Rafter Romance (1933, Seiter): USA

Viewed by Larry Gleeson during the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, California.

Leonard Maltin, one of the world’s most respected film critics and historians, introduced the screening of Rafter Romance,  at the historic Hollywood Egyptian Theater, built in 1922. The film stars Norman Foster and a young Ginger Rogers (just before her first film with Fred Astaire, Flying Down to Rio).

Rafter Romance is a pre-code romantic comedy about two roommates sharing an apartment in a multi-level tenement on a shift basis but have actually never met. As each begins to resent the other’s bad habits, they exchange barbed notes and engage in several hilarious pranks orchestrated against each other. Meanwhile, the two meet outside the apartment and fall in love. Both are juggling careers and trying to make ends meet providing several additional, highly comedic scenes.

Rogers displays a remarkable sweetness and delicious lightness as she moves through the set designs. Dutch-born David Abel provides an eye-pleasing cinematography with a plethora of medium shots coupled with luminous tracking shots. Costumer Bernard Newman, provides several, stylish wardrobe accoutrements with full-length skirts,

Posted at 4pm on 04/18/17 | 2 comments | Filed Under: Films read on

Love Crazy (Conway, 1941): USA

Reviewed by Larry Gleeson. Viewed during the 8th Annual Turner Classic Movie (TCM) Film Festival.

Jack Conway of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) directed  Love Crazy, the first film I viewed at the 2017 TCM Film Festival, dedicated to recently deceased, long-time TCM Host and film historian, Robert Osborne. The film screened at the historic Hollywood Egyptian Theatre, built in 1922, after a brief introductory backdrop of the film by special TCM guest, Dana Delaney.

Love Crazy was the tenth film (out of the fourteen the two made together) in seven years by the leading couple of William Powell and Myrna Loy. The duo was best known for their high brow quips and playful banter starting in 1934 with the pre-code, comedy-mystery, The Thin Man. Powell and Loy would go on to make five additional Thin Man movies; After the Thin Man (1936), Another Thin Man (1939), Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), The Thin Man Goes Home (1944), and Song of the Thin Man (1947).

Love Crazy opens with the familiar quips and double entendres as the couple they portray, Susan and Steve Ireland, is ready to

Posted at 7pm on 04/17/17 | 4 comments | Filed Under: Films read on