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  • The Talk of the Town
  • Lost Horizon
  • The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Random Harvest

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  • Woman Hater

    ★★

  • The Talk of the Town

    ★★★★

  • The Road to Hong Kong

    ★★½

  • Dames

    ★★★★

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  • Woman Hater

    Woman Hater

    ★★

    I've hit 500 followers!

    Hello/Hiya/Hey to you all, thanks for your attention, I hope I'm not boring you senseless with my current unfathomable obsession with obscure British movies of the 30s/40s/50s/60s. Blame the bloody good bargains of Network Releases if you have to blame somebody. Hope y'all stick around at any rate.

    Shame I can't greet @sonovel (Hello!) with something more inspiring than this very wan, increasingly annoying battle of the sexes in which every scene brings a fresh missed…

  • The Talk of the Town

    The Talk of the Town

    ★★★★

    A highly dramatic, moodily photographed, almost dialogue-free opening jail break sequence crash-lands into the home of adorable Jean Arthur, rapidly shifting gear into sub-screwball and never catching breath until it has also encompassed light romance, dark drama and Capraesque social critique. As in many of Frank Capra's collaborations with screenwriter Robert Riskin, the American reality beyond the Dream is seen to have gone sour, the precepts that founded the United States having been severely weakened, with a lynch mob ready…

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  • Ball of Fire

    Ball of Fire

    ★★★★★

    To some dear readers there may be an element of sacrilege in the following query, but what makes this a Howard Hawks film? This is a Billy Wilder film. The story originated with him and the script (from him and Charles Brackett) is filled with obvious Wilderisms, toying with the English language and sexual mores in his uniquely mischievous Viennese fashion. As one of the exchanges between professor and gangster goes:
    'You don't mind if we talk, do you?'
    'Just…

  • Mystery of the Wax Museum

    Mystery of the Wax Museum

    ★★★★

    As much as I love Fay Wray and her legendary lungs of scream, this is Glenda Farrell's picture. She's fabulous as the hard-bitten, wisecrackin' reporter and has literally all the best lines - "You can go to some nice, warm place - and I don't mean California!"; "I've been in love so many times, my heart's calloused"; "You raise the kids, I'll raise the roof. I'd rather die of an arthritic heart from shaking cocktails and daiquiris than expire in…