1932, Warner Bros., 76 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz

A journalist (Lee Tracy) follows a trail of bodies left by the cannibalistic Moon Killer, eventually arriving at the medical academy run by Dr. Xavier (Lionel Atwill). With no shortage of suspects among his staff, Doctor X and the reporter race to identify the culprit before lovely Joan (Fay Wray) becomes his next victim. Curtiz and many of his cast and crew members soon would reteam for another two-color Technicolor thriller, MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM.

1947, Film Noir Foundation, 74 min, USA, Dir: John Reinhardt

A crusading newspaper editor (Lee Tracy) gets more than he bargained for when he hires a private dick (Don Castle) to protect him from riled-up gangsters. Los Angeles' Union Station and Malibu figures in. With exchanges like "Can I take you to dinner sometime?" "Sure, the second Thursday of next week," this film is as witty and moody as any B-noir of the era. NOT ON DVD!

1933, Warner Bros., 96 min, USA, Dir: Victor Fleming

Victor Fleming’s positively breakneck-pace satire of Hollywood. Jean Harlow is at her peak as harried Lola Burns, a movie matinee idol being driven crazy by relentless press agent Lee Tracy (who also has the hots for her). The movie she’s shooting with director heartthrob Pat O’Brien is modeled after RED DUST. Naughty double entendres fly fast and furious in this razor-sharp and unabashedly shameless screwball comedy produced by M-G-M.

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