Possessed (1931) starring Joan Crawford, Clark Gable

Possessed

Possessed (1931) starring Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Ford

Possessed is a pre-code story of the allure of wealth and easy living — though at a price, for a beautiful young woman. She becomes a successful attorney’s mistress, and slowly falls in love with him …

All Through the Night (1942) starring Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre

All Through the Night [Humphrey Bogart]

All Through the Night (1942) starring Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre

Synopsis

In All Through the Night, Humphrey Bogart plays a New Yorker with underworld connections who battle Nazi saboteurs planning to sink a battleship.

Harvey, starring James Stewart, Josephine Hull

Harvey

Harvey (1950), starring James Stewart, Josephine Hull

Synopsis of Harvey



James Stewart gives one of his finest performances in this lighthearted film as the good-natured Elwood P. Dowd.  His constant companion is Harvey, a six-foot tall rabbit that only he can see. To his sister, Veta Louise, Elwood’s obsession with Harvey has been a thorn in the side of her plans to marry off her daughter. But when Veta Louise decides to put Elwood in a mental hospital, a hilarious mix-up occurs and she finds herself committed instead. It’s up to Elwood to straighten out the mess with his kindly philosophy, and his “imaginary” friend, in this popular classic.

The Mummy's Hand movie poster

The Mummy’s Hand

The Mummy’s Hand  (1940) starring Dick Foran, Wallace Ford, Peggy Moran

If there’s one deadly sin committed by  The Mummy’s Hand, it’s that it’s too slow–and I’m not talking about the shambling movement of Kharis the living mummy.   The titular mummy doesn’t make his first appearance until an hour into the movie, which has spent far too long in setting the scene.   Handsome, young archaeologist Steve Banning (Dick Foran) is stuck in Egypt, without the funds to pursue his archeological dig.   His friend Babe Jensen (Wallace Ford) is along as comic relief.

The Mummy's Hand movie posterAfter Babe fails to swindle a fellow American they meet at a bar with a card trick (actually a traveling magician, The Great Solvani, played by Cecil Kellaway), the magician decides to fund their expedition with his life’s savings–for no clear reason.   His beautiful daughter (Peggy Moran) tracks down “the swindlers” and tries to encourage them to give back the money (with the aid of a trick pistol from their magic act)–but it’s too late, the money’s been spent, and she swiftly begins falling in love with the handsome archaeologist.