×

melodrama

Hell’s House

Director: Howard Higgin
Country/ Year: USA 1932



Tensed up instead of intense: that’s the sentence for the maudlin plea to the public conscience of the ear, that imprisons orphaned kids, either in poverty or reform school. Still, Bette Davis shines out.

Play Movie

The Bigamist

Director: Ida Lupino
Country/ Year: USA 1953



Despite being empathically staged by Lupino, the mix of strained social drama and petty romance is overcharged with its reactionary handled themes of family ideals, emotional claims and conceit.

Play Movie

Penny Serenade

Director: George Stevens
Country/ Year: USA 1941



Irene Dunne and Cary Grant as foster parents struggling with financial difficulties are about the only thing in tune in the same old soapy song about the blessing of conservative family values.

Play Movie

Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman

Director: Stuart Heisler
Country/ Year: USA 1947



Susan Hayward’s unabated performance as a fading nightclub singer with two weaknesses – lover Ken and drink – raises the level of the shaky social drama far over that of a moral message movie.

Play Movie

Way Down East

Director: D. W. Griffith
Country/ Year: USA 1920



If the cliff-hanging image of Lilian Gish surfing on an ice floe towards a waterfall can’t oust all the hammy Hollywood hokum of today, neither will the woeful tale of her marriage and motherhood.

Play Movie

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Director: John Cromwell
Country/ Year: USA 1936



Half a century after Frances Hodgson Burnett’s source abandoned realness for tackiness, the fourth filming got it all right. At least with the cast of Mickey Rooney, E. E. Clive and Una O’Connor.

Play Movie

Broken Blossoms

Director: D. W. Griffith
Country/ Year: 1919



Blossoming Lillian Gish, beaten by her alcoholic father, finds shelter with a gentle chinese. But even such a modest relation between, quote the source novel, “Chink and child” spells tragedy.

Play Movie

Rain

Director: Lewis Milestone
Country/ Year: USA 1932



Joan Crawford as the eponymous prostitute of W. Somerset Maugham’s “Sadie Thompson” gives this slated stage-to-screen flick the sultriness both tropical heat and moral putridity lack.

Play Movie

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Director: Lewis Milestone
Country/ Year: USA 1946



Kirk Douglas‘ feature debut adds one more worthwhile touch in the iridescent palette of amorous bizarreries. The pathological characters of a story by theater author John Patrick lust less for each other than for forgiveness, self-affirmation and revenge.

Play Movie

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Director: Wallace Worsley
Country/ Year: USA 1923



Stunning sets and dizzying crowd scenes made the first cinematization of Victor Hugo’s classic the proper frame for the pain-inducing performance that boost Lon Chaney to stardom.

Play Movie

© 2017 cinemagicon. All rights reserved.