Marja McGraw - Mystery Writer
Vintage Movies
Both Sandi and Chris have a passion for old movies, so on their behalf I've added this Vintage Movie page. Check back from time to time for different films.

     

Escape in the Fog (1945) stars Nina Foch and William Wright. Watch for Otto Kruger in this film, too.

Eilene Carr (Nina Foch) has nightmares about a man’s murder, only to meet the man in her dreams in her hotel. Barry Malcolm (William Wright) listens to the nurse’s story, but doesn’t quite believe her. Regardless, she accompanies him to a meeting.

Unknown to her, Barry is part of an espionage plot involving foreign agents. She unwittingly becomes a part of the plot.

While this movie didn’t receive rave reviews, it’s still worth watching. Draw your own conclusions.




Haunted Honeymoon (1940) stars Robert Montgomery and Constance Cummings as Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane.

Lord Wimsey, an amateur detective, and Harriet Van, a mystery writer, marry. As a wedding gift, Harriet gives matching charms (open handcuffs) to herself and her husband. They promise each other they won’t become involved in any more crimes. They’re retiring from the business of crime.

As a wedding gift Peter buys her childhood home. They are to meet Noakes, the previous owner, at the house to pick up the keys. He’s not there, so they borrow keys from his niece to get inside the house and after some antics they find his body in the basement. He’s been murdered. So much for promising not to involve themselves in another crime. There are too many interesting suspects to pass up the chance to sleuth.

A fun mystery very much in the style of 1930s movies. You’ll enjoy Lord Peter Wimsey and his wife, Harriet.


Margie (1946) stars Jeanne Crain and Glenn Langan.

In the 1940s, Margie and her daughter are cleaning out the attic when her daughter starts asking questions about her teenage years.

As a teenager in the 1920s who lives with her grandmother, Margie is uncertain of herself and her life. She’s her own person and shares her political views on a debate team, but that’s not a “cool” thing to do in those days. Her father is a mortician, which doesn’t necessarily help.  A boyfriend with a prominent Adam’s apple and a cute new teacher keep her on her toes. Watch her grow and change and have a good time doing it. By the way, a pair of pantaloons plays an important part in Margie's escapades. Imagine that!

This movie has vintage music, dancing and plenty of good old-fashioned fun. It’s a feel good film and at the end you’ll probably walk away with a smile on your face.

Movies Previously Showcased on the Vintage Movie Page

The African Queen (1951)
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
Eyes in the Night (1942)
The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
Arsenic & Old Lace (1944)
Topper Returns (1941)
Gaslight (1944)
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1947)
Nocturn (1946)
Mystery of Mr. X (1934)
The Egg & I (1947)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
Rebecca (1940)
The Blue Dahlia (1946)
Conflict (1945)
Mrs. Pollifax - Spy (1971)
Fingers at the Window (1942)
The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939)
Night Must Fall (1937)
A Night to Remember (1943)
I Love a Mystery (1945)
The Time of Their Lives (1946)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Johnny Belinda (1948)
The Fuller Brush Girl (1950)
Star of Midnight (1935)
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
The Tall Target (1951)
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
The Plot Thickens (1936)
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
Portrait of Jenny (1948)
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Two O'Clock Courage (1945)
The Bad Seed (1956)
The Window (1949)
Twelve Angry Men (1957)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Death on the Diamond (1934)
Secondhand Lions (2003)
Stolen Memories: Secrets of the Rose Garden (1996)
The Kiss of Death (1932)
Woman In White (1948)
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1948)

Series
Red Skelton "Whispering..." Series (1940s)
Nancy Drew Series (1930s)
Charlie Chan Series
(Beginning in 1926)
Blondie Series (1938-1943)
The Thin Man Series (Beginning 1934)
Hildegarde Withers Series (1930s)
The Lone Wolf Series (1940s)

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