1932: Island of Lost Souls

In the wake of 1931’s Dracula and Frankenstein, 1932 was another big year for horror movies. Most of the best known were produced by Universal Pictures but Paramount got into the act with this adaptation of H G Wells’s The Island of Dr Moreau. Edward Parker (Richard Arlen as a fairly conventional hero) survives a…

1931: The Public Enemy

The Public Enemy: If the silent era of American cinema was dominated by escapism in the form of romantic melodrama, comedy and swashbuckling adventure, it seems that by the time sound had become established the studios were discovering an appetite for something darker and grittier…

1930: Hell’s Angels

HELL’S ANGELS: We’ve finally reached a year in which all the films I’ve watched are sound films. Not only that, but sound technology has reached a point where it’s not so clunky as to be a distraction, and directors and editors are getting to grips with the style and pacing of sound pictures. It was…