Category Archives: Movies

Matt Frewer is Sherlock Holmes in “The Sign of Four” (2001) – reviewed by George

This is the best, most wonderful version yet, and is not likely to be bested in the future. Striking changes add suspense and excitement, and the ending is outstandingly excellent. To start with, the prologue is very well done – … Continue reading

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Zasu Pitts as Hildegarde Withers in “Forty Naughty Girls” (1937) – reviewed by George

This last film in the Hildegarde Withers mystery movie series from RKO is a Broadway backstage story with two murders. The first victim is the company’s press agent/publicist “Windy” Bennett (Edward Marr) and the second is writer/singing actor Tommy Washburn … Continue reading

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The Wizard of Oz (1925) – reviewed by George

A toymaker is finishing a scarecrow doll and he places it beside dolls of a young girl and a man of tin. His granddaughter comes in with a book and wants him to read to her. The story: Once upon … Continue reading

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The Magic Cloak (1914) – reviewed by George

The fairies of Oz assemble in the moonlight and weave a magic cloak that will grant each wearer one wish, then can be given to another who also gets a wish. The only caveat is that, if stolen, the cloak … Continue reading

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His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914) – reviewed by George

King Krewl (Raymond Russell) orders Princess Gloria (Vivian Reed) to marry Googly-goo, a courtier, but she refuses – she is in love with a gardener’s boy Pon (Todd Wright). Krewl tries to break them up, but they just meet secretly. … Continue reading

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Matt Frewer is Sherlock Holmes in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (2000) – reviewed by George

I was open, but I really didn’t expect such a good movie after having seen a lot of “Hounds”. The screenwriter Joe Wiesenfeld has done a really good job of getting all of the elements in, even Mr. Frankland and … Continue reading

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Zasu Pitts as Hildegarde Withers in “The Plot Thickens” – reviewed by George

The film starts with an astrological cop in Central Park asking everyone when they were born, and then giving them advice from his astrology paperback, based on their birth date. Not everyone is amused, but the cop is pretty jovial, … Continue reading

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The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) – reviewed by George

L. Frank Baum’s Oz books were published between 19oo and 1920, and in 1914 he formed The Oz Film Manufacturing Company to make movies out of his books. This is the first feature-length film from that company. Ojo, a Munchkin … Continue reading

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Where the Spies Are (1965) – reviewed by George

At British Intelligence a group of recruits is being shown a training film dealing with devices like a watch that sends out a locator signal on a timed basis, and a pen that holds a lethal injection. At the conclusion … Continue reading

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Helen Broderick as Hildegarde Withers in “Murder on a Bridle Path” (1936) – reviewed by George

Edna May Oliver only made the first three Hildegarde Withers movies, then left RKO for MGM. Helen Broderick took over for this one film, and the last two featured a surprise (tune in next week). However, beginning with this film … Continue reading

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