Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rope’: Murder! Wit! More Gay Coloring than You Can Shake a Stick at! (review)

Brandon (John Dall) and Phillip (Farley Granger) kill their acquaintance David (Dick Hogan) because they want to test their theory that “Moral concepts of right and wrong don’t hold for the intellectually superior.” Phillip immediately regrets it, while Brandon is “tremendously exhilarated” (that’s ‘40s talk for orgasmic). They then proceed to throw the body inContinue reading “Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rope’: Murder! Wit! More Gay Coloring than You Can Shake a Stick at! (review)”

‘Mad Love’: Pleasantly Not Racist for the 1930s (review)

Not to be confused with the 1995 film of the same name. Yvonne (Frances Drake) is a Grand Guignol-type actress; her adoring husband Stephen (Colin Clive) is a famous pianist. She is also admired by loony Dr. Gogol (Peter Lorre), a surgeon famous for performing difficult transplants, who is desperate to have her to himself.Continue reading “‘Mad Love’: Pleasantly Not Racist for the 1930s (review)”