25-27. The Phantom Rider (1936, Ray Taylor)
- 279min - 1st check
--- It's a western serial. Offers the same as a one hour cheap B-western, except they stretch it out 15 chapters and nearly 5 hours. Doesn't matter if the star's name is Buck Jones. There is no saving that!
28. Kadetten [Cadets] (1939, Karl Ritter)
- 5th check
--- One of several Nazi-era films leading up to the war using the Seven-Year War as inspiration. This one aiming at the younger guard with a more vibrant looser adaptation than Fridericus (1937) which I also recently saw. Probable effective propaganda during a time they were already under the spell.
29. Kitty und die Weltkonferenz [Kitty and the World Conference] (1939, Helmut Käutner)
- 4th check
--- Too politically jolly for the Nazi regime? This harmless and super light fluff piece was quickly banned by the ruling powers in Germany. In reality it's as harmless as can be. Sweet and playful, simply to entertain the general public. A little empty for my liking, but it's one of the more fun Euro-fluff films of the era.
30. Vyborgskaya storona [The Vyborg Side] (1939, Grigoriy Kozintsev & Leonid Trauberg)
- 42nd check
--- Soviet propaganda that had it's moments, but often would become too static and talky for its own good.
31. Frun tillhanda [The Servant Girl] (1939, Gunnar Olsson)
- 7th check
--- Too old fashioned to be anything more than a relic of its time.
32. Undercover Doctor (1939, Louis King)
- 1st check
--- J. Edgar Hoover delivering all the crime cliches possible for the Undercover Doctor (1939). And since Hoover was a law man, they make it mostly about making fools of the fools, aka the criminals. The actors do their best, but most of the characters were simply caricatures. That's part of the problem when its the crimes and method that's in focus and not the people.
33. Full Confession (1939, John Farrow)
- 6th check
--- Could have done much more to add drama to this guilt trip, but at the same time it's very direct in it's behavior as Victor McLaglen keep making wrong decisions, ruining people's lives. That way, they didn't waste much time with the B-crimer.
34. Gone to the Dogs (1939, Ken G. Hall)
- 2nd check
--- Folksy Australian comedy with George Wallace. Mainly a series of silly scenarios related to animals than a story that makes much sense. Just there to have fun, but rarely too focused.
(I) (2022, Dan Trachtenberg)
- 21st check
--- Move over Cowboys & Aliens, here comes Indians & Aliens! Weirdly captivating, and a welcome different twist to the super monster genre.
36. North of Shanghai (1939, Ken G. Hall)
- 2nd check
--- They pack in a lot of action in this international reporter story, but it's very much a B-picture regardless of how hard they try to fill the hour with excitement.
37. Racketeers of the Range (1939, D. Ross Lederman)
- 3rd check
--- Another one of George O'Brien westerns that was more plot and action focused than romantic. Naturally the charmer did have his sweet talks with Marjorie Reynolds, but she was a tougher cookie, so it was best to impress her fighting for her cause against crooked people in the meat business. A good B-western, not much out of the ordinary, but Chill Wills got some decent screen time as the sidekick so that helped a little.
38. City of Lost Men (1940, Harry Revier)
- 1st check
--- Feature re-edit of the super bad and insane serial The Lost City (1935), five years later. Just goes to show, you can't save a crazy bad production, no matter how many times you edit it. Still I can't help smile at this thing.
39. Alias the Deacon (1940, Christy Cabanne)
- 1st check
--- There had been two versions of Alias the Deacon made previously. Neither of which I have seen at this point. But this third and final attempt has finally come my way. And I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Kind of a folksy tale of a naughty card shark played by Bob Burns, who in his own cunning way help the people of a small town being taken advantage of by one of the rich men there. Witty dry humor which Edward Brophy helped make broader. Plays out the way you want it.
40. Med livet som insats [They Staked Their Lives] (1940, Alf Sjöberg)
- 3rd check
--- Neutral Sweden with a quasi-world problem picture. Not brave enough, and because of it this become just a muddled war-time picture.
