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Mystery Of The Wax Museum Review


Very Good
Bet ya didn't know that the "original" House of Wax was a remake! Here's the real original (in fact, it was a play even before this), a 1933 film that is strikingly similar to the Vincent Price horror film, but which also borrows heavily from then-popular vampire movies. Lionel Atwill plays the Price part, but Fay Wray is more memorable as the wannabe gumshoe who's on the case of the local wax museum and why its wax figures have an uncanny resemblance to the recently dead. Made in early, two-strip Technicolor.

I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang Review


Excellent
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang probably can't take full credit for the reform of harsh prison conditions across the South in the 1930s, but there's no doubt it played a part. Its message is powerful, but luckily it's delivered by way of a dark and thrilling story that's all the more gripping because it's based on a true story. Warner Brothers took a risk with this one ("Banned in Georgia!!!"), but it paid off. Chain Gang is a minor classic that touches on all sorts of big American themes of class and justice.

James Allen (Paul Muni), a returning World War I veteran, is one of the unluckiest people you'll ever meet. His first problem: returning WWI vets were guaranteed none of the upward mobility that vets of later wars were granted. There were no G.I. Bills for these guys. Returning to his old job as a clerk in a factory, Allen knows he's changed, but his job hasn't. He stares dreamily out the window at a bridge being built and realizes that he wants to become an engineer to continue the kind of work he did in the Army.

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Mystery Of The Wax Museum Review


Very Good
Bet ya didn't know that the "original" House of Wax was a remake! Here's the real original (in fact, it was a play even before this), a 1933 film that is strikingly similar to the Vincent Price horror film, but which also borrows heavily from then-popular vampire movies. Lionel Atwill plays the Price part, but Fay Wray is more memorable as the wannabe umshoe who's on the case of the local wax museum and why its wax figures have an uncanny resemblance to the recently dead. Made in early, two-strip Technicolor.

Little Caesar Review


Very Good
With James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson was one of the icons of gangster cinema. Little Caesar would be his most noteworthy role, as Cesare "Rico" Bandello, an aspiring gangster who hits it big, only to crash and burn, winding up in the gutter.

Robinson's sneering performance is such an archetype it's worth seeing for that alone. The story, alas, is kind of a dud. Not much of Rico's rise and fall is explained -- he just rides the script's randomness, looking for opportunities to scowl his way through another scene. I mean this in the best way possible.

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