Feb 26, 2021
My latest video is about the talented and tragic Universal Studios costume designer Vera West. She was one of the first women to head a costume department at a major studio. While she made her mark in a variety of genres, her most influential work was in horror, including some of the most famous Universal chillers. This is her story:
Feb 24, 2021
Feb 17, 2021
The sparkling collegiate musical Good News (1947) is a good fit for the talents of leads June Allyson and Peter Lawford, though it is briskly stolen by Joan McCracken in a supporting role and featured player Mel Torme. The film looks and sounds great on a new Blu-ray release from Warner Archive which also offers a peek at the even peppier 1930 film version of the Broadway show.
Many thanks to Warner Archive for providing a copy of the film for review. To order, visit The Warner Archive Collection.
Feb 10, 2021
Baby Doll (1956) is an outrageous, erotic, woozy ride. Condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency, it consistently pushed the limits of respectability and almost entirely through the power of suggestion. Screenwriter/Playwright Tennessee Williams had plenty to write about life in a heated Southern milieu, and this was one of his boldest statements. The film is now available on Blu-ray from Warner Archive.
Feb 8, 2021
If you're looking for film recommendations, take a look at the list I compiled of my favorite film discoveries of 2020 at Rupert Pupkin Speaks! This is a great series, full of amazing contributions. I recommend checking out the other lists as well.
Feb 3, 2021
William Powell and Myrna Loy were perfectly matched as Nick and Nora Charles in the Thin Man detective film series. For that reason, of the six movies they made as the tippling marrieds, the entries that focused most on their relationship were the best. After the Thin Man (1936), the second film featuring the Charles' is especially good for that reason. I recently watched the new Warner Archive Blu-ray release of the film and enjoyed revisiting one of the best screen marriages.