City Lights (1931)

City Lights (1931) – The most recent Academy Award winner for Best Picture was The Artist, a [mostly] silent film about a silent film actor whose career hits the skids with the invention of talkies. It’s a great and moving picture but in real life one of the biggest silent film stars in the world … Continue reading

Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein (1931) – So I have saved the best for not-quite-last (since some of the other movies I intend to watch are sequels to this one). Frankenstein is my favorite of the old Universal Monster movies. It’s also the most popular with five sequels and a crossover with Abbott and Costello. Boris Karloff and Jack … Continue reading

Dracula (1931)

Dracula (1931) – Despite hits like The Phantom of the Opera, Universal Studios head Carl Laemmle wasn’t particularly interested in making horror movies. Carl Laemmle Jr., on the other hand, was quite keen to bring Dracula to the big screen. History has kind of sided with Laemmle Jr., I am happy to say. Dracula was … Continue reading