The Phantom of Chinatown (1940)

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The Phantom of Chinatown (1940) is the sixth and final installment of the James Lee Wong series produced by Monogram Pictures.  A young Jimmy Wong, played by Keye Luke instead of Boris Karloff, arrives at a lecture given by a former professor.  The lecture is about an expedition to China, which uncovered the secret of the Eternal Flame.  Midway through

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From Easy Street to High Noon

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From Easy Street to High Noon was originally my second E-book, which is now also available as a paperback.  It is a collection of writings on classic films.  Some of the films include Easy Street (1916) starring Charles Chaplin, Nosferatu (1922), Million Dollar Legs (1932) starring W.C. Fields, Laura (1944) and High Noon (1952) starring Gary Cooper. Some of the

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Bela Lugosi in Black Dragons (1942)

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Monogram Pictures produced Black Dragons (1942) shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Monogram released the film on March 6, 1942.  Most Monogram films were completed in less than two weeks, so it was not difficult to produce a film so close to the actual bombing.  Bela Lugosi was the biggest name in the film. “B” movie companies only advantage was a short production

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Who Is The Scarlet Claw?

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A number of the old Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes movies have recently become available through YouTube and other sites.  The Universal series, is well done for a “B” film series.  This film would have warmed the audience up for the main feature like Double Indemnity (1944). In this particular film, Sherlock Holmes, played by Rathbone, is in Quebec, Canada with Dr.

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What is Mise-en-Scene?

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Film scholars argued for years about what is mise-en-scene.  I agree with Andre Bazin’s interpretation of the term.  Mise-en-scene consists of set design, props, costuming and lighting but not camera movement, editing or sound.  While camera movement, editing and sound all add to the visual presentation, the focus of mise-en-scene is the look of the scene. During the German Expressionism

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Mr. Wong in The Fatal Hour (1940)

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The Fatal Hour (1940) is the fourth of the six Mr. Wong films by Monogram Pictures.  Mr. Wong is assisting Capt. Bill Street in investigating the death of his friend Dan Grady.  Grady is a police detective assigned to smuggling.  He is also a childhood friend of Capt. Street.  They joined the police department at the same time and worked their ways

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