Warning: mysql_query() [function.mysql-query]: Access denied for user 'carl7'@'localhost' (using password: NO) in /home4/carl7/public_html/wp-content/themes/hollywoodmoviesupdated/header.php on line 28

Warning: mysql_query() [function.mysql-query]: A link to the server could not be established in /home4/carl7/public_html/wp-content/themes/hollywoodmoviesupdated/header.php on line 28

Warning: mysql_fetch_array(): supplied argument is not a valid MySQL result resource in /home4/carl7/public_html/wp-content/themes/hollywoodmoviesupdated/header.php on line 29
Hollywood Movie Memories » 1920’s crime/gangster

Posts Tagged ‘1920’s crime/gangster’

Charlie Chan In Paris

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Charlie Chan In Paris (Region One USA DVD)

Starring – Warner Oland (Charlie Chan), Mary Brian (Yvette Lamartine), Thomas Beck (Victor Descartes), John Miljan (Albert Dufresne), Keye Luke (Lee Chan).

Released – January, 1935

Directed By – Lewis Seiler

Produced By – Fox Film Corporation

Distributed By – Fox Film Corporation

Description – Detective Charlie Chan is going to Paris on vacation. At least that is what he would like people to think. Chan is actually in Paris to investigate claims made by some London bankers and customers regarding a bond-forgery scheme involving the Lamartine Bank.

This “vacation” is not without extreme risk, as repeated attempts have been made on Chan’s life. Already murdered are Chan’s Paris assistant Nardi, and the ex-boyfriend of Yvette, the daughter of Mr. Paul Lamartine the current head of the Lamartine Bank. Yvette his been falsely accused of the murder.

It appears as though the murderer is a man named Xavier, a blind beggar and a disturbed veteran of World War I. Chan’s investigation leads him to believe that Xavier may not even really exist and that it is someone, or more than one someone, that assumes that identity in order to commit the murders.

With the help of young Victor Descartes, the ward of banker Paul Lamartine, Chan discovers the location where the forged bonds are being printed, when suddenly the lights go out followed by gunfire.

NOTABLE: Charlie Chan in Paris marked the first appearance of one of Chan’s children.

For many years it was thought that this film had been lost until a print was discovered in Czechoslovakia in the 1980’s.


The Penalty

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

The Penalty: Kino Classics Special Edition [Blu-ray]

Tagline – Blizzard, master of San Francisco’s underworld, legless, deformed–the weirdest character ever presented on the screen–you’ll never forget him.

Starring – Lon Chaney (Blizzard), Charles Clary (Dr. Ferris), Doris Pawn (Barbary Nell).

Released – August, 1920

Directed By – Wallace Worsley

Produced By – Eminent Authors Pictures Incorporated, Goldwyn Pictures Corporation

Distributed By – Goldwyn Distributing Company

Description – An early American crime film that follows a gangster named Blizzard whose legs were mistakenly amputated after an accident.  Blizzard becomes a vicious criminal, and eventual mob leader, in the San Francisco underworld.

Watch Blizzard as he plots a twisted revenge against the doctor who amputated his legs.

NOTABLE:  The Penalty provided a breakout role for Lon Chaney, and helped to secure his place as one of our greatest character actors.

Against studio wishes, Chaney chose to simulate the leg amputations by having his legs tied back and wearing a very painful apparatus.  In his effort for realism, Chaney suffered permanent damage to his leg muscles.