The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) – Episode 70

The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) - Myrna Loy

Welcome to today’s show, The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932). It features many European actors with taped-backed eyes but I going to go with “that’s how it was done back then” and move on. Boris Karloff and Jean Hersholt were amazing in their roles. Myrna Loy was fantastic playing an evil sex crazed fiend. I used to seeing her in roles like The Thin Man (1934) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). Of course this movie has archeologists which always draws me in. ACTORS Boris Karloff was up to the role of Dr. Fu Manchu…

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Stagecoach (1939) – Episode 61

Stagecoach (1939)

  Welcome to today’s show, Stagecoach (1939), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. I am continuing the series about people trying to go somewhere or get somethings done and there are obstacles in the way. Stagecoach (1939) was the first sound western and the first of many times that director John Ford used Monument Valley as the setting for a film. This movie was meant a vehicle to launch two stars. For one it took, and for the other not so much. Dallas, was a woman of shall we say low moral values or in another word Awesome. The church ladies of the town loaded her up on the stage. You know…

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King Kong (1933) – 1

King Kong (1933)

  For my first movie review, I am taking on the king of them all – King Kong (1933). This is the king, see what I did there, of all monster movies and set the bar for what was to come. This movie used innovative techniques such as glass paintings, miniature sets, rear projection, traveling mattes, full-scale articulated creatures, and stop-motion photography to layer the action.[1] [2] [3] When this movie was shown in 1933, the audiences had never seen anything like it. This movie has been remade many times, 1976, 2005, 2017, and many variations of the story. Although some are visually striking, none has matched the original. If I say King Kong and you think of the 1976 or the 2005 version, or even the 2017 version, you clearly have never seen a good copy of the 1933 version. I’m talking about the 1933 real King Kong, the one with bi-planes and Fay Wray. This is an American-made film in the monster/adventure genre. It was never nominated for…

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