Die Verschwundene Miniatur (1955)

Based on an Erich Kästner novel, Die Verschwundene Miniatur is an entertaining and harmless heist film that is short on suspense and more focused on a general feel-good message. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Topper Returns (1941)

Cosmo Topper is back, and so is his uncanny propensity to attract ghosts. This third and final film gets away from the original books and takes the franchise genre-wise in an entirely new direction: a haunted house murder-mystery case. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Riding on Air (1937)

This is one of the comedies Joe E. Brown did for David L. Loew after leaving Warner Brothers. It is not a good film, but Brown's talents shine through on occasion. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Spione im Savoy Hotel (1932)

Famous German radio presenter Alfred Braun (played by himself) turns detective when an important document is stolen. Featuring the Comedian Harmonists as well as a trio of Italian clowns, this film is an odd concoction made of many elements, none of which really work. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Sergeant (1958)

The first film in what would turn out to become a long-running franchise, Carry On Sergeant is a rather mild-mannered comedy that passes you by like a warm autumn breeze. Nothing here stands out, and there is no sting in the writing. But it tells a good-natured tale, and is fairly entertaining. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Nothing Sacred (1937)

An interesting yet somewhat flawed A-list comedy that resulted in a 400.000 dollar box-office loss. A satire about the press, its readers, and the public in general, Nothing Sacred is never able to reconcile its cynical tone and unlikeable characters with the romantic comedy genre it has chosen. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Spying (1964)

This black & white spy film spoof is a nice, entertaining comedy. The great performances and convincing visuals go a long way to sell the film’s thin-ish plot. Considering the franchise's mixed reputation Carry On Spying is not a bad film at all. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Topper Takes a Trip (1938)

Cosmo Topper is still haunted by his ghostly experiences from Topper (1937). And since his marriage is breaking down as a consequence of those previous events, Marion Kerby’s ghost reappears in order to put things right again. But of course, as happened with her well-meaning “help” in the first film, she mostly creates more chaos. This film is shorter as the first film, and seems better paced and better written. So, in spite of Cary Grant’s absence, this sequel is more enjoyable than the previous film. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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