Flash Gordon

Today I talk about Flash Gordon for the Outer Space on Film blogathon today. I am paying tribute to Flash Gordon which is one of my favorite serials all time to watch and re-watch often as its inspired many movies including star wars. I really adore classic Science Fiction serials and classic movies of that genre that all shine so brightly on the screen.

I hope you enjoy this tribute to flash Gordon for the Flash Gordon for the Outer Space on Film blogathon as always do check out other posts form the event today. Let’s begin our adventure into space now.

Flash Gordon serials introduction talk 

Flash Gordon is often called one of the cheesiest shows all time by so many people that often dismiss the amazing levels of depth beyond this series. It is cheesy at times the series but the series is embracing pulp Science Fiction tales that shaped the genre of Science Fiction. Flash Gordon serials were based upon the Flash Gordon comic strip which was created to compete with the already established Buck Rogers adventure strip which happens to be another serial that inspired star wars. Flash Gordon is directly inspired by John Carter of Mars which was what they wanted originally to make the strip based upon but ended up with Flash Gordon. The Flash Gordon comic strip has been translated into a wide variety of media, including motion pictures, television and animated series as today I am talking about the serials it’s such a joy to talk the classic serial flash gordon today.

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Flash Gordon serials review

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Flash Gordon begins with the strange planet Mongo hurtling towards Earth on a collision course. People across the world, from London to darkest Africa, are panicking as their seemingly certain doom draws near. One of the doomed Earthlings, polo player and all-around athlete Flash Gordon as it begins its story(plot intro form web)

Flash Gordon is probably the most popular and certainly the best known of all movie serials all time. Flash Gordon has wonderful sets and performances and creatures and unabashedly emotional moments to make it one of the most enduring serials of all time.

The cinematography of Flash Gordon further augments the serial’s atmosphere with some strikingly stylish camera angles that capture the action as one example is  flash’s fight with the “monkey-men” in the first chapter. The cinematography of this serial really captures such marvelous moments of action upon the screen.  I would say some moments it captures is so much fun to watch unfold on the screen and wonderfully captured on the screen by Frederick Stephani whom crafted out remarkable moments upon the screen.

One should not forget that The director Stephani and the more experienced Basil Dickey, George Plympton, and Ella O’Neill all really deserves credit for the wonderful things in the serials dialogue. Its cheesy at times some of the lines for our time today but you can always enjoy them if taking in context of time period.

Many serials divide the villainy between a brain and villains and action heavy it features a heroic team that one could say the main hero that does most of the action of the series which i feel unfolds upon the screen with such marvelous action upon the screen.

Jean Rogers’ Dale Arden is a pleasure to watch; her stunning beauty has never been seen to better advantage as her acting is also excellent, particularly in her reactions to the bizarre terrors of Mongo; critics have always seemed compelled to make silly comments about her propensity to scream and faint in times of danger or emotional stress but she is marvelous to watch upon the screen. Priscilla Lawson is also very good as Ming’s daughter that gives out such a marvelous job upon the screen. Richard Alexander has one of the most unusual roles of his career as Prince Barin, the rightful heir to the throne of Mongo who allies with Flash against the usurping Ming handles his archetype so well. He is simply marvelous in his performances on the screen. I would say its acting is Flash Gordon’s strongest suit along with its action and other wonderful elements to make this classic serial really come to life upon the screen.

Flash Gordon represents a near-perfect convergence of superior production values, imaginative scripting, and strong acting make this serial one truly classic serial series that one should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

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I would love to express my great joy today that I got to talk about Flash Gordon today. I am happy I got to talk about these marvelous serial classics. I felt such joy to talk this serial classic today for the Outer Space on Film blogathon.  I would love to thank everyone i hope you return next time for another magical review soon.

Ruby Keeler:A broadway baby

Ruby Keeler:A broadway baby

Today I talk about RUBY KEELER for The Busby Berkeley Blogathon! I pay tribute to RUBY KEELER today as I pay tribute to RUBY KEELER’s work with Busby Berkeley for this event today. I talk about RUBY KEELER a true legend of the stage and the screen that was a true Broadway baby in every sense of the word. I never have talked this legend before on my blog before this article today

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I am happy today to talk her today for this Blogathon today. I hope you check out other works form this wonderful event today.

42nd Street review

42nd Street (Warner Brothers, 1933)  was directed by Lloyd Bacon.  42nd Street  is  simply a a marvelous musical. I adore to watch 42nd Street  again and again often on the screen.  Busby Berkeley choreographed many enjoyable numbers. The brutal and endless rehearsals along with the wise cracks and the backstage intrigues are part of this movies charm as it presents the backstage drama of making a big show on the stage. Its famous numbers such as shuffle off to buffalo and “(I’m) Young and Healthy”, and “42nd Street in the last 30 minutes of the show all really are such magical numbers. Ruby Keeler  gives out a marvelous performance on the screen.as Peggy Sawyer as it is such a marvelous performance on the screen.  This movie has marvelous performances by everyone in its cast.  The supporting cast is full of familiar faces from the ’30’s that give out marvelous performances.

