One, Two, Three (1961)

Lilo Pulver is celebrating her 92nd birthday today, and that is a nicely timed opportunity to post my review of Billy Wilder’s legendary comedy One, Two, Three, which I had re-watched recently. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

DM-Killer (1965)

A flawed social satire, DM-Killer aims too high and misses in more than one respect. Starring Curd Jürgens and Daliah Lavi, this German film about three ex-convicts trying to get rich the honest way is interesting more in the study of its flaws than its plot or attempted message. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Casino Royale (1967)

Casino Royale is a comedy spoofing the character and world of James Bond as seen in the first four Bond films, especially the franchise’s obsession with nubile young women. The film consists of a number of “episodes” split up between five-and-a-half directors; and one of the lead actors was fired half-way through the film. Still, while the plot is nonsensical and incoherent, there are some enjoyable elements to be found here; but they are few and far between. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Cruising (1962)

The first-ever Carry On film in colour, Carry On Cruising benefits from a nice soundstage set and an interesting, mildly lavish wardrobe. The characters are enjoyable, and the story flows nicely enough, but while this is a decent film there is nothing that stands out in particular. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Whistling in the Dark (1941)

A writer and actor of radio detective dramas gets into trouble when real-life crooks try to employ his creative mind for their own nefarious purposes. This is the first of Red Skelton’s three “Whistling in …” films. It is for the most part rather nicely paced and entertaining enough, even though Skelton’s antics seem not entirely the right choice for the character and genre. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Regardless (1961)

In this fifth instalment in the Carry On franchise, the premise of having the characters work in a temp agency doing all sorts of odd jobs gives writer Norman Hudis the excuse to explore any idea that occurs to him, with little thought having to be wasted on how this will hold together in the end. So this paper-thin premise provides the basis for a string of amusing scenes in which the characters – as usual in this franchise – are out of their collective depth. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Constable (1960)

The fourth film in the Carry On franchise is closer to Carry on Sergeant than the other two early films. Just as Erik Barker’s character in that first film had his work cut out trying to teach a bunch of National Service recruits a bit of halfway decent soldiering, Sidney James’s character in Carry On Constable has to try and police his district with only a handful of police academy volunteers. And all this with a gang of robbers on the run. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Glückskinder (1936)

This 1936 UFA comedy is trying to emulate Hollywood’s new, successful Screwball formula. It appears to be a high effort production and many things in this film work nicely, but the story is too convoluted and the construction of the plot seems far from perfect. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Teacher (1959)

The third entry into the Carry On franchise takes a slightly different approach than the first two, as the story that provides the narrative backbone to all the hijinks seems to carry a bit more weight. But while this is a very enjoyable film, it has its own problems. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Jonny Stiehlt Europa (1932)

This is an ambitious, but ultimately fairly average German comedy. This adventurous story is set in the world of horse-racing, with lots of bluffs, schemes, and chicanery, but overall the quality of the writing is limited. This film has probably never been made available with English audio or subtitles. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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