The Midnight Palace http://www.midnightpalace.com Classic Film Culture Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:50:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 http://www.midnightpalace.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/cropped-slide01-32x32.jpg The Midnight Palace http://www.midnightpalace.com 32 32 48061201 The Invisible Man (1933) http://www.midnightpalace.com/film-reviews/the-invisible-man-1933 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:48:17 +0000 http://www.midnightpalace.com/?p=3546 Continue Reading ]]> Film Title: The Invisible Man Year: 1933 Studio: Universal Pictures Silent or Talkie: Talkie Genre: Science Fiction/Horror Starring: Claude Rains Gloria Stuart Review For fans of classic horror or early science fiction, the title The Invisible Man might still call the story by H.G. Wells to mind. This was an 1897 novel that did as much as, say, Dracula or Frankenstein to establish some of the...

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The Brute Man (1946) http://www.midnightpalace.com/film-reviews/the-brute-man-1946 Sat, 30 Dec 2017 01:52:12 +0000 http://www.midnightpalace.com/?p=3539 Continue Reading ]]> Film Title: The Brute Man Year: 1946 Studio: Universal/PRC Silent or Talkie: Talkie Genre: Horror Starring: Rondo Hatton Tom Neal Jane Adams Jan Wiley Review It’s easy to understand why 1946’s The Brute Man is largely considered to be a wasted effort. Rondo Hatton, the film’s centerpiece, died 8 months before its release of coronary thrombosis. But prior to his death, Hatton had become little more...

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They Won’t Believe Me (1947) http://www.midnightpalace.com/film-reviews/they-wont-believe-me-1947 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:32:21 +0000 http://www.midnightpalace.com/?p=3081 Continue Reading ]]> Film Title: They Won’t Believe Me Year: 1947 Studio: RKO Silent or Talkie: Talkie Genre: Film Noir Starring: Robert Young Jane Greer Susan Hayward Review This little known film noir contains a cracker of a story about a husband who indifferently cheats on his wife with not one but two women. Larry Ballantine (Robert Young reluctantly cast against his usual good guy type) stands accused of...

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Eddie Green: A Pioneer’s Contribution http://www.midnightpalace.com/articles/eddie-green-a-pioneers-contribution Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:21:43 +0000 http://www.midnightpalace.com/?p=3478 Continue Reading ]]> Special thanks to Eddie’s daughter, Elva Diane Green, for this article. Edward (Eddie) Green was born in 1891 to William and Janie Green in East Baltimore, Maryland, in a poverty-stricken neighborhood to which Blacks were relegated. Through talent and determination Eddie would become a well-known composer, a sought-after vaudeville and burlesque comedian and song and dance man. He became a...

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Max Linder, Father of Film Comedy http://www.midnightpalace.com/articles/max-linder-father-of-film-comedy Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:17:26 +0000 http://www.midnightpalace.com/?p=3473 Continue Reading ]]> Once upon a time, a little more than a century ago, the graceful silhouette of Max Linder reigned the silver screens, his top-hatted charmer held as the very symbol of mirth to millions across the continents. Tragic though his life turned out in the end, for five crucial years – from late 1909 through 1914 – Max ruled as the standard to whom others were compared, a superstar long before the likes...

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A Trip to the Moon (Le voyage dans la lune) (1902) http://www.midnightpalace.com/film-reviews/a-trip-to-the-moon-le-voyage-dans-la-lune-1902 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:24:44 +0000 http://www.midnightpalace.com/?p=3282 Continue Reading ]]> Film Title: A Trip to the Moon (Le voyage dans la lune) Year: 1902 Studio: Star Film Company Silent or Talkie: Silent Genre: Science Fiction Starring: Georges Méliès Bleuette Bernon François Lallement Henri Delannoy Review It would be fairly easy, and maybe even somewhat expected, for a person to scoff at a rudimentary film. To a generation that has seen mind-blowing innovation in every technical...

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Try and Get Me! (1950) http://www.midnightpalace.com/film-reviews/try-and-get-me-1950 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:09:45 +0000 http://www.midnightpalace.com/?p=3219 Continue Reading ]]> Film Title: Try and Get Me! Year: 1950 Studio: Robert Stillman Productions/United Artists Silent or Talkie: Talkie Genre: Film Noir Starring: Frank Lovejoy Lloyd Bridges Kathleen Ryan Richard Carlson Review Try and Get Me (aka The Sound of Fury) is largely considered by film noir enthusiasts to be an underrated and somewhat overlooked title. There is a consensus among viewers that the film is...

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The O Canada Blogathon: Michael Sarrazin’s Reincarnation http://www.midnightpalace.com/articles/michael-sarrazins-reincarnation Tue, 07 Oct 2014 03:03:41 +0000 http://www.midnightpalace.com/?p=3197 Continue Reading ]]> Canadian actor Michael Sarrazin began his career in the 1960s, taking small television roles in Toronto before scoring a contract with Universal midway through the decade. His first bit of work found him in a variety of westerns, though he gained recognition in 1969 for the Sydney Pollack-directed They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? My exposure to Sarrazin’s work came when I dug out an old...

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Dear Murderer (1947) http://www.midnightpalace.com/film-reviews/dear-murderer-1947 Sat, 04 Oct 2014 18:24:12 +0000 http://www.midnightpalace.com/?p=3187 Continue Reading ]]> Film Title: Dear Murderer Year: 1947 Studio: Gainsborough Pictures Silent or Talkie: Talkie Genre: Drama Starring: Eric Portman Greta Gynt Dennis Price Maxwell Reed Jack Warner Hazel Court Review There are scores of tense films about husbands discovering their wives in the arms of other men. Their first reaction is usually full of rage, perhaps a crime of passion undertaken carelessly in the heat...

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The Mugger (1958) http://www.midnightpalace.com/film-reviews/mugger-1958 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:14:47 +0000 http://www.midnightpalace.com/?p=3180 Continue Reading ]]> Film Title: The Mugger Year: 1958 Studio: United Artists Silent or Talkie: Talkie Genre: Film Noir Starring: Kent Smith Nan Martin James Franciscus Leonard Stone Review Right away, the title of this film jumps out as something dark and ominous on a chilly evening, not in a small town but in a big city, partially hidden in the shadows. It seems raw and emotionless; in fact, there is nothing...

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