Blood on the Sun is a 1945 American drama romantic thriller war film directed by Frank Lloyd starring James Cagney and Sylvia Sidney. The film is based on a fictional history behind the Tanaka Memorial document. The film won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction for a Black & White (Wiard Ihnen, A. Roland Fields) film in 1945. A… Read more →
The Amazing Mr. X (1948), also known as The Spiritualist, is a film noir directed by Bernard Vorhaus with cinematography by John Alton. Like Nightmare Alley (1947), this film tells the story of a phony spiritualist racket. The film is prominently featured in Alton’s book on cinematography Painting with Light (1949). The film stars Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O’Donnell,… Read more →
Tangled Destinies is a 1932 American murder mystery film directed by Frank R. Strayer. The film is also known as Who Killed Harvey Forbes? in the United Kingdom. Frank R. Strayer / Public domain Info.
One Exciting Night is a 1922 American Gothic silent Mystery film directed by D. W. Griffith. The plot revolves around a series of murders on a wealthy estate and the attempts of the cast to uncover the murderer’s identity. The success of both the Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood play The Bat (1920), as well as the 1922 stage… Read more →
The Clutching Hand (in full, The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand) is a 1936 15-episode serial produced by the Weiss Brothers based on the final Craig Kennedy novel of the 1934 same name by Arthur B. Reeve. A 70-minute feature film using a condensed version of the serial was also released in the same year. In it, the famous… Read more →
White Tiger is a 1923 American crime film directed by Tod Browning starring Priscilla Dean and featuring Wallace Beery in a supporting role. Tod Browning [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
The Last Warning is a 1929 American mystery film directed by Paul Leni, and starring Laura La Plante, Montagu Love, and Margaret Livingston. Its plot follows a New York producer’s attempt to re-stage a play five years after one of the original cast members was murdered in the theater. The film is based on the 1922 Broadway melodrama of the… Read more →
The Ghost Train is a 1941 British mystery thriller film directed by Walter Forde based on the 1923 play of the same name written by Arnold Ridley. Plot: Tommy Gander (Arthur Askey), a vaudeville comedian, pulls the communication cord on a GWR express train, bringing it to a stop so he can retrieve his hat. Returning to the train, he… Read more →
The Black Raven is a 1943 American film directed by Sam Newfield, produced and released by Producers Releasing Corporation. Cast: George Zucco as Amos Bradford aka The Raven Wanda McKay as Lee Winfield Robert Livingston as Allen Bentley Noel Madison as Mike Bardoni Byron Foulger as Horace Weatherby Charles B. Middleton as Sheriff Robert Middlemass as Tim Winfield Glenn Strange… Read more →
The Rogues’ Tavern is a 1936 American murder mystery film directed by Robert F. Hill and starring Wallace Ford, Barbara Pepper, and Joan Woodbury. Plot: It is a bleak and windy night when Jimmy Kelly (Wallace Ford) and Marjorie Burns (Barbara Pepper) check into the Red Rock Tavern with plans to marry as soon as possible. Everyone in the tavern… Read more →