Dinner at Eight (1933)

Dinner at Eight is an outstanding film that finds the balance between drama and comedy in a way you rarely see. And the amazing cast contribute their fair share to this masterpiece. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Admirable Crichton (1957)

This renowned British comedy does not quite know what it want to be: a topsy-turvy satire of the class system or a Romantic Comedy. It suffers in the process, as it loses the wit of the first act early on and runs out of steam in the overly long second act. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Geisterkomödie – eine unwahrscheinliche Komödie (1965)

This is an Austrian TV-retake of Blithe Spirit, and while it offers at least three very good performances it offers nothing new. From today’s point of view, where Coward’s own 1945 cinema version is readily available for home viewing, these types of TV-retakes and -remakes that were very common in the 1950s and 1960s feel particularly superfluous. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

La bourse et la vie (1966)

This French-German-Italian co-production is a comedy of errors with little story and miniscule character development (which feels forced and unearned). A lot of jokes are lined up along the wild-goose chase at the centre of the film, but many of them are not funny. You can safely give this one a pass, unless you are keen on seeing every film with Fernandel and/or Rühmann. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Blithe Spirit (1945)

David Lean's well-known adaptation of Noël Coward's hit play Blithe Spirit is a very nice, entertaining watch that benefits from its great cast and brilliant lines of dialogue, all of which more than compensates the viewer for the somewhat vague story. +++ +++ [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]

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]

The Dock Brief (1962)

This comedydrama, known in the US under the title Trial and Error, is a very unusual satire, told in a quaint way. You can always clearly see that this film is based on a play. Being for the most part a two-men-play, The Dock Brief's biggest asset is its lead-combo of Richard Attenborough and Peter Sellers. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Chiltern Hundreds (1949)

The Chiltern Hundreds is a highly amusing British comedy with lots of charm. David Tomlinson plays a mild-mannered young man who gets dragged into post-war party politics against his will. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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