The Mercury (Australia)

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Jazz Singer (1927) Mercury Staff How far this interesting combination of sound and sight may yet be carried on the way to uttermost artistic perfection must remain a matter of speculation, but this need not for a single moment hold one back from enjoying The Jazz Singer as it stands. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
Babes in Arms (1939) Mercury Staff The song numbers arc tuneful, the comedy is bright and clever, and Rooney and Garland are at their best. Babes In Arms ls a show to be seen. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
Casablanca (1942) Mercury Staff A brilliant and moving melodrama. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
Intruder in the Dust (1949) Mercury Staff It delves below the surface of a state of mind which casts no aura of credit on American democracy. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
Stormy Weather (1943) Mercury Staff For those who like a bright musical film, I recommend this brilliant cavalcade of rhythm. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
Daughter of Shanghai (1937) Mercury Staff Anna May Wong and Philip Ahn get the most from their roles, and Charles Bickford and J. Carrol Naish are in strong support. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
A Night at the Opera (1935) Mercury Staff The film has a definite and important musical angle, and it is to the credit of producer and director that the two angles of the production have been so successfully interwoven. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Home of the Brave (1949) Mercury Staff Home of the Brave is very real cinema; perhaps too real for some audiences to digest without discomfort and shock. It is brilliantly acted and graphically staged. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
The Legion of the Condemned (1928) Mercury Staff The wonderfully photographed scenes of airplanes, singly and in groups, shown in actual operation at the seat of war, would alone suffice to make this film one of the most fascinating of the year. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Paris (1929) Mercury Staff Paris is a comedy of song, dance, and colour, in which Irene Bordoni makes the best use of her sparkle and vivacious manner. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Cabiria (1914) Mercury Staff The great scenes are awe-striking to a degree that would have been inconceivable before kinematography had reached its present perfection. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
The Invisible Man Returns (1940) Mercury Staff The camera magic that permitted the character created by H. G. Wells to appear on the screen has been developed to a higher degree of effectiveness, with the result that the film now showing is not just a repetition. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
Son of Frankenstein (1939) Mercury Staff I question whether any good purpose is served by making this class of picture, but I cannot gainsay the masterly production of this Universal film. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
Dead of Night (1945) Mercury Staff This is probably Ealing Studios' best effort to date. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) Mercury Staff [Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde] enjoyed success in novel form and as a stage play, and was produced on the silent screen some years ago. The greater scope offered by the talking film adds to the dramatic value of the picture. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
Island of Lost Souls (1933) Mercury Staff Tho screen version ls too sketchy adequately to convey the scientific scope of Wells' work, with the result that, apart from the characterisation, the picture has little moaning, and at times becomes repulsive. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
The Cat and the Canary (1927) Mercury Staff Those who enjoy a thrilling tale of mystery that keeps them guessing right up to the end will delight In The Cat and the Canary. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
The Mummy (1932) Mercury Staff Boris Karloff's disguise of living death is astounding. In the hands of a lesser artist the representation would be grotesque; Karloff's mummy is sinister and uncomfortably lifelike. The story is equally remarkable. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
The Invisible Man (1933) Mercury Staff The photography is cleverly done, and conveys a most macabre effect on occasions. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
Song of the Flame (1930) Mercury Staff Story, backgrounds and music are eminently satisfactory and the quality of the colour, in which the picture has been wholly filmed, is typical of the enormous advancement made In that branch of photography. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928) Mercury Staff If the film misses some of the subtle wit of the book, it has its own neat humor. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
Kismet (1930) Mercury Staff The film Is unusual, and brings to the screen a striking and compelling personality. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
Beau Sabreur (1928) Mercury Staff The plot works up to a thrilling climax. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
Red Hair (1928) Mercury Staff [A] very amusing film. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Babe Comes Home (1927) Mercury Staff Screamingly funny. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Ladies of the Mob (1928) Mercury Staff This film is the first dramatic effort on the part of Clara Bow, and the "flapper" star with the flaming hair and the blazing personalty gives a fine characterization of a girl seeing life through the eyes of one of the underworld. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
