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  • Let's Scare Jessica to Death

    Let's Scare Jessica to Death

    ★★½

    A young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown begins to see things and hear voices after moving into an old farmhouse with her husband and a friend.

    A nicely shot low-budget horror that's more of a slow-smoulder than a slow-burn. Zohra Lampert convinces as a woman slowly losing her grip on sanity, but the scares are few and far between and the moody atmosphere grows a little too oppressive during a tortuously slow middle act. And as for that synthesiser score...

  • Air Mail

    Air Mail

    ★★½

    As Christmas storms gather, the under-pressure manager of an air mail depot is forced to accept a selfish, boastful foe as one of his new pilots.

    Ralph Bellamy makes a bland and colourless leading man in a movie that suffers from comparison with Only Angels Have Wings, which is based on the same story by Frank Wead and Dale Van Every. Pat O'Brien doesn't fare much better - he was never particularly convincing in roles that called upon him to…

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  • Law and Order

    Law and Order

    ★★★½

    A roving former lawman and his friends reluctantly become the law in Tombstone.

    Surprisingly dark and realistic Western despite frequent bouts of humour and an amiable, easy-going performance from Walter Huston. Written by the star's 26-year-old son John Huston, it's a thinly veiled account of the clash between Wyatt Earp and the Clantons (quite why Universal felt it necessary to change the characters' names is a mystery), although Doc Holliday is missing. Packed with smart dialogue, tense situations and a real feel for detail, Law and Order is undeservedly forgotten.

  • 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.