RSS feed for Richard

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • Cluny Brown

    Cluny Brown

    ★★★½

    Modest but enjoyable comedy which doesn't suffer too much from showing little of it's director's famed 'touch.' Jones is surprisingly good, as is Bowyer, but it's character actor Richard Haydn as Cluny's stuffy beau and Una O'Connor as his perpetually threat-clearing mother who steal the picture.

  • Undercurrent

    Undercurrent

    ★★★

    So-so melodrama which suffers from Katharine Hepburn failing to overcome her miscasting as an unworldly newlywed struggling to come to terms with Hubble Robert Taylor's mood swings. Mitchum appears too late and is given too little to do to salvage much.

Popular reviews

More
  • The Invisible Man Returns

    The Invisible Man Returns

    ★★★

    The Invisible Man Reappears would seem to be a more appropriate title but, as Claude Rains’ character failed to survive past the first movie’s end credits, a new character must relive his ordeal. Step forward a young Vincent Price, whose tones are even more distinctive than his predecessors, and who descends into madness with camp flamboyance. He’s supported by a decent cast that is led by Cedric Hardwicke and Cecil Kellaway, two thorns either side of the rosy Nan Grey,…

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Sherlock Holmes

    ★★★

    The famous sleuth is marked for death by his nemesis, Moriarty.

    Clive Brook makes a rather dour Holmes in this early '30s incarnation of the famous detective. Fox updated his story to the modern day, and relegated Watson (Reginald Owen) to the sidelines to be replaced by a glamorous fiancé (Miriam Jordan) who is a nuisance most of the time and, incredibly, has a disapproving father (Ivan F. Simpson), and some kid from Canada (Howard Leeds) whose presence is never satisfactorily explained. Perennial bad guy Ernest Terrence steals the film as Moriarty.