The Pearl of Death (1944) August 9, 2013Posted by badblokebob in : Crime, adaptations, 4 stars, 1940s, Mystery, Sherlock Holmes, 2013 , add a comment
My coverage of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies inches ever on with this shiny new review.
The Lost Weekend (1945) May 27, 2013Posted by badblokebob in : Drama, Thriller, Film Noir: Classic, 5 stars, adaptations, 1940s, 2012 , add a comment
Directed by the inestimable Billy Wilder, winner of the Grand Prix at the first Cannes, winner of the Best Picture Oscar, and also Best Actor, Director, and Screenplay, it’s a wonder that The Lost Weekend isn’t better known…
That concludes my reviews from 2012.
Tom Conway as the Falcon, Part I February 28, 2013Posted by badblokebob in : Editorials, Thriller, Crime, 4 stars, 3 stars, 2 stars, 1940s, Mystery, 2012 , add a comment
Click through for reviews of The Falcon’s Brother, The Falcon Strikes Back, and The Falcon in Danger:
The Lady Eve (1941) February 7, 2013Posted by badblokebob in : Comedy, Romance, 4 stars, 1940s, 2012 , add a comment
A new series of shorter reviews (to help clear my backlog) begins with this ’40s screwball comedy…
George Sanders as the Falcon September 8, 2012Posted by badblokebob in : Editorials, Comedy, Thriller, Romance, Crime, adaptations, 3 stars, 1940s, Mystery, 2012 , add a comment
Fearing the cost of renewing the rights to their popular B-movie hero The Saint, RKO acquired a short detective story by Michael Arlen called Gay Falcon and set about bringing it to the screen.
Reviews of the first three here:
Make/Remake: The Spiral Staircases August 30, 2012Posted by badblokebob in : Film Noir: Classic, 2000s, adaptations, 1940s, Mystery, remakes, Specials, Make/Remake, 2012 , add a comment
The Spiral Staircase (2000)
The good version is on BBC Two tomorrow at 12:50pm. If you’re interested in how I think the 2000 remake compares, click through:
Hugh Sinclair as The Saint August 27, 2012Posted by badblokebob in : Editorials, Thriller, Crime, adaptations, 3 stars, 2 stars, 1940s, Adventure, British films, Mystery, 2012 , add a comment
In the ’30s and ’40s, RKO adapted Leslie Charteris’ series of novels about a modern-day Robin Hood called the Saint into a series of eight films. Following the departure of George Sanders for the similar Falcon series (of which more soon), the mantle of the Saint was adopted by English actor Hugh Sinclair. He may have had the look of a quasi-aristocratic man of action, but Sinclair was no match for the actors that went before, though it apparently wasn’t his fault the series fizzled to an end so quickly.
He ultimately appeared in just two Saint films, which I have naturally reviewed here: