Thursday, August 24, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Merrily We Live

This is a delightful romantic comedy I was lucky enough to come across awhile ago. Filled with witty banter, wisecracking one-liners, and delightful teasing, this is sure to be a family favorite.

Merrily We Live
The wealthy Kilbourne family is tired of Mrs. Kilbourne, their screwy wife and mother (Billie Burke) hiring tramps and drifters as servants, especially after the new chauffeur runs off with the family's silver, Mrs. Kilbourne agrees to never hire another drifter for help. But when a rough-looking man named Rawlins (Brian Aherne) arrives at her doorstep, she cannot help but hire him as the new chauffeur. As Rawlins catches the eye of their oldest daughter, Jerry (Constance Bennett), the Kilbourne's realize that he may not be the vagrant they thought he was.

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 corporate 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.