TOA/V: One, Two, Three

The seldom-trumpeted comedy One, Two, Three may be best known as the film that made James Cagney leave the movie business until his swan song in Ragtime two decades later. The 1961 film had several touchstones which put it in a difficult position: spoofing the Eastern Germans and the newly erected Berlin Wall, and worse…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: Ball of Fire

Ball of Fire, a classic screwball comedy riffing on Runyonesque patois and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves: really, you say? Overlooked? You’d be amazed, but even students in my film classes seem entirely unacquainted with films many would consider classic. I suppose it’s no different from those who’d never read Beowulf or Chaucer, but…