Busby Berkeley’s groundbreaking choreography bursts on to the screen late in the film in a couple of dazzling production numbers in the end that all really stand out as they unfold on the screen.  42nd Street’s backstage drama is my favorite part of this marvelous movie to watch all drama unfold on screen. 42nd Street is a marvelous classic you should see today.

gold diggers of 1933 review

gold diggers of 1933 directed by Mervyn LeRoy brings the viewer back to the simple style of dance with Busby Berkeley directed and choreographed the dance scenes that all feel such fun to watch unfold on the screen. This enjoyable pre-code classic may be one of those classics that always feels so good to watch unfold on the screen. 

The marvelous cast of talents in gold diggers of 1933  such as Ruby Keeler,Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Dick Powell, Guy Kibbee, Warren William, Ginger Rogers all star in this movie giving out wonderful performances  on the screen.  We’re In The Money’ (really titled ‘The Gold Digger’s Song’) can stand alone from the film’s score.  Warren and Dubin’s other efforts of this movie  all work perfectly with Berkeley’s inspired production numbers that all really are wonderful joys to watch unfold on the screen.. I adore all of the musical numbers of this movie so much.

Shadow Waltz is elegant and beautiful to watch unfold on the screen.  It’s visual poetry that really shines on screen.  Its lovely and enchanting to watch unfold on screen. It is a such a marvelous gem of a scene to watch unfold on the screen.

Remember My Forgotten Man is another musical number that really is something of a special musical number that  really shines to watch unfold on the screen. The number climaxes with an enormous arch of soldiers looming over the mass of homeless men and their desperate women that showcases the hardships of that era.

It’s a rousing finale is one of the greatest combinations of cinematography, music, singing, choreography in one musical number that showcases the magic of musicals. This is a marvelous classic you should see today.

Footlight Parade review

James Cagney stars as a fledgling producer who finds himself at odds with his workers, financiers and his greedy ex-wife when he tries to produce live musicals for movie-going audiences. This movie Co-stars Joan Blondell and Dick Powell with spectacular Busby Berkeley dance sequences. (Plot off net)

By a Waterfall is a marvelous musical number that I think may be one of the films stand out numbers. The entire number gives of a heavy Garden of Eden vibe with Dick Powell sits by a brook and daydreams of his sweetheart, Ruby Keeler. The waterfall becomes more and more elaborate, becoming an art deco swimming pool and eventually a spiral fountain of women as the scene really shines to show off the marvelous wonders that Busby Berkeley creates on the screen is so marvelous to watch unfold on the screen.

Honeymoon Hotel is another musical number that is risque with an upbeat piece of music about a couple who are desperately trying to fornicate. They make an appointment to wed at the Honeymoon Hotel. It is a marvelous scene I adore to watch unfold on the screen.

The third and last number of this movie finally sees James Cagney getting to try out his dancing chops in a normal number by compassion to the other numbers. The man’s ability to tame the legendary Shanghai Lil certainly helps him regain his own masculinity. The idea of a man’s own sense of himself being determined by the woman he’s with is a theme that plays a lot into romantic comedies as it’s truly something fun to watch this scene unfold on the screen. This magical number is truly a wonder to watch on the screen.

Footlight Parade is a delightful musical gem you should see today.

Dames review

Dames bites back at the Hays Code right as it was starting to get enforced in such a fun musical gem with choreography by Busby Berkeley that really is fun to watch unfold on the screen.  Dames” is extremely entertaining at virtually every moment as it a delightful musical gem with tons of comic wit and charm that will you enjoy to watch anytime.

The first strong point is the excellent comedic plot, better than that in 42nd Street, about the same as Footlght Parade.Guy Kibbe gives out a wonderful performance. Hugh Herbert and Zasu Pitts are great in their respective roles on the screen. I would say Joan Blondell really shines in her role too as she has such wonderful wit and humor. Its musical numbers all are fun little numbers that you will enjoy watching unfold on the screen.

 Only Have Eyes for You has a handful of my favorite shots to watch unfold on the screen as it’s simply marvelous to watch Ruby Keeler come out of the eye as she comes out of the glance of obsession in a way. All three of the big production numbers in the film share several traits and meanings that all feel such connections to each other as reflective of a whole fun little musical as the numbers all feel such reflective joy to them. I simply love them all as each musical scene is marvelous to watch on screen.

Try to See It My Way, Baby completely breaks out, never traipsing into one of Berkeley’s signature visual extravaganzas. But that doesn’t make it any less significant as this is last number it does stand out.  Busby Berkeley’s choreography Incredible, imaginative and thoroughly astounding. Berkeley always stands out such as he does in dames as. His choreography is among the greatest things ever committed to a cinema screen as this trait really does show in this wonderful musical classic with so many ranging numbers that all show off his wonderful work on the screen.

