THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (Raoul Walsh, 1940)

Taking their cue from a mindless “featurette” that has been affixed to the recently released DVD of Raoul Walsh’s estimable They Drive by Night, writers have been leaving readers with the false impression that the film lacks unity, is incoherent. Film historians and “critics” (really, reviewers), interviewed, recite some obvious facts, and, following the cues […]

MOONTIDE (Archie Mayo, Fritz Lang, 1942)

Jean Gabin was in his early forties when he made his first American film (Julien Duvivier’s 1944 The Imposter was the only other) during the Second World War, when he was stranded in Hollywood. This was Moontide, written by John O’Hara from a novel by Willard Robertson. (That same year, Gabin’s Quai des brûmes co-star, […]