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]

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]

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]

The Animal Kingdom (1932)

A romantic drama with very few comedic elements, The Animal Kingdom features a male protagonist who needs to figure out what he wants to do with his life. There is a nice role for a third-billed Myrna Loy in this film. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Dreizehn Stühle (1938)

Dreizehn Stühle is a black&white Austrian comedy based on the Soviet novel The Twelve Chairs. It stars two of the era’s biggest box-office magnets in German-speaking countries: Heinz Rühmann and Hans Moser. +++ +++ [click title to read review]


I contributed this review to the “Made in 1938” blogathon:





False Pretenses (1935)

An entertaining “romantic” comedy which is rather cynical when it comes to romance and matrimony. This little poverty row B-picture benefits from very good acting performances and some witty dialogue. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Money Means Nothing (1934)

Produced by a “poverty row” studio, Money Means Nothing is a half-baked B-movie which wastes a solid premise, interesting characters, and a really good cast. There is objectively no reason why anyone should see this. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Another Thin Man (1939)

The third entry into the Thin Man franchise sees Nick and Nora (William Powell and Myrna Loy) return to New York. This film is as entertaining as the second one and a worthy addition to the franchise. +++ +++
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