Girl Most Likely The (1957)

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Girl Most Likely The (1957) This musical version of Tom Dick and Harry (1941) is one of the few remakes which is better than the original and Jane Powell is the reason. Her characterization of the title character Dodie is far superior to Ginger Rogers’s performance in the first movie. Directed by (Academy Award nominated art director) Mitchell Leisen with a screenplay by Devery Freeman (based on Paul Jarrico’s original Oscar nominated [...]

Pillow Talk (1959)

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Pillow Talk (1959) by Julie Pillow talk, starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall, was the first of three films these stars made together. The film also stars Thelma Ritter as an alcoholic house keeper called Alma. Thelma was nominated for Best Actress in a supporting role for Pillow Talk. This charming easy to follow romantic comedy follows interior decorator Jan Morrow (Day) and womanising song-writer Brad Allen (Hudson), who share the [...]

Left Handed Gun The (1958)

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Left Handed Gun The (1958) Arthur Penn directed (his first film) this disappointing Western biography of William Bonney aka Billy the Kid featuring Paul Newman in the title role. Originally a television play by Gore Vidal it was adapted by screenwriter Leslie Stevens. Newman and his James Dean-like method acting seems to the problem here the film bogs down significantly in the last 15 minutes showing little more than the actor grasping his head [...]

West Point Story The (1950)

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West Point Story The (1950) As opposed to a story about the United States Military Academy this musical romance comedy gave James Cagney a chance to return to the genre since his Best Actor Oscar performance as George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) though one does get a sense of West Point’s storied history and tradition. Ray Heindorf’s Score received an Academy Award nomination. It was directed by Roy Del Ruth with a [...]

Marty (1955)

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Marty (1955) Paddy Chayefsky’s first of three Best Writing Oscars has Best Actor Ernest Borgnine playing against type in the role that Rod Steiger played on TV two years earlier … a sign that TV had arrived! This Oscar winning Best Picture is an insightful story about loneliness peer pressure and homeliness. The only BP winner to win the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or also the shortest (91 minutes) to win. Director [...]

Story of Louis Pasteