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(or, what happens when one woman decides to quit watching The X-Files and get reel)
This page and the ones on this site below it represent a highly individual, eclectic approach to classic film and the history of early Hollywood. The first section consists of links to outstanding Web sites -- interesting that so many of them seem to be non-commercial labors of love -- and the second lists the classic movies I've seen, and provides links to the short reviews that I am writing. Also available is a bibliography of books about early Hollywood.

Valuable movie sites

The Internet Movie Database
Infinitely useful and vast, although not always accurate for older films.

Greatest Films
One person's painstaking and comprehensive collection of reviews, stills, plot summaries, quotations, and lots more.

Moderntimes
An elegantly designed and content-heavy collection of articles, sound clips, still images, and more, with sections on the author's favorite actors (most notably Edward G. Robinson and Barbara Stanwyck). Fascinating section about the early history of black people in film.

Classic Film at the Mining Company
Annotated pointers to the Web's collection of film resources.

The Silents Majority
The online journal of silent film.

Taylorlogy
An utterly engrossing collection of newsletters about the unsolved 1922 murder of silent film director William Desmond Taylor. Provides a great deal of social history about early Hollywood, mostly through interviews with silent film stars. Part of the University of New Orleans' Drama and Communications department's collection of silent film sites.

The Silent Film Bookshelf
A collection of primary source material about silent film (contemporary reviews, articles about the industry, and so forth), updated monthly.

Frequently asked questions for alt.movies.silent
Lots more links and pointers to resources, online and off. (Rick Levinson and I maintain these.)


Pre-1950 movies that I've seen

This section lists all the movies made in the years up to 1950 that I've seen in the past while; I include 1950 because All About Eve is so good. I'm slowly writing capsule reviews of each of them, so stay tuned. Each year is (or will be) a link to a page of reviews for that year. Keep in mind: everything before 1927 is silent.

1909
The Light That Came

1911
In the Days of '49

1914
At Dawn
The Squaw Man
Tillie's Punctured Romance

1915
The Birth of a Nation

1916
The Rink

1917
The Poor Little Rich Girl

1919
Back to God's Country
Broken Blossoms
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Don't Shove

1920
The High Sign
The Mark of Zorro
One Week
Page Me!
Suds
Way Down East

1921
The Boat
The Idle Class
The Kid

1922
Nanook of the North
The Primitive Lover

1923
The Covered Wagon
The Love Nest
Our Hospitality
Safety Last
The White Rose

1924
The Navigator

1925
Cyrano de Bergerac
Go West
My Lady of Whims
The Phantom of the Opera
Seven Chances

1926
The Black Pirate
The Desert's Toll
The Fire Brigade
Love 'Em and Leave 'Em
The Son of the Sheik
Sparrows

1927
Call of the Cuckoo
The Fighting Eagle
Getting Gertie's Garter
The Jazz Singer
My Best Girl

1928
The Crowd
Feel My Pulse
The Little Wild Girl
Show People
Speedy
Steamboat Bill, Jr.

1929
Diary of a Lost Girl
The Four Feathers

1930
All Quiet on the Western Front
Animal Crackers
Feet First
The Silent Enemy
The White Hell of Pitz Palu

1931
City Lights
Frankenstein
M
Parlor, Bedroom and Bath
Platinum Blonde

1932
Air Mail
Grand Hotel
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Rain

1933
Dinner at Eight
Duck Soup
The Kennel Murder Case
King Kong
She Done Him Wrong

1934
Friends of Mr. Sweeney
It Happened One Night
The Richest Girl in the World
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Thin Man
Twentieth Century

1935
The Informer
Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Mark of the Vampire
Riffraff
Top Hat
The Whole Town's Talking

1936
Black Legion
Come and Get It
Dodsworth
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
Follow the Fleet
The Great Ziegfeld
Libeled Lady
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Modern Times
My Man Godfrey
The Prisoner of Shark Island
Swing Time
A Woman Rebels

1937
The Life of Emile Zola
Lost Horizon
The Man Who Could Work Miracles
Quality Street
Stella Dallas
Thunder in the City
You Can't Have Everything

1938
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Bringing Up Baby
The Divorce of Lady X
Jezebel
The Lady Vanishes
Room Service

1939
Bachelor Mother
Beau Geste
The Cat and the Canary
Dark Victory
Drums Along the Mohawk
The Four Feathers
Gunga Din
Honolulu
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Ninotchka
The Wizard of Oz
The Women
Wuthering Heights

1940
Angels Over Broadway
Christmas in July
Down Argentine Way
Fantasia
Foreign Correspondent
The Great Dictator
The Great McGinty
His Girl Friday
The Letter
The Philadelphia Story
Pride and Prejudice
Rebecca
Seventeen
Texas
They Drive by Night

1941
Ball of Fire
Buck Privates
Citizen Kane
The Devil and Miss Jones
Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Life with Henry
The Little Foxes
The Maltese Falcon
Meet John Doe
"Pimpernel" Smith
Shadow of the Thin Man
Sullivan's Travels

1942
Across the Pacific
After Midnight with Boston Blackie
Casablanca
Dr. Broadway
The Magnificent Ambersons
The More the Merrier
Mrs. Miniver
Now, Voyager
Once Upon a Honeymoon
The Palm Beach Story
Saboteur
Springtime in the Rockies
Woman of the Year

1944
Bowery to Broadway
Double Indemnity
Gaslight
Going My Way
Hail the Conquering Hero
Laura
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
To Have and Have Not
The Woman in the Window

1945
The Bells of St. Mary's
Brief Encounter
Christmas in Connecticut
The Lost Weekend
Murder, He Says
Wonder Man

1946
The Best Years of Our Lives
Great Expectations
A Matter of Life and Death (released in the US as Stairway to Heaven)
Notorious
To Each His Own

1947
Boomerang!
Crossfire
Dead Reckoning
Magic Town
Monsieur Verdoux
Odd Man Out
Out of the Past
Song of the Thin Man

1948
Key Largo
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
State of the Union
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Unfaithfully Yours

1949
I Was a Male War Bride
The Heiress
Thieves' Highway
Whisky Galore!

1950
All About Eve
Cage of Gold




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