I’ve been lucky in my choices of classic movies in the past year. Picking a top ten list proved to be too hard so I’ve gone for a top dozen. Here they are, with links to my reviews.
The Black Camel (Hamilton MacFadden, 1931) - so far my favourite Charlie Chan movie and it’s certainly the most ambitious.
Man on the Flying Trapeze (Clyde Bruckman, W.C. Fields, 1935) - terrific W.C. Fields comedy.
Sweethearts (W.S. Van Dyke, Robert Z. Leonard, 1938) - charming Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald musical.
Nocturne (Edwin L. Marin, 1946) - great hardboiled crime thriller starring George Raft, perhaps not absolutely noir if you’re a purist but an excellent movie.
Green for Danger (Sidney Gilliat, 1946) - superb English murder mystery with a dazzling performance from Alistair Sim.
Born To Kill (Robert Wise, 1947) - absolutely classic top-notch noir and there’s not the slightest doubt that this is noir. Strange, overheated and disturbing.
Corridor of Mirrors (Terence Young, 1948) - an unusual and exceptionally interesting British gothic melodrama with a slight noir flavour to it.
Wide Boy (Ken Hughes, 1952) - a fine British noir with a splendid performance from the very underrated Sydney Tafler.
You Can’t Escape (Wilfred Eades, 1956) - British suspense thriller with some nifty plot twists.
Funny Face (Stanley Donen, 1957) - delightful frothy Fred Astaire musical.
Jet Storm (Cy Endfield, 1959) - fine British aviation disaster movie.
The Third Alibi (Montgomery Tully, 1961) - excellent British mystery thriller.