Goodbye to Gloria Stuart at the age of 100. She was a lovely old lady in “Titanic,” but as the photo above suggests, she was something of a looker in her youth as well. This undated Universal publicity still clearly belongs to the period when she was competing with Mae Clarke as James Whale’s favorite leading lady: She didn’t have much to do but look frightened and pretty in “The Old Dark House” and “The Invisible Man,” but she was magnificent in the opening scene of “The Kiss Before the Mirror,” Whale’s dark, dreamlike melodrama of 1933, perhaps his most virtuosic film and one of the many pre-code Universal features that merit a major re-issue.
This week’s DVD column is something of a hodgepodge: a look at the new Blu-ray edition of John Mackenzie’s politically prescient, Thatcher-era gangster film “The Long Good Friday”; a quick review of some older British features from VCI, including Michael Anderson’s engaging genre mishmash “Hell Is Sold Out” (1951); and from Olive Films’ new batch of Paramount titles, Edward Dmytryk’s stoic campfest “Where Love Has Gone” (1964), which must have had him wondering whether that HUAC testimony was worth it. Reviews here, in the New York Times.