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Rex Bromfield Favorites

Rex Bromfield is a Canadian director, screenwriter and producer who has now run away from the film making circus to stay home and write, because at home he has total control over the material . . . . You can find his curent writings here: rex-bromfield.com/ebooks/

Steamboat Bill Jr. - Silent Buster Keaton Comedy Classic

Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill Jr.I tend to try to find reasons to like all movies because I know how hard it is to get one made. I don't think anyone in the history of the cinema ever got up in the morning and said 'Okay, let's go out and make a bad movie today.' Not even Ed Wood! So I look for clues that tell me what they were trying to do. For example Buster Keaton's work in Steamboat Bill Jr. is superior to anything of that era. There are big special effects in the film that weren't matched for decades. And he used them all to make comedy! In spite of his creative control being taken away by the studio I still think Keaton made the film. I don't think there was anyone else in Hollywood who could conceive of and execute work like that.
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Rex Bromfield's Detective Favorites

Bulldog Drummond:
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police - 1939
John Howard's Bulldog Drummond gives Sherlock a run for his money. When I can't get to sleep I will put on an old B&W murder mystery to help. I stayed up right through this one.

Also check out: Arrest Bulldog Drummond, Bulldog Drummond Comes Back, Bulldog Drummond's Revenge and more.

Sherlock Holmes
Dressed to KillDressed to Kill - 1946
Basil Rathbone is great as Sherlock Holmes in all of these films based on the books of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Secret Weapon, Terror by Night, The Woman in Green.
In my opinion his performance wasn't matched until Jeremy Brett came along.

Mr. Moto's Last WarningMr. Moto's Last Warning - 1939
This film was waaay before it's time. Just read what Jimbo has to say about it.

Rex Bromfield's Science Fiction Favorites

Early science fiction is great. In the 30s, 40s and 50s they fantasized about what the 60s and 70s would be like. Some of it actually happened. Most of it didn't. There are many well known early sci fi films: Things to Come (1936), The Lost World (1925) and Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902), but there are many other films that are just as much fun to watch:

Transatlantic TunnelTransatlantic Tunnel - 1935
Science fiction was taken much more seriously in the 30s. Transatlantic Tunnel is full of fascinating detail of future life along with sub plots of family conflict and stock manipulation. Fascinating to watch.

Hands of a StrangerHands of a Stranger - 1962
Hands of a Stranger is more of a psychological drama with a science fiction theme. Nothing tacky or particularly unbelievable about it.

Phantom from SpacePhantom from Space - 1953
This film was waaay before it's time. Just read what Jimbo has to say about it.

Rex Bromfield's Comedy Favorites


Gina Lollobrigida in Beat the DevilBeat the Devil - 1953
Beat the Devil is a serious crime picture in which the criminals are totally messed up all of the time. It's loaded with stars and very funny. The screenplay is by Truman Capote and it's directed by John Huston. You can't do better than that.

Hands of a StrangerThe Flying Deuces - 1939
I discovered Laurel and Hardy when I was eleven. They taught me that, underneath the facade of maturity, adults are just as goofy as kids. Hey continue to help in that respect.

Phantom from SpaceThe Road to Bali - 1952
Though the Crosby/Hope "Road" pictures became stuck in their own formula rut, they are worth watching for the impromptu performances of Bob Hope. Hope's constant references to the film being made, the studio and sarcastic asides that predate Woody Allen's very similar quips are worth the time.

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