1940s this side of “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.” Perhaps because the Russian-born Moguy worked mostly in Europe he didn’t subscribe to¬†our … Continue reading

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Gangsters, a la M.G.M.

If you compare a pair of M.G.M. gangster movies, George Hill’s “The Secret Six” (1932) and Charles Brabin’s “The Beast of the City” (also 1932) to their Warner Brothers counterparts, “Little Caesar” and “The Public Enemy,” interesting divergences occur. Both … Continue reading

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Whale Lite

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers” The title “Sinners in Paradise” sounded intriguing. Even though the film belongs to the downside of director James Whale’s career at Universal–now the Laemmle-less New Universal–the cast and the concept made it sound intriguing. “Sinners in Paradise” … Continue reading

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