1. Joymati (1935, Jyotiprasad Agarwala) - 2/10 - 1st check
2. Street Singer (I) (1938, Phani Majumdar) - 4/10 - 9th check
3. Port-Arthur (1936, Nicolas Farkas) - 4/10 - 1st check
4. Delhi Durbar and Coronation (II) (1912, Gaumont British Picture Corporation) - 10min - 1st check, Tukaram (1921, Ganpat G. Shinde) - 5min - 1st check, Sukanya Savitri (1922, Kanjibhai Rathod) - 25min - 1st check, Khod Modli (1925, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke) - 1min - 1st check, Sati Savitri (I) (1927, Baburao Painter) - 31min - 2nd check, Gateway to India: Bombay (1932, James A. FitzPatrick) - 8min - 1st check
5. Konung Haakons mottagning i Kristiania [The Reception of King Haakon in Kristiania] (1905, Svensk Kinematograf) - 5min - 5th check, Lanka Dahan (1917, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke) - 5min - 3rd check, La señorita de Chicago (1931, James Parrott) - 31min - 2nd checkm In Walked Charley (1932, Warren Doane) - 21min - 3rd check, His Silent Racket (1933, Charley Chase) - 18min - 8th check
6. The Entitled (2022, Theodore Boborol) - 3/10 - 1st check
7. They Wanted to Marry (1937, Lew Landers) - 3/10 - 5th check
8. The Girl from Scotland Yard (1937, Robert G. Vignola) - 4/10 - 1st check
9. She Asked for It (1937, Erle C. Kenton) - 4/10 - 1st check
10. 52nd Street (1937, Harold Young) - 4/10 - 2nd check
11. Fridericus (1937, Johannes Meyer) - 5/10 - 6th check
12. Deputat Baltiki [Baltic Deputy] (1937, Iosif Kheifits & Aleksandr Zarkhi) - 4/10 - 8th check
13. Vacation from Love (1938, George Fitzmaurice) - 4/10 - 6th check
14. The Night Hawk (1938, Sidney Salkow) - 3/10 - 1st check
15. Novaya Moskva [The New Moscow] (1938, Aleksandr Medvedkin & Aleksandr Olenin) - 5/10 - 20th check
16. Nakimushi kozo [Crybaby Apprentice] (1938, Shirô Toyoda) - 5/10 - 2nd check
17. Hold That Co-ed (1938, George Marshall) - 6/10 - 8th check
18. Defenders of the Faith (1938, Russell Palmer) - 3/10 - 1st check
19. His Lordship Regrets (1938, Maclean Rogers) - 4/10 - 1st check
20. Federal Man-Hunt (1938, Nick Grinde) - 3/10 - 1t check
21. Pearls and Savages (1921, Frank Hurley) - 3/10 - 13th check
22-24. Flying G-Men (1939, James W. Horne & Ray Taylor) - 4/10 - 257min - 1st check
25-27. The Phantom Rider (1936, Ray Taylor) - 3/10 - 279min - 1st check
28. Kadetten [Cadets] (1939, Karl Ritter) - 5/10 - 5th check
29. Kitty und die Weltkonferenz [Kitty and the World Conference] (1939, Helmut Käutner) - 5/10 - 4th check
30. Vyborgskaya storona [The Vyborg Side] (1939, Grigoriy Kozintsev & Leonid Trauberg) - 4/10 - 42nd check
31. Frun tillhanda [The Servant Girl] (1939, Gunnar Olsson) - 3/10 - 7th check
32. Undercover Doctor (1939, Louis King) - 4/10 - 1st check
33. Full Confession (1939, John Farrow) - 5/10 - 6th check
34. Gone to the Dogs (1939, Ken G. Hall) - 4/10 - 2nd check
35. Prey (I) (2022, Dan Trachtenberg) - 6/10 - 21st check
36. North of Shanghai (1939, Ken G. Hall) - 4/10 - 2nd check
37. Racketeers of the Range (1939, D. Ross Lederman) - 4/10 - 3rd check
38. City of Lost Men (1940, Harry Revier) - 3/10 - 1st check
39. Alias the Deacon (1940, Christy Cabanne) - 6/10 - 1st check
40. Med livet som insats [They Staked Their Lives] (1940, Alf Sjöberg) - 3/10 - 3rd check