Monday, August 21, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- The Thin Man Series

I absolutely love these movies, they're so fun. A screwball murder mystery about a former private detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora, who investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it, and become a sophisticated, glamorous, wisecracking and urbane husband-wife detective team (William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles).

The Thin Man  (1934) 
The recently divorced Gilbert discovers that his new girlfriend has stolen $50,000 from him and is dallying with other men. Not long afterward, he disappears. Anxious to locate her father, Gilbert's daughter (Maureen O'Sullivan) goes to a retired private detective Nick Charles (William Powell) for help.
Recently returned home from vacation, retired private eye Nick Charles (William Powell) and his socialite wife, Nora (Myrna Loy), are back on the case when Nora's cousin, Selma (Elissa Landi), reports her husband Robert (Alan Marshal) missing. As the duo search for the disreputable Robert, Selma's friend David Graham (James Stewart), who secretly pines for her, aids the investigation. The case soon goes from missing person to murder.

Another Thin Man (1939)
Retired gumshoe Nick Charles (William Powell) and his wife, Nora (Myrna Loy), accept an invitation to visit family friend Col. Burr MacFay (C. Aubrey Smith) at his estate. Soon after arriving with their new son, Nick Jr., and their dog Asta in tow. When MacFay is murdered, Nick and Nora unravel the mystery.

It's murder at the race's!! Retired shamus Nick Charles (William Powell) and his glamorous wife, Nora (Myrna Loy), discover a jockey was murdered by the police, Nick refuses to get involved. Approached later by athletics commission head Maj. Jason Scully and a reporter Paul Clarke (Barry Nelson), Nick still declines to investigate. But when another reporter is murdered and Paul is arrested, Nick gives into Nora and sets out to solve the murders.
Famous retired detective Nick Charles (William Powell) takes his wife, Nora (Myrna Loy), and their dog, Asta, to visit his parents in their quiet, small town. Determined that Nick's father should respect his son's profession, Nora urges him to find a crime to investigate, unaware that Nick's presence has already frightened a spy, Edgar Draque (Leon Ames) into action. After Nora buys a painting for Nick's birthday and the artist is murdered, Nick discovers that the murder is connected to espionage.

Tommy Drake (Philip Reed), a musician aboard a gambling ship, is shot and killed while trying to break into a safe. Later, retired PI Nick (William Powell) and his wife Nora (Myrna Loy) receive a visit from a Mr. Brant, Drake's former boss and the main suspect in his murder. After they give him up to the authorities, they start digging around for clues. The couple question Brant's wife and one of Drake's colleagues until they start to piece together the intricate puzzle.

I hope you enjoy these screwball mysteries as much as I do, and with that I bid you adieu.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Good Girls Go to Paris

A delightful romantic screwball comedy, that will be sure have you in stitches or should I say butterflies.

college canteen waitress, Jenny Swanson (Joan Blondell) befriends a visiting professor, Ronald Brooke (Melvyn Douglas) and tells him of her plan to marry a rich man and move to Paris, Soon she finds herself engaged to a rich guy. But when things fall apart, Ronald suggests that she go home. But she makes a slight detour and ends up getting into even more trouble.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Mystery of the 13th Guest

This is one of my favorite 40's murder mysteries. Check it out, it's sure to have you guessing whodunit.

Marie Morgan (Helen Parrishgoes to an old house to open her grandfather's will when she turns 21. Someone starts killing off everyone that attended a banquet thirteen years before. And is placing them at the table in the same seats they had occupied originally.

Private Investigator Johnny Smith (Dick Purcell) is hired to find out who's doing it. He discovers that the killer is targeting the guests by where they sat, and therefore the murderer must have been one of the 13 guests.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- I'm Not Ashamed

This movie had a big impact on me. Mostly because of a friendship I was in, similar to that of Rachel and Celine.

I highly recommend it, though do recommend viewer and parental discretion for those under thirteen. 

I'm Not Ashamed 

Rachel Joy Scott grew up knowing God, and from the time she was little, Rachel had a sense of destiny. This is the story of the life of a normal teen grappling with young love and peer pressure, obedience and recklessness, faith and family. Rachel's story is one of fortitude and frailty, bravery, and fear.


