Film Notes

  • Roxie Hart (1942)

    The low-down story of a high-class gal! – original advertising tagline Throughout the Jazz Age, the tabloid press thrived, its “yellow journalism” aided by advances...

  • Quackser Has A Cousin In The Bronx (1970)

    This film, about an unconventional young working class man in Dublin, was filmed entirely on location. Its hero is a nonconformist who cannot read or...

  • Q Planes (1939)

    This humorous espionage thriller refuses to take itself too seriously. It is very much a precursor to the James Bond films of the 1960s, likely...

  • The Pickwick Papers (1952)

    Dickens novels teem with dozens of vivid characters, making film versions wonderful showcases for character actors. Though British actors are often unknown to North American...

  • Penthouse (1933)

    This film was made on a relatively low budget, and was enhanced by excellent character actors. Nat Pendleton has a rare chance to shine here,...

  • Pigskin Parade (1936)

    “With a college song, and a beard that’s long, we’ll be sophomores till we die!”— sung by Texas State’s perennial students, the Yacht Club Boys...

  • Oliver Twist (1922)

    Though he was big star at the time, and gives a fine performance as Fagin, it’s really no surprise that silent screen great Lon Chaney...

  • Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)

    Edith Cavell is scarcely remembered now, but after the First World War she and her story were widely known. “Edith” became a very popular French...

  • My Foolish Heart (1950)

    This movie was very popular at the time of its release and still holds up well today, but its author absolutely detested it. My Foolish...

  • Life Begins At 8:30 (1942)

    Dignified, bearded EDGAR MONTILLION (MONTY) WOOLLEY (1888 – 1963) was every bit the blue-blood he portrayed in films. He was the son of a prominent...

  • The Lady With The Lamp (1951)

    The locomotive seen in this film – the “Lion” – is one of the oldest in the world. It has appeared in several films, and...

  • Dear Ruth (1947)

    Both films shown this afternoon have some connection to J.D. Salinger, famous author and recluse, though this one is slight. Many have speculated that the...

  • Call Me Madam (1953)

    ETHEL MERMAN was born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann in 1908, in Astoria, Queens. Contrary to many people’s assumptions, she was not Jewish. Her father was a...

  • The Call of the Wild (1935)

    Shorty Houlihan: “You know, I know a coupla people who used to fool around like that and they got children now.”   Mae West With...

  • The Broken Lullaby (1932)

    This is director ERNST LUBITSCH’s most uncharacteristic movie, a poignant drama about the aftermath of World War I, and his touch here is as deft...

  • Blonde Crazy (1931)

    The Toronto Film Society presented Blonde Crazy on Sunday, February 20, 2011 in a double bill with Kid Galahad, as part of the Season 64 Sunday Afternoon Film...

  • Guilty Hands (1931)

    The Toronto Film Society presented Guilty Hands on Monday, September 30, 2013 in a double bill with In This Our Life, as part of the...

  • In This Our Life (1942)

    The Toronto Film Society presented In This Our Life on Monday, September 30, 2013 in a double bill with Guilty Hands, as part of the Season 66...

  • Behind Locked Doors (1948)

    Behind Locked Doors: MURDER was the ONLY way out! Director BUDD BOETTICHER first became involved with motion pictures along a most unusual avenue. Middle-class Midwesterner...

  • Best Foot Forward (1943)

    In this adaptation of the 1941 stage hit, Best Foot Forward follows a movie star with her career on the skids agrees to attend a...