YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (Frank Capra, 1938)

Frank Capra won his third directorial Oscar for the zany, frequently hilarious social comedy You Can’t Take It with You, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Robert Riskin wrote the film, which also won the best picture Oscar, to neutralize the tart Leftist politics of the original and […]

CALL NORTHSIDE 777 (Henry Hathaway, 1947)

Based on the actual case of a 1932 Chicago cop-killing during a store robbery, where two Polish-Americans, later exonerated, were prosecuted and sentenced to life imprisonment, Call Northside 777 is director Henry Hathaway’s finest achievement. It is Hathaway who had introduced (in The House on 92nd Street, 1945) the postwar style that applied documentary realism […]

BORN TO DANCE (Roy Del Ruth, 1936)

An amalgamation of elements from three recent films—Morning Glory (Lowell Sherman, 1933), 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon, 1933), Follow the Fleet (Mark Sandrich, 1936)—and an anticipation of another hit, On the Town (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, 1949), Roy Del Ruth’s Born to Dance sings and dances and charms—except when it doesn’t. At 109 minutes it wears […]