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3 things about William Dieterle’s LAWYER MAN

Lawyer Man [1932] 1. Dipping breadsticks in wine. 2. “Say, what’s the matter with these clothes? Aren’t they all right?” “Sure. They’ve been all right since the armistice.” 3. Sterling Holloway in a tiny role.

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3 things about Mervyn LeRoy’s THREE ON A MATCH

Three on a Match [1932] 1. “I can tell you’re a real woman. Not one of those stuffed brassieres you see on Park Avenue.” 2. Bette Davis in a “bathing costume.” 3. A truly shocking death. The discovery of a … Continue reading

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3 things about Howard Bretherton and William Keighley’s LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT

Ladies They Talk About [1933] 1. “For a dumb dick you’ve got a memory like an elephant.” 2. A fascinating scene where a black woman backtalks to an older white woman, without any real reprisal. And the penitentiary is integrated! … Continue reading

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3 things about William Wellman’s NIGHT NURSE

Night Nurse [1931] 1. Chewing gum during the recitation of the oath. 2. “I’m a dipsomaniac and I’m proud of it! You hear? I’m a dipsomaniac and I like it!” 3. An offscreen murder, and everyone lives happily every after. … Continue reading

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