The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Robert Wise

If we don’t stop killing each other we will be exterminated. That’s the message given by one of the greatest science fiction films ever made. World War II ended with the dropping of a couple of devastating nuclear bombs over two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 129,000 people. Over the next few […]

The Dark Corner (1946) Henry Hathaway

Long before video became the standard home format for movies taken by family of loved ones, friends, and maybe even of some gory accidents you happen to come across that may make it on the local news, there were 8mm home movies. One of my uncles was the first in the family to have an […]

8 By 8 By 8 – A Small Celebration

Twenty Four Frames was started eight years ago this month. It wasn’t much and as I looked back at some of the post I wrote back then they came across as pretty bad.  I’ve grown, me thinks, as has the blog. As sort of a small celebration, for lack of a better term, I have come up […]

12 Days of Classic Movies: #Pay Classics Forward for Christmas

Aurora from ONCE UPON A SCREEN came up with a great and fun way to spread the holiday cheer and for folks to take a break from the rushing around during this joyous, but sometimes, stressful Christmas season.  Share some favorite films and #PayClassicsForward on your blogs, by noting your recommendations in the comments or sharing across social media.The challenge […]

Brute Force (1947) Jules Dassin

Jules Dassin’s Brute Force is a brutally, cruel, claustrophobic prison film that will turn your knuckles bloody to the skin. This was the director’s first venture into the world of film noir. It has a tough hard core texture, thanks to not only Dassin’s sharp direction, but the cinematography of William H. Daniels (The Naked […]

Framed (1947) Richard Wallace

Framed is James M. Cain light. It’s Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice, shaken and stirred. All the ingredients are there, the protagonist, the sap of a guy falling hard for a duplicitous femme fatale who crosses and double crosses anyone who gets in her way. There’s also the dame’s lover, a debonair, […]

Let Us Live (1939) John Brahm

      Let Us Live is based on a March 1936 Harper’s magazine article by Boston Globe crime reporter, Joseph F. Dinneen, called Murder in Massachusetts. Dinneen’s true story focuses on two taxi cab drivers identified by almost a dozen witnesses for killing a man during a Lynn, Massachusetts movie theater robbery. The real killers, […]