Great 1936 story about a lynching in a small town. Spencer Tracy is accused of being a kidnapper and is burnt alive in the jail. Of course, he isn’t … but now this decent man is determined to see the townsfolk fry. It’s the first American film by Fritz Lang (Metropolis), and probably one of the grimmest movies a Hollywood studio has ever made. The scenes leading up to the lynching are positively Sophoclean in their intensity.
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The New York Times brings news that what’s been described as the “holy grail” of sci-fi movie memorabilia is going under the hammer at the end of the month. The star lot in Profiles in History‘s auction of Hollywood
junk treasures is Harrison Ford‘s gun from Blade Runner, which is expected to make between $100,000 and $150,000. We think the “Maria” robot from Metropolis should be considered slightly holier, but then we’re clad only in cobwebs and using a steam-powered computer.