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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Topper (1937)

The well-regulated life of mild-mannered bank manager Cosmo Topper is turned upside down when couple of yuppie ghosts decide to bully him into living a little. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Colonel Effingham’s Raid (1946)

Colonel Effingham's Raid is a weird WW2-era film that tries to blend messages about the fight against fascism abroad with the problem of a lack of democratic accountability in local government in a fictional American town. And if you think this sounds like it would make for a rather odd mix, you are absolutely right. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Country Gentlemen (1936)

A minor outing for comedy duo Olsen & Johnson, produced by Republic Pictures. It is a con-men story featuring very few convincing cons, and even less convincing con-men. While at times charming and mildly entertaining, this is a film you can easily skip. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Nut Farm (1935)

This B-movie from poverty row studio Monogram Pictures has a thin plot, but it has nice performances and takes place in an interesting "sphere". The bulk of its plot deals with the pitfalls of Hollywood, the crooked accounting and other shady practices represented by a dodgy producer embodied marvellously by Bradley Page. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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