Category Archives: From the Vaults

From the Vaults — ‘While the City Sleeps,’ Part IV

  In the three previous posts on the 1928 Lon Chaney film “While the City Sleeps,” we took a brief look at the production history and the plot, the critical reaction (mostly mixed) and the curious condition of the print, … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ‘While the City Sleeps,’ Part III

The previous two posts gave a brief production history and plot summary of the 1928 Lon Chaney film “While the City Sleeps” and a sample of the reviews. Today, we’ll look at some of the more unusual aspects of this … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ‘While the City Sleeps,’ Part II

In yesterday’s post, I gave a brief production history of the 1928 Lon Chaney film “While the City Sleeps,” and a summary of the rather complex plot, rendered even more convoluted because substantial portions of the print are missing, either … Continue reading

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From the Vaults: ‘While the City Sleeps’ — Part I

It’s worth spending a bit more time on our recent mystery movie “While the City Sleeps” for several reasons. It’s not widely available and most copies seem to be missing large chunks of the film, making the complex narrative even … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ‘I Bambini Ci Guardano’ (‘The Children Are Watching Us’) 1944

        Nina (Isa Pola), Prico (Luciano De Ambrosis) and Andrea (Emilio Cigoli) in “The Children Are Watching Us.” If we met Nina and Andrea with their young son, Prico,  at the beach, we might assume that they … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ‘Fires on the Plain’ (1959)

    So far in my ramble through old foreign films, I have done the Holocaust (“Yiddle With His Fiddle”) and incest (“La Mujer del Puerto,”) so imagine my surprise when this week’s entry, “Fires on the Plain,” turned to … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ‘La Mujer del Puerto’ (1934)

    None of the countless movies  I have ever seen – domestic or foreign — prepared me for the 1934 Mexican film “La Mujer del Puerto” (“The Woman of the Port”). If you watch the movie without knowing anything … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ‘Yiddle With His Fiddle’

    “Yiddle With His Fiddle,” a 1936 Yiddish-language production that was filmed in Poland and stars American actress Molly Picon, is — at face value — an  endearing movie with catchy tunes. But hovering over the gaiety is the … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, April 10, 1961

      April 10, 1961: Notice the Spade Cooley story. It vanished from later editions, and I couldn’t find the jump, just the Page 1 portion. Paul Coates writes about two Beverly Hills police officers' problems with Police Chief … Continue reading

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From the Vaults: ‘Fantasia’

    For the last few days, the DVD player has been glowering at me. Over two nights, I worked my way through most of “Fantasia” and whenever I went near, it would scold me as if to say “Don’t … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ‘Vamonos Con Pancho Villa!’

    “Vamonos Con Pancho Villa!” (“Let’s Go With Pancho Villa!”) is the surprisingly dark, roughly hewn story of six friends who call themselves “the lions of San Pablo” and join the Mexican Revolution as much for the adventure as … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ’13 Rue Madeleine’

        Robert “Bob” Sharkey (James Cagney) and Charles Gibson (Walter Abel) discuss the incoming class of American secret agents in “13 Rue Madeleine.”  One of their students is a Nazi spy! After a longwinded exposition, the 1947 … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, Jan. 25, 1961

         Jan. 25, 1961: Mel Blanc, 51, is making progress after being badly injured in a head-on crash with Menlo College student Arthur Rolston, 18, on Sunset Boulevard at the notorious “Dead Man’s Curve” at Groverton Place. … Continue reading

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From the Vaults: ‘After the Thin Man’ (1936)

Are there detectives anywhere in pop culture more fun than Nick and Nora Charles? Oh, Inspector Clouseau may be amusing, but you'd never want to have dinner at his house: at best, he'd spill the soup in your lap. At … Continue reading

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From the Vaults: ‘The Eyes of Laura Mars’ (1978)

Like all right-thinking people, I cherish "The Empire Strikes Back," and was saddened by the death of director Irvin Kershner. But I didn't realize until reading his one of his obits that he also directed the acclaimed thriller "Eyes of … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, Jan. 3, 1961

       Jan. 3, 1961: The Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area surpasses Chicago as the second-largest urban area, although Chicago is still ranked the second city, census figures show.  … and Paul Coates writes about his “jail mail,” including … Continue reading

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From the Vaults: ‘The Black Swan’ (1942)

The current Natalie Portman film is not, perhaps, technically a remake of this movie. Instead of dueling ballerinas, the 1942 film features dueling pirates. Instead of the "Dying Swan" dance, there is a big battle at sea with cannons. And … Continue reading

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From the Vaults: ‘MASH’ (1970)

I loathe war movies. I also loathe hospital movies, and movies with predominantly male stars (really, who wants to sit and watch a bunch of men running around?) And I really loathe movies with long football scenes. Yet then we … Continue reading

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From the Vaults: ‘Pillow Talk’ (1959)

"I love you." "I know." You know what movie that's from, right? WRONG! Years before Han Solo (and hey, RIP Irvin Kershner), his possibly-most-famous line gets drawled by Rock Hudson, playing a womanizing songwriter in "Pillow Talk." Hudson tosses it … Continue reading

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From the Vaults: ‘Metropolis’ (1927)

I am just about the last person on earth to see Fritz Lang's "Metropolis." And I chose to break my fast with a nice long incarnation of it: the newly restored 145-minute version, recently shown for the third time by … Continue reading

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