Michael Curtiz

Michael Curtiz – Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

In London, sculptor Ivan Igor struggles in vain to prevent his partner Worth from burning his wax museum…and his ‘children.’ Years later, Igor starts a new museum in New York, but his maimed hands confine him to directing lesser artists. People begin disappearing (including a corpse from the morgue); Igor takes a sinister interest in Charlotte Duncan, fiancée of his assistant Ralph, but arouses the suspicions of Charlotte’s roommate, wisecracking reporter Florence. Read More »

Michael Curtiz – Doctor X (1932)

A monster lurks as New York newspaperman Lee Taylor investigates one of the “Moon Killer” murders, in which the victims are strangled, cannibalized and surgically incised under the light of the full moon. The trail leads to the cliffside mansion of Dr. Xavier, where the doctor and his colleagues conduct a strange experiment. Read More »

Michael Curtiz – The Walking Dead [+Commentary] (1936)

A gang of racketeers frames down-on-his-luck John Ellman for murder. After a trial finds him guilty, evidence is brought forth proving his innocence, but it is too late and he is executed anyway. A doctor sees an opportunity to use an experimental procedure to restore him to life but is that entirely possible? Desirable? Read More »

Michael Curtiz – The Hangman (1959)

Mackenzie Bovard takes his job working for the federal government very seriously, and when he goes out to get the riff-raff that defy the laws of the land, he finds them and hangs them. This one-two punch does not sit well with a local community when he comes into their midst to pick up Johnny Bishop, Johnny has turned himself around and is not only supported by his friends and neighbours, but also by the sheriff. Read More »

Michael Curtiz – The Perfect Specimen (1937)

Synopsis
Based on a popular novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams, this screwball comedy stars Errol Flynn in the title-role, the heir to an industrial fortune kept hidden from the world by his imperious grandmother (May Robson). Intrigued by the secrecy, peppy Joan Blondell literally crashes the estate to liberate the young man and the two embark on a whirlwind trip through Pennsylvania. Falling in love with the intruder along the way, Flynn learns how life is lived by the other half — or at least by the wacky Warner Bros. stock company — and proves himself to be much more capable than “Grandma” Robson ever imagined. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, All Movie Guide Read More »

Michael Curtiz – The Sea Wolf (1941)

Synopsis:
Humphrey van Weyden, a writer, and fugitives Ruth Webster and George Leach have been given refuge aboard the sealer “Ghost,” captained by the cruel Wolf Larsen. The crew mutinies against Larsen’s many crimes, and though van Weyden, Ruth, and George try to escape Larsen’s clutches, they find themselves drawn inexorably back to him as the “Ghost” sails toward disaster. Read More »

Michael Curtiz – Mission to Moscow (1943)

Probably the most notorious of the handful of pro-Soviet films produced by various Hollywood studios in 1943–44, going out of its way to defend the Soviet Union in every imaginable way: justifying the show trials of 1937, claiming that Finland acted as an aggressor in the Winter War of 1939, etc. Worth seeing for its historical importance, but not without some entertainment value, too, mainly thanks to Michael Curtiz’s direction and Walter Huston’s manic performance as the former Soviet ambassador Joseph E. Davies. Read More »