Warner Brothers was noted for its emphasis on films that dealt with social problems. Each Dawn I Die is a prison film pairing James Cagney with tough guy George Raft – a man with intimate knowledge of underworld characters.
One of the first things you realize watching 1939’s Another Thin Man is that the mystery hardly matters. Watch it for the sophisticated humor and the superb banter between stars William Powell and Myrna Loy.
It’s difficult for modern viewers to appreciate the immense popularity of MGM’s Andy Hardy films of the late 1930s and early ‘40s. Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever is the seventh release in the 18-film series that began in 1937 and didn’t wrap up until 1958.
Baby boomers who grew up watching Bob Hope on television may not realize that he was a major movie star as well. In 1939’s “old dark house” film, The Cat and the Canary, Hope is clearly the most interesting thing on the screen.