Victor McLaglen

  • Raoul Walsh – The Loves of Carmen (1927)

    Raoul Walsh1921-1930ClassicsRomanceUSA
    The Loves of Carmen (1927)
    The Loves of Carmen (1927)

    Bad quality but very rare. I don’t know the source for this video, but it looks like a distant ancestor was a vhs.

    Here’s an imdb review by lugonian:
    THE LOVES OF CARMEN (Fox, 1927), directed by Raoul Walsh, reunites Walsh with his WHAT PRICE GLORY (1926) leading players of Dolores Del Rio and Victor McLaglen in a story based on Prosper Merimee’s classic story, “Carmen,” that later served as an 1875 Georges Bizet opera. For those unfamiliar with the plot, this edition, one of many, comes across as more faithful to the aforementioned properties from which it is based.Read More »

  • John Ford – The Informer (1935)

    1931-1940ClassicsDramaJohn FordUSA

    Dublin, 1922. Gypo Nolan, strong but none too bright, has been ousted from the rebel organization and is starving. When he finds that his equally destitute sweetheart Katie has been reduced to prostitution, he succumbs to temptation and betrays his former comrade Frankie to the British authorities for a 20 pound reward. In the course of one gloomy, foggy night, guilt and retribution inexorably close in…Read More »

  • Allan Dwan – While Paris Sleeps (1932)

    1931-1940Allan DwanClassicsUSA

    Plot : While Paris Sleeps is a grim expose of the European white slave trade. To save his daughter Manon (Helen Mack) from falling into the hands of a vicious gang of pimps, convict Jacques Costard (Victor McLaglen) escapes from jail. Jacques’ problems are twofold: he must keep Manon from being abducted into a life of prostitution, and he must also hide his true identity from the girl, who has been raised to believe that Jacques died a hero in WWI. The film’s gruesome “money scene” finds the white slavers disposing of a stool pigeon by incinerating him in a huge bakery oven! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie GuideRead More »

  • William Witney – City of Shadows (1955)

    1951-1960CrimeDramaUSAWilliam Witney

    Gangster Big Tim Channing raises young newsboy Dan Mason as his own son.Read More »

  • George Stevens – Gunga Din [+commentary] (1939)

    USA1931-1940AdventureGeorge Stevens

    Quote:
    Based loosely on the poem by Rudyard Kipling, this takes place in British India during the Thuggee uprising. Three fun loving sergeants are doing fine until one of them wants to get married and leave the service. The other two trick him into a final mission where they end up confronting the entire cult by themselves as the British Army is entering a trap. This is of the “War is fun” school of movie making. It has the flavour of watching Notre Dame play an inferior high school team.Read More »

  • George Stevens – Gunga Din (1939)

    1931-1940AdventureGeorge StevensUSAWar

    Based loosely on the poem by Rudyard Kipling, this takes place in British India during the Thuggee uprising. Three fun loving sergeants are doing fine until one of them wants to get married and leave the service. The other two trick him into a final mission where they end up confronting the entire cult by themselves as the British Army is entering a trap. This is of the “War is fun” school of movie making. It has the flavour of watching Notre Dame play an inferior high school team.Read More »

  • Mitchell Leisen – Murder at the Vanities (1934)

    1931-1940ClassicsDramaMitchell LeisenUSA

    Quote:
    While musical revue “The Vanities” captivates audience on its opening night, a murder investigation secretly takes place backstage. a lavish backstage extravaganza that’s half musical and half who-dunnit. As the mystery is downright silly, the appeal is all in the attempts at comedy and the staging of a half-dozen song and dance numbers.Read More »

  • Raoul Walsh – Under Pressure (1935)

    1931-1940ActionDramaRaoul WalshUSA

    Two members of a crew of “sandhogs”, men who work on an underwater tunnel project, battle each other over the same woman and a rival team of sandhogs to see who will finish their half of the tunnel first, with the winning team getting more money and guaranteed future work.Read More »

  • John Ford – Wee Willie Winkie (1937)

    1931-1940AdventureComedyJohn FordUSA

    Joseph McBride wrote:
    Wee Willie Winkie provides a case study of how Ford approached what could have been another pot-boiler and infused it with his own artistic sensibilty. If there were any real justice in Hollywood, Ford would have won an Oscar for a film such as this one, whose truly superior craftsmanship is all the more impressive for seeming so effortless. With larger-than-life romanticism, Ford deflty creates a child’s storybook vision of the world, then introduces unexpectedly touching moments as reality impinges on the consciousness of the innocent protaganist. This stylised feeling was heightened in the film’s original release by tiniting the daytime scenes sepia and the nighttime scenes blue, reviving a practice from the silent cinema.Read More »

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