Frank Tuttle

  • Frank Tuttle – This Is the Night (1932)

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    An affair is about to be consummated in a planned trip to Venice, but complications ensue when the woman’s husband returns unexpectedly from the Olympics. Cary Grant is the javelin-wielding Olympian in his first feature film. For probably the last time he gets fifth billing behind, among others, a sparkling Thelma Todd and Charlie Ruggles.

    Very pre-code in its sensibility, with clear references to Lubitsch.Read More »

  • Frank Tuttle – Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)

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    When ex-cop Steve Rollins is released from San Quentin after five years, his only thoughts are of revenge on the men who framed him for manslaughter. Back in San Francisco, his quest for the truth brings him up against ruthless waterfront gang boss Victor Amato.Read More »

  • Frank Tuttle – Suspense (1946)

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    If Republic’s skating star Vera Hruba Ralston could go “dramatic”, so too could Monogram’s skating star Belita. Produced by the enterprising King Brothers, Suspense takes place in an ice-skating emporium owned by Frank Leonard (Albert Dekker). No-good heel Joe Morgan (Barry Sullivan) not only strongarms Leonard into sharing the establishment’s profits, but also tries to move in on Leonard’s wife Roberta (Belita). Read More »

  • Frank Tuttle – Roman Scandals (1933)

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    Review by TV Guide
    Of the six films Eddie Cantor made for Samuel Goldwyn, Roman Scandals was his fourth and second only to The Kid From Spain in popularity. When Goldwyn’s idea to adapt George Bernard Shaw’s “Androcles And The Lion” as a vehicle for Cantor proved too difficult, the producer hired Robert Sherwood and George S. Kaufman to fashion a story that would take Cantor to imperial Rome. Displeased with their draft, Goldwyn brought in Nat Perrin, George Oppenheimer, and Arthur Sheekman to add jokes, and William Anthony McGuire to get the whole thing into shape for shooting. This film turned out to be one of the best Cantor-Goldwyn associations. With humor, music, and more than a little female flesh, Roman Scandals is a sort of Wizard of Oz in that Cantor, a wacky delivery boy in West Rome, Oklahoma, goes into a dream sequence and imagines himself to be a slave in old Rome.Read More »

  • Frank Tuttle – No Limit (1931)

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    Theater usherette Bunny O’Day (Clara Bow) inadvertently becomes hostess of a private gambling den, and gets involved in a romance with a ne’er-do-well gambler.

    Clara Bow, less boisterous than usual and all the more effective for her sobriety, may be seen at the Paramount this week in an extravaganza of New York life, called “No Limit,” many of the scenes for which were photographed here. This narrative of a poor working girl and her adventures in high gambling society never approaches plausibility, but it emerges as fair entertainment because of the excellent comedy provided by Stuart Erwin and Harry Green. Mr. Erwin contributes another of his clever comic performances in the role of a bashful suitor for Miss Bow’s hand, and the only regret is that a full half of the film has to struggle on without him.Read More »

  • Frank Tuttle – Men Are Like That (1930)

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    Previously filmed in 1926 the George Kelly stage comedy The Show-Off was remade in
    1930 as Men Are Like That. Broadway star Hal Skelly steps into the role of chronic braggart
    Aubrey Piper, incapable of either telling the truth or shutting up. Insinuating himself into the
    home of his wife Amy’s (Doris Hill) family, Aubrey does his best to impress his in-laws with
    tall tales about his business acumen and his grandiose financial transactions. Even after
    he’s been exposed as a fraud and saved from ruin and disgrace by Amy, Aubrey continues
    to run off at the mouth — and even throws in a few songs and dances for good measure.
    Despite a witty script by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Men Are Like That is sabotaged by the
    calculatedly obnoxious Hal Skelly, who never did develop into a satisfying screen
    personality. The property was refilmed under its original title The Show Off by Spencer
    Tracy in 1934, and by Red Skelton in 1948.Read More »

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