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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    ★★★½

    One of Alexander Dumas's great tales along with the Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. He could have made millions if only there had been movies back then. I am not sure if Dumas was paid by the page or if his work was published in installments - but his books are very long, very complicated, full of twists, turns and coincidences - and not easy to simplify. The entire story of the Musketeers could never be put…

  • Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo

    Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo

    ★★★

    At the end of the film Charlie Chan and Number 1 son Lee get into a taxi and comically drive away after solving one more murder case. It was to be our last sight of these two actors together in those roles. Warner Oland was to die before his next Charlie Chan film was finished and Keye Luke had no desire to continue playing his character after Oland died - there is only one Charlie Chan for me, he said…

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  • Mothra

    Mothra

    ★★★½

    After seeing Mothra vs Godzilla and Ghidorah, I circled back to see the first Mothra (or as us Kool Kids say, Mosura) to see where it all began. The idea of a giant moth I have to admit doesn't strike terror into my heart - just put a giant light bulb on top of Tokyo Tower and let it fly around that for hours. But in fact Mothra is a good guy (or girl actually) who intends no harm to…

  • The Thin Man

    The Thin Man

    ★★★½

    By the time Dashiell Hammett finished The Thin Man in 1934 he already had written four crime novels - Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon and The Glass Key. They are all considered classics - not just as crime novels but as American novels. Hammett was up there with Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner. His writing is so clean, concise and to the point. As they say, he took murder out of the parlor to the back alley where…