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  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • The Narrow Margin
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.

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  • High Tide

    ★★★½

  • Straight Is the Way

    ★★★½

  • His Forgotten Wife

    ★★★

  • The Virgin of Stamboul

    ★★★★

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  • High Tide

    High Tide

    ★★★½

    The tide, running up the beach, flows around a wrecked car. Two injured men, the occupants of the car, discuss the dangers of the rising waters and recall the events that preceded the accident.

    This striking opening scene leads into a murder mystery. Lee Tracy, the editor of a Los Angeles newspaper, has brought in private detective Don Castle to protect him from the gangsters threatening to kill him. The newspaper’s owner and an investigating reporter are killed before Castle…

  • Straight Is the Way

    Straight Is the Way

    ★★★½

    Two crooks from the city relocate to a small town, They hide out in the abandoned portion of an old house that is owned by an impoverished older woman and her pretty niece. The soft-hearted crooks, overhearing the ladies talk about their financial woes and probable loss of the house, decide to help them.

    A pleasant comedy stars Matt Moore and George Parsons as the thieves and Mabel Bert and Gladys Leslie as the aunt and her niece. The women…

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  • Outrage

    Outrage

    Ida Lupino was a marvelous actress, but perhaps even a better director. She might have been given more resources nowadays, but even with low budgets and relatively minor stars, she made extremely powerful films. This may be the best, a gritty, extremely modern tale about the rape of a young, pretty woman in a small town and the failure of society to in any way to prevent the rape or help her deal with it. The police want to catch…

  • Carnival in Flanders

    Carnival in Flanders

    ★★★★★

    Carnival in Flanders (La Kermesse heroique, 1936) is unusual in many ways. How many films dealing with the occupation of a city by elements of an invading army are comedies? How many movies have ever been set in Seventeenth Century Flanders? Where the heck is Flanders? (For those not knowing the answer to the last question, Flanders is the Dutch-speaking northern portion of today’s Belgium.)

    The year is 1616 and Spain has invaded and occupied the Low Countries. A courier…