Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Mad Miss Manton **** (1938, Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Sam Levene) – Classic Movie Review 5203

Director Leigh Jason’s short (just 79 minutes) and sweet 1938 RKO comedy is a fast-paced, engagingly frivolous entertainment with a well-concocted The Thin Man style mixture of screwball comedy and murder mystery. The essentially serious-minded Henry Fonda […]

Mar, 27 · in Reviews

The Rains Came **** (1939, Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power, George Brent, Brenda Joyce, Nigel Bruce, Henry Travers) – Classic Movie Review 5202

Director Clarence Brown’s 1939 romantic adventure drama movie stars Tyrone Power as a handsome Indian nobleman Major Rama Safti, trained as a doctor in America, who returns to India to practise in the princely state […]

Mar, 26 · in Reviews

Golden Boy ***** (1939, Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Adolphe Menjou, Joseph Calleia, Lee J Cobb, Sam Levene) – Classic Movie Review 5201

In 1939 director Rouben Mamoulian films Clifford Odets’s classic theatre play (with Luther Adler on stage) and it becomes a star-making tour de force for William Holden as a prizefighter Joe Bonaparte, encouraged by tough […]

Mar, 26

The Man Who Lived Twice *** (1936, Ralph Bellamy, Marian Marsh, Thurston Hall, Isabel Jewell, Nana Bryant, Ward Bond) – Classic Movie Review 5200

Director Harry Lachman’s suspenseful and classy 1936 Columbia B-movie crime thriller stars Ralph Bellamy as disfigured notorious criminal ‘Slick’ Rawley, who has plastic surgery to change his identity. He loses his memory and decides to help […]

Mar, 26

The Monolith Monsters *** (1957, Grant Williams, Lola Albright, Les Tremayne) – Classic Movie Review 5199

Ah yes, ‘Mammoth skyscrapers of stone thundering across the Earth!’ Director John Sherwood’s 1957 movie is an atmospheric, effective enough sci-fi film, in which the residents of a California desert town start dying after scientist […]

Mar, 25

Bwana Devil * (1952, Robert Stack, Barbara Britton, Nigel Bruce) – Classic Movie Review 5198

‘The Miracle of the Age!!! A LION in your lap! A LOVER in your arms!’ Writer-producer-director Arch Oboler’s 1952 adventure thriller has the enormous distinction of being the very first 3D sound feature movie in English […]

Mar, 25

Jacob’s Ladder ***½ (1990, Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello) – Classic Movie Review 5197

Director Adrian Lyne’s eerie, eye-catching 1990 horror movie finds Tim Robbins climbing the ladder to stardom in a stalwart performance as the divorced, traumatised Vietnam vet, New York postal worker Jacob Singer, who is troubled by […]

Mar, 25

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