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3 things about Mervyn LeRoy’s HEAT LIGHTNING

Heat Lightning [1934] 1. “You go your way, and we’ll go the way of all flesh.” 2. She proffers her face for a kiss and he complies unenthusiastically. 3. A guitar and a voice and the heat lightning in the … Continue reading

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3 things about Ernst Lubitsch’s TROUBLE IN PARADISE

Trouble in Paradise [1932] 1. “See here, my good man. You’ve been saying good-bye for the last half hour and staying on. I wish you’d say ‘How do you do?’ and go.” 2. Giant Art Deco hall clock with built-in … Continue reading

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3 things about Edward Cline’s MILLION DOLLAR LEGS

Million Dollar Legs [1932] 1. Dismantled nightclub. 2. “You’ll always be Sweetheart to me.” 3. Double gold medals. 3 other things.

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3 things about Dorothy Arzner’s MERRILLY WE GO TO HELL

Merrily We Go to Hell [1932] 1. He explains that he’s on the wagon. Immediately she mentions that if he needs it, there’s a bottle in the closet. 2. She’s powdering her nose. “I spent the morning realizing that we’re … Continue reading

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3 things about A. Edward Sutherland’s MURDERS IN THE ZOO

Murders in the Zoo [1933] 1. Bloody stitches. 2. Everything from soup to nuts. 3. Boa constrictor. It’s astonishing how much Kathleen Burke resembles Marion Cotillard in this movie.

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3 things about William A. Seiter’s HOT SATURDAY

Hot Saturday [1932] 1. Rare sighting of Cary Grant in a white suit. 2. Lights on the dance floor which illuminate the ladies’ legs. 3. The biggest flask I’ve ever seen.

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3 things about Mitchell Leisen’s MURDER AT THE VANITIES

Murder at the Vanities [1934] 1. All-too-brief ode to marijuana that ends with blood dripping onto the bare shoulders of a chorus girl. 2. Arpeggio, arpeggio, arpeggio! Ellington hams it up at the piano. 3. “Cocktails for Two” is a … Continue reading

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3 things about Wesley Ruggles’ I’M NO ANGEL

I’m No Angel [1933] 1. The judge discreetly conveys a “don’t push it” message. 2. Beulah brings in a small tray with two tiny drinks on it and sets it on the edge of the piano. 3. “It’s not the … Continue reading

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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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