Some kissing and making out.
Some sexual content is shown (NOT graphic) and implied several times.

Some traumatic elements.
A suicide attempt

The movie realistically depicts high school parties at homes with no parents present.
Students drink alcohol and smoke.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Michael Shayne Mysteries

I love a good mystery. Whether it's a screwball mystery like Arsenic and Old Lace or a more hard-boiled mystery like The Maltese Falcon, and Michael Shayne is one of my favorite private detectives, topped only by Richard Diamond (Dick Powell is my favorite Diamond and Lloyd Nolan my favorite Shayne).

Some background and fun facts:

In 1939, Michael Shayne was created and first published in paperbacks by Davis Dresser (writing under the pseudonym Brett Halliday) and quickly became a sensational hard-boiled private gumshoe, and 
appeared in 77 novels and 300 short stories enduring from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Shayne quickly made the leap to films with Lloyd Nolan playing Shayne in seven movies between 1940 and 1942 giving the character 
a more light-hearted touch. There was another film series made in 1946-47 starring Hugh Beaumont.

Shayne was also a popular 
Radio drama called Michael Shayne Private Detective and starred Wally Maher as the lead from 1944 and 1948. 

There was a second radio series The New Adventures of Michael Shayne, starring Jeff Chandler and was
 aired from the mid-1940s and for decades afterward's. In this series, Shayne was one of the most hard-boiled radio detective series aired during the golden age of radio and was set in the mysterious city of New Orleans. 

The third and final Michael Shayne radio series was The Adventures of Michael Shayne which aired from 1952-53 on ABC. It managed to have three different leads in its first fourteen weeks and was set in Miami.

Michael Shayne made his way to television in 1960, with former Mr. and Mrs. North star Richard Denning starring as 

But now onto the movies. These are the Nolan films, I'll do the rest later, but for now, I thought seven were enough.

Michael Shayne, Private Detective
A private detective (Lloyd Nolan) is hired to babysit a racing official's gambling daughter (Marjorie Weaver) and try to keep her out of trouble and he inadvertently gets involved in a murder.

Sleepers West
Mike Shayne encounters nothing but trouble when he travels by train from Denver to San Francisco by train while guarding a murder witness to go on the witness stand. Being dogged all the way by a reporter.

Dressed to Kill
Detective Michael Shayne wedding gets interrupted when a scream from a nearby hotel room draws him to a pair of theatrical murders. To solve the case, he has to use clues from 25 years ago. (P.S. this was the first Shayne mystery I ever saw.)

Time to Kill
Mike Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) is hired to retrieve a rare and valuable antique coin that was stolen. The private eye soon finds himself involved in fights, blackmail, hysterical women and uncovers three murder.

Blue, White and Perfect
Private eye Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) is Hawaii-bound as he tracks industrial diamonds stolen by spies and a smuggling ring.

The Man Who Wouldn't Die
The daughter of a millionaire (Marjorie Weaver) calls an old friend, private detective Mike Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) to help her investigate the strange things happening at her house, but since her father doesn't like detectives, she introduces him as her husband. 

Just Off Broadway
While serving as a juror on a murder case, private detective Mike Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) starts to suspect that the wrong person is on trial and starts his own investigation with the help of reporter Judy Taylor (Marjorie Weaver).

Thanks for reading. Stop by again for more reviews.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- My Sister Eileen

There are two versions of My Sister Eileen. The first is a comedy made in 1942 starring Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne and Janet Blair and a special appearance by the Three Stooges and the second made in 1955 is a musical comedy starring Betty Garrett and Janet Leigh.

I love both of these movies so much, but I think the 42 version is my favorite. We were watching it the other day and laughing about how similar My sister and I were to the Sherwood sisters. Cheyenne being Ruth and me being Eileen. In both personality and attitude.

My Sister Eileen (1942 film)      
My Sister Eileen (1955 film)

Two sisters -Ruth an aspiring writer, and Eileen a would-be actress- move from a small town in Ohio to New York City to pursue their careers. But nothing goes quite to plan, from an apartment over the being built subway to the strange characters that wander in through the doors with the broken locks.

This story is inspired by author and journalist Ruth McKenney and her short stories about growing up in Ohio and moving to New York. The stories were originally published in The New Yorker but in 1938 it was published in book form.

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