If I don’t blog ‘em, I won’t watch ‘em. My wife, who knows my love of old mystery movies, B&W film and 40ws noir, gave me this collection for my birthday. I considered skipping the first few – well, the first 20, to be honest – and watching the ones that seemed worth the time. But that defeats the entire purpose of having a compilation of 100 movies, doesn’t it? Isn’t the point to watch them all?

In sequence?

Against your will?

Yes. This is not meant as film criticism; some entries will be short, others will be stupidly long, and I have no intention of editing any of this stuff. Life’s too short to care whether this is an A-1 quality product. In other words, this site reflects the spirit of the original material.

-- Lileks Sept. 08 (site revised 10.13)

 

#1: Bulldog Drummond's Revenge
#2: Bulldog Drummond Escapes
#3: Bulldog Drummond Farts Around in "Africa"
#4: Bulldog Drummond Get Wet in the Basement
#5: Bulldog Drummond Confronts the Fact that it is Not a Hat
#6: Bulldog Drummond Is Acting All Swiss 'n Stuff
#7: Dick Tracy vs. Woundbrute
#8: Dick Tracy vs. Frankenstein
#9: Dick Tracy vs. Shavepate

#10: The Shadow Barely Does Anything Shadow-related

#11: The Shadow Takes a Job in Journalism
#12: Peter Lorre Swims in his Best Suit
#13: Dracula vs. the Classified Ad Receptionist
#14: Boris Karloff vs. The Plot
#15: Sherlock Holmes Draws Sweping Conclusions
#16: Sherlock Holmes Disappears for Most of the Picture
#17: Sherlock Holmes Is a Tedious Bore
#18: Sherlock Holmes Suspects Moriarity
#19: Sherlock Holmes Can't Even Afford a Soundtrack
#20: Sherlock Holmes Likes to Dress Up as a Sailor
#21: Sherlock Holmes is Scornful of a Hot Dame
#22: Sherlock Holmes Winds It Up
#23: Nancy Drew Lies to Pretty Much Everyone
#24: Philo Vance Takes Forever To Tell How It Was Done
#25: Dracula Doesn't Have Much To Do
#26: Frankie Says Get in the Basement
#27: Impact! Literally
#28: They, or rather He, Walked by Night
#29: Mickey Rooney's Trying to Get Lucky
#30: Friday the Dog Foils a Nazi Plot
#31: Worst Movie Ever
#32: Yes, Boss
#33: The Green Glove, or the Case of the Exploding Groin Kick
#34: Marcus Welby Might Be Insane
#35: She Liked Bread, and Opals
#36: Claude Raines is Not Convincing
#37: This Movie Actually Needs More Nazis
#38: Com viss me
#39: Murder with Wirepictos
#40: Heil Hit - uh, I mean Good for Truman
#41:This Whole Thing is Very Fishy To Me
#42: Kansas City Confidential is Very Good
#43: Well, heck: Detour is Very Good as well. What's going on?
#44: Slap-Happy
#45: Control-Tube and Col. Picklestash
#46: Slap-Happy, Continued
#47: Leo Gorcey is Aging Poorly
#48: If you've Survived Wirepictos, Try This
#49: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
#50: These Scales Are Off, You Dirty Rat
#51: Like Watching a Movie During a Solar Flare
#52: What's in the Red House? Besides a metaphor
#53: The New Miracle Plastic
#54: It's HEDY
#55: Female Noir! Right? Right?
#56: I'll Get You, and Your Little - Oh, Guess Not; I'm Written Out
#57: Worst. Print. Ever
#58: He's Dead, Jim. Or Dreaming
#59: Bobble-head Robber
#60: Ripley's on a Tear
#61: Needs More Monsterism
#62: "Thoughtful" say the reviews. Meaning: dull
#63: How Many Lodgers Movies Can They Make?
#64: Hold that Tiger!
#65: Shoot to Bore
#66: Why isn't this better? No explanation
#67: Hell's Spice Rack
#68: Crazy Dr. Frankenstein Holmes
#69: Suspense! Or not
#70: You are seek, Polla.
#71: I'm bustin' outta here, see?
#72: Happy ending, right? Right?
#73: Gullible's Travels
#74: Bob Cummins Defies Physics
#75: Yeah, He's a Killing Machine
#76: Best Noir You've Never Seen
#77: Frankenstein vs. The Casting Director
#78: Nice Binoculars
#79: Spartacus is just HAMMERED
#80: Auto-cheat Man
#81: Movie on Screen!
#82: (Wo) Man on the Run
#83: Needs More Della
#84: Murder She Planned
#85: Movie I Watched
#86: Cyrus Redblock is a Bad Man
#87: As your doctor, I prescribe a murky, dull movie
#88: Dead Men Acting
#89: The Great Flamarian
#90: Incorporated, Inc.
#91: You can see Frank Sinatra's point
#92: 30s Workout Gear
#93: Baby-Face Morgan
#94: Mrs. Movie-star Wife tries directing
#95: Hey, No Fair
#96: Hey, No Fair AGAIN
#97: Johnny Strange
#98:Let's Pad out the Collection, Yul
#99:Let's Pad out the Collection some more
#100:Things Happened