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Yearly Roundup – 1935

Posted by martinteller on October 9, 2012

The Cream of the Crop

Maybe the first truly “great” Hitchcock film — although I admit I’m mostly unfamiliar with the films preceding it — The 39 Steps is a crackerjack spy thriller.  Suspense, romance, comedy, drama, mystery, adventure… it’s all in there, and pulled off beautifully.  Terrific cast, terrific plot, terrific movie.

*

Slightly Less Creamy, But Still Tasty

I’m pretty weak on this year, but I will throw out a mention for Carnival in Flanders.  Despite being on the TSPDT top 1000 list, it’s a rather “under the radar” movie that deserves more attention.  Really funny — few films do “baudy” so well — and elegantly crafted, I keep hoping we’ll get a DVD/Blu-Ray release sometime.

*

Varying Degrees of Like

Bride of Frankenstein
Captain Blood
The Devil Is a Woman
Gold Diggers of 1935
Legong: Dance of the Virgins
Mutiny on the Bounty
A Night at the Opera
Oyuki the Virgin
Peter Ibbetson
Ruggles of Red Gap
A Tale of Two Cities
Toni
Top Hat

 *

Varying Degrees of Hate

none

 *

Some Notable Films In The Middle

The Informer
Triumph of the Will

Uncharted Territory

Alice Adams, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment, David Copperfield, The Downfall of Osen, G Men, The Girl in the Rumour, Hands Across the Table, An Inn in Tokyo, Mad Love, Mark of the Vampire, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Poppies, The Raven, Roberta, Sylvia Scarlett, Tit for Tat, Werewolf of London, Wife! Be Like a Rose

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2 Responses to “Yearly Roundup – 1935”

  1. I’m not the biggest fan of The 39 Steps. It’s a good film, but I thought it was too clunky without any real chemistry between the leads. I’d recommend The Skin Game and The Lodger from Hitch’s earlier work, both are excellent, and The Lodger is up there with anything Hitch has ever done.

    • I vastly prefer John Brahm’s version of THE LODGER. I’ve seen Hitchcock’s twice and it does little for me. Haven’t seen THE SKIN GAME, though.

      Of what I consider the “great” Hitchcock films, I would rank 39 STEPS near the bottom. But I still really enjoy it.

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