Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965, Second Edition
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From the author of the bestselling annual Movie Guide comes this ultimate guide for fans of classic films both familiar and obscure. The Classic Movie Guide covers thousands of films, from the silent era to the 1960s, including The Birth of a Nation, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Grand Illusion, and The Maltese Falcon (all three versions: 1931, 1936, and 1941), Singin' in the Rain, and Godzilla, King of the Monsters! With entries spanning across the decades, this comprehensive guide has expanded star and director indexes, and capsule reviews of obscure and forgotten-the sort that turn up on Turner Classic Movies in the wee hours of the morning. This is the perfect companion for anyone who loves the thrill of discovering vintage movies on DVD or cable.
group of Londoners. Lugosi’s most famous role with his definitive interpretation of the Count, ditto Frye as looney Renfield and Van Sloan as unflappable Professor Van Helsing. Reissued on video with a new score by Philip Glass. Sequel: DRACULA’S DAUGHTER. Dracula (1931) 103m. D: George Melford. Carlos Villar (Villarias), Lupita Tovar, Pablo Alvarez Rubio, Barry Norton, Eduardo Arozamena, Carmen Guerrero, Manuel Arbo. Spanish-language adaptation of the horror classic was filmed simultaneously
Lanny Rees, Ruby Dandridge, Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers. Newspaper editor Rogers suspects foul play in the death of a rancher who’s left his property to 12-year-old Rees, much to the displeasure of his niece (Hughes) and foreman (Meeker). Tough murder story, given top production by Republic. Home in Wyomin’ (1942) 68m. D: William Morgan. Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Fay McKenzie, Olin Howland, Chick Chandler, Joe Strauch, Jr., Forrest Taylor, James Seay. Gene returns home to help an
the Zombies (1941) 67m. D: Jean Yarbrough. Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland, Henry Victor, John Archer. American aviators crash-land on Caribbean Island, where mad scientist Victor uses voodoo and hypnotism to uncover key military secrets. Stiff-necked zombies are incidental, but pop-eyed Moreland is a delight. King Rat (1965) 133m. D: Bryan Forbes. George Segal, Tom Courtenay, James Fox, Patrick O’Neal, Denholm Elliott, James Donald, John Mills, Alan Webb. James Clavell novel of WW2
My Lady of Whims (1925) 42m. � D: Dallas M. Fitzgerald. Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Carmelita Geraghty, Francis McDonald, Lee Moran, Betty Baker. Underweight comedy about a flapper debutante and the fellow her stern father hires to keep her out of mischief. Slim effort is too short, not sweet at all, and utterly devoid of wit. One of 14 pictures Bow made that year, and it shows. My Life to Live (1962-French) 85m. D: Jean-Luc Godard. Anna Karina, Saddy Rebbot, Andre S. Labarthe, Guylaine
suspecting his wife of having a lover. My Little Chickadee (1940) 83m. � D: Edward Cline. Mae West, W. C. Fields, Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran, Ruth Donnelly, Margaret Hamilton, Donald Meek. Team of West and Fields out West is good, but should have been funnier; W. C.’s saloon scenes are notable. The two stars also wrote screenplay. My Love Came Back (1940) 81m. � D: Curtis Bernhardt. Olivia de Havilland, Jeffrey Lynn, Eddie Albert, Jane Wyman, Charles Winninger, Spring Byington, Grant Mitchell.