4. Cimarron – Help, Superman, the wheels are coming off

This wagon just about rolls along on one wheel…but an engaging plot and prototype superhero are not enough to save Cimarron from its director’s terminal lack of imagination Director: Wesley Ruggles Producer: William LeBaron, Wesley Ruggles Studio: RKO Radio Pictures Written by: Howard Estabrook, from the novel by Edna Ferber Starring: Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, […]

3. All Quiet on the Western Front – The Talkies Fight Back

This post is intended neither as an accusation nor as a confession… Well okay, maybe a bit of a confession… Director:  Lewis Milestone Producer: Carl Laemmle Jr Studio: Universal Written  by: George Abbott (screenplay), Maxwell Anderson (adaptation), Del Andrews (Adaption and dialogue), from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque Starring: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim Happy […]

2. The Broadway Melody – A-One Step Forward and A-Two Steps Back

Well, I’ve waded through the primordial slime of Wings – which turned out not to be so primordial – and arrived at my second post!  Director: Harry Beaumont Producer: Irving Thalberg Studio: MGM Written by: Norman Houston and James Gleason, from a story by Edmund Goulding Songs: Nacio Herb Brown (music), Arthur Freed (lyrics) Choreography: […]

1. Wings – the original Top Gun

This is so exciting – welcome to my first ever Oscar Best Picture evolutionary post! In Oscar terms, we are at primordial soup stage. Messy, yes – but oozing with potential! Director: William A. Wellman Writers: John Monk Saunders (original story), Louis D. Lighton and Hope Loring (screenplay) Producer: Lucien Hubbard Studio: Paramount Pictures Genre: […]