The movie Dames is extremely entertaining at virtually every moment with such marvelous musical numbers with wonderful acting and classical choreography that all sync together to make such a marvelous classic.  Busby Berkeley/Warner Bros. musicals all are such fun to watch as I often find self re-watching this classic movie often. Dames is a marvelous classic that is simply marvelous to watch unfold on the screen as simply to watch on the screen.

RUBY KEELER and Busby Berkeley always manages to make such enjoyable movies together as they did four movies together as she went from Broadway to the big screen in standout musical numbers that all are such fun to watch unfold on the screen. Busby Berkeley/Warner Bros. musicals all are such fun to watch as I often find self re-watching this classic movie often so today I enjoyed to talk these movies so much today for The Busby Berkeley Blogathon today as I feel so much joy to talk them so much as always check out other posts form the event as I hope you enjoyed my talk about RUBY KEELER and Busby Berkeley today as I do hope you join me next time for another review.

Camille

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So today I talk about Camille which I review for my friend Crystal’s blog for THE Greta Garbo Blogathon today.    Greta grabo gives out amazing performances on the screen in her many roles on the screen. I review Camille a classic drama that showcases the amazing talents of Greta Garbo for the screen for this this BLOGATHON today. I would advise you to check out other posts form this event today. I will begin my review now of this classic gem.

Camille review 

Camille of all love stories ever put to the screen few are done as good as this movie is done for the screen. It is a movie about unquestionable love from a lady that has played many men and that has been played many times over when she meets a younger man she finds love to be the happiest girl on earth as she gets sick in the end. It is truly very sad to watch her lose her love on the screen.

Greta Garbo channels the soul of this damaged soul so perfectly in her performance. She pulls at your heart strings by her acting skills for the screen. This movie shows you why Garbo was such an amazing legend that acted on the screen..Robert Taylor plays one wonderful role in the movie. The supporting performances of the cast of this movie are all wonderful to watch unfold on the screen. George Cukor crafted out one of his finest classics all time. The costumes are gorgeous as an example of French extravagance despite the fact that Camille was made in the 30s. Greta Garbo earned an Academy Award nomination and the New York Film Critics Best Actress Award for her memorable work in which you can see why in this movie as it is truly an amazing performance  to watch unfold on the screen.

Camille is a film that will live on forever in our hearts. This movie is a wonderful gem that you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I hope you enjoyed my talk about Camille today which stars Greta Garbo in what may be one of her finest hours on the screen for THE GRETA GARBO BLOGATHON as i truly enjoyed talking about one of my favorite movies all time that really is one of the finest hours you can watch off movies. I hope you enjoyed it as much I enjoyed talking it today to you. See you next time for another classic review soon.

Trouble in Paradise

Screwball gems INTRODUCTION 

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I am a very huge fan of screwball comedies. I often review more screwball comedies on my blog often also I review many noir classics and talk about Hitchcock often. I would say they are my three favorite movie areas to talk about. I love fondly screwball comedies. Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. They also generally feature a self-confident and often stubborn central female protagonist and a plot involving courtship and marriage or remarriage or cross-dressing. Some comic plays are screwball in nature. It was a genre that was made in movies until 1942. Many films of the 1950’s also have traits of screwball comedies. Its time to talk these classics for my new theme for this month of the month called screwball gems. Today I review Trouble in Paradise (1932) for the start of my themed month of reviews.

Trouble in Paradise (1932) review

This pre-code sophisticated comedy epitomizes the European attitude toward sex. It is more open in sex. It is pre-code in that nature toward how it plays sex. It is based on Laszlo Aladar’s play The Honest Finder which was the springboard for the movie. The sexual undertones are very frank. I would not call it as sexually open as Design for Living which is far more sexual in nature. This was a taste of what was to come for his works. Trouble in Paradise is a comedic counterpart to a melodrama.

Lubitsch was best known for what we call the Lubitsch touch is a subtitle way of referencing sexual shenanigans that his characters do upon the screen. Lubitsch’s Magnum Opus faced controversy three years after its initial release because of the conservatism of the Production Code. This pre-code sophisticated comedy epitomizes the European attitude toward sex which is more open in sex that feels modern. . The movie is tamer than his other film design for a living for its sexual tone on the screen. It’s a spellbinding comedy classic about a a suave jewel thief (Herbert Marshall) falling in love with his intended victim (luminous Kay Francis) much to the displeasure of his girlfriend (Miriam Hopkins) whom all give out wonderful performances in their respective roles for the screen. . Kay Francis steals this film as she truly shines in her wonderful role that is hard to do with Miriam Hopkins. She is exquisite and enchanting and absolutely charming. Miriam Hopkins gets the better comedic lines and the guy even if lesser then Kay she still gives out a marvelous performance. Herbert Marshall shows an unexpected flair for light comedy while Charlie Ruggles and the ubiquitous Edward Everett Horton provide their usual first class supporting roles that that truly shine in their performances on the screen. Ernst Lubitsch crafts out a masterpiece of early comedy that truly shines in every manner making it a must see comedy classic for all time.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's