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  • Key Largo
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  • Topper

  • The Bride Wore Red

  • East of Eden

  • Black Legion

Recent reviews

  • Topper


    Thorne Smith was an American humorist from the early decades of the 20th century. He is most famous for his descriptions of lascivious women and drinking, and Topper (published in 1926, smack in the middle of Prohibition) was a huge and immediate success. This movie, starring Constance Bennett and Cary Grant, certainly didn't hurt.

    The story line revolves around a wealthy and conventional banker who has his life upset by a pair of attractive ghosts, who think he needs to…

  • The Bride Wore Red

    The Bride Wore Red

    Another film by director Dorothy Arzner (see below). The "Red" is not blood. It's a great red dress that Joan Crawford has wanted for a long time. Now she can finally buy it, and her wedding would be the perfect place to wear it.

    The story is pretty weak. Staying at an Alpine resort under false pretenses, Crawford makes her move for the wealthy Robert Young. Too bad he's engaged. The village postman (who reads and transmits all telegraph traffic)…

Popular reviews

  • A Christmas Story 2

    A Christmas Story 2

    How many people even know there WAS A Christmas Story 2? I certainly didn't. I'm not sure how I stumbled onto it (it was straight to video), but I'll watch anything. You know, it wasn't nearly as bad as you might expect - some overdone hokiness and attempts at slapstick aside. I only learned today that Jean Shepherd had done ANOTHER sequel to A Christmas Story, released in 1994 as My Summer Story (he was not associated with this film, except as original author). I wouldn't go so far as to recommend this, but I wouldn't spurn it either.

  • Sweet Love, Bitter

    Sweet Love, Bitter

    I watched this film on YouTube under it's original title, not the sensational one on the Letterboxd thumbnail - I don't know anything about that. I have not been able to find it anywhere else.


    IMDB describes it as "a loose fictitious [sic] of Charlie Parker's last years and a portrait of the jazz scene in 1960's New York." Dick Gregory was outstanding in his first acting role as Ritchie "The Eagle" Stokes, a stand-in for Parker, though I…