The Breath of the Gods (1920) Mercury Staff Tsuru Aoki, the Japanese Bernhardt of the screen, who became so popular as leading woman with Sessue Hayakawa, has the principal role in this feature. Her acting is exquisite throughout. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
The Blue Mountains Mystery (1921) Mercury Staff [The Blue Mountains Mystery] sets a new standard for Australian-made films, for it is easily the most ambitious and successful cinema yet made here. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
A Sainted Devil (1924) Mercury Staff It was thought Rodolph Valentino had about reached the heights in screen entertainment when lie gave the world Monsieur Beaucaire, but the screen's perfect lover has fairly outdone himself in A Sainted Devil. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
The Courageous Coward (1919) Mercury Staff An exceptionally fine production. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
Rough House Rosie (1927) Mercury Staff The story is thrilling and romantic, telling of simple folk and the reaction on them of altered circumstances. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
Flaming Youth (1923) Mercury Staff The settings of the picture are well arranged, even bordering on lavish. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
Ravished Armenia (1919) Mercury Staff The picture holds the audience with gripping intensity from the commencement to the finish. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
Soldiers of the Cross (1900) Mercury Staff The discourse, which was pathetic in parts, was splendidly given, and was illustrated by nearly 200 limelight and several cinematograph views. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Gilda (1946) Mercury Staff The conflict which arises from the clash of these forceful personalities creates a stirring film which is well acted throughout. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2020
Graustark (1925) Mercury Staff The quality of the production appears to be nothing short of perfect, and the picture is so well balanced in every respect that it makes an evening's entertainment that is at once satisfying and elevating. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) Mercury Staff There are numerous spectacular and lavish stage scenes, in which a beauty ballet of 200 girls is seen in striking dance formations and ensembles. The whole production has been done on a lavish scale, and the costumings and settings are luxurious. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
Hearts of the World (1918) Mercury Staff Hearts of the World, the supreme triumph of D.W. Griffith... inaugurates a new era the realm of the screen drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
The Dove (1927) Mercury Staff Thrilling adventures hold the onlooker in suspense until the last moment, when Dolores saves her lover from the deadly bullets by an appeal to the overweening vanity of Don Jose. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2020
Neptune's Daughter (1914) Mercury Staff Its unique beauty and thrilling plot are the factors which bring to Neptune's Daughter its great houses. There are marvellous views of the great crystal cave, with its weird stalactites reflected in the clear waters of this underground pool. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
The Village Blacksmith (1922) Mercury Staff Few pictures hold the attention with such gripping interest as William Fox's screen version of Longfellow's immortal poem. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
The Wolf of Wall Street (1929) Mercury Staff Paramount, has produced a gripping story, well directed by Rowland V. Lee, and abounding in the touches of realism only possible in a "talkie." EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Trifling Women (1922) Mercury Staff With a cast headed by Ramon Navarro and Lewis Stone, it is full of great dramatic surprises and power. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2020
The Cradle Snatchers (1927) Mercury Staff [The Cradle Snatchers] is well cast, admirably directed, and free from the objections raised against the stage play on which it Is based. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2020
The Divine Woman (1928) Mercury Staff There are many tense emotional scenes in the story of the rise of a country girl to the heights of stagedom. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
My Man (1928) Mercury Staff Ample opportunity Is given Fannie Brice to reveal to the full her talent as an entertainer in the Vitaphone My Man. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) Mercury Staff [María Corda] shows a keen sense of humour, and yet she always keeps within reasonable bounds. She appreciates every point, and often it Is only her eyes that tell of Helen's naughty plots or of her flirting. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
The Queen of Sheba (1921) Mercury Staff The most awe-inspiring [scen] of all Is probably the sensational chariot race This scene shows six chariots, each drawn by four horses racing madly around a great arena while more than five thousand people are shown in the crowds. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Case of Lena Smith (1929) Mercury Staff The backgrounds, the incidental details, and the habits and customs are set forth by the director, Josef von Sternberg, in an interesting manner, but the whole harangue is lacking in true psychology. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Sin Flood (1922) Mercury Staff The action of the story Is brisk throughout, and moves in n highly entertaining fashion. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020