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]

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]

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:





Frech und Verliebt (1945/1948)

A solid romantic comedy from Germany (produced in 1944), whose release was delayed by the approaching end of the war. There are some very strong comedic performances in the major supporting roles, which are stronger than the film as a whole. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Thin Man (1934)

The Thin Man is one of the most famous combinations of crime story and comedy. Starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as the ultimate detective couple, this highly successful film would be followed by five sequels. +++ +++
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My Man Godfrey (1936)

One of the more famous comedies of the 1930s, My Man Godfrey stars William Powell in the title role. Dealing with the Great Depression and a huge social divide, this comedy is unable to shake a certain unevenness in its tone. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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