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]

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]

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]

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]

St. Benny the Dip (1951)

A feel-good melodrama with comedic elements, made by famed director Edgar G. Ulmer. A nice-enough film, but not necessarily your first pick if you are looking for a comedy. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Out-of-Towners (1970)

Considering this film stars Jack Lemmon and is highly-rated, I found The Out-of-Towners to be a disappointment. Nothing clicks here, at least not for me. +++ +++ [but you are free to click on the title to read my 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]

Mr & Mrs Smith (1941)

When I discovered Mr & Mrs Smith, I was surprised that is was not better known, given that it starred Carole Lombard and was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. After seeing the film, I am far less surprised, as this film – which has its fair share of funny lines and moments – largely fails as a comedy. +++ +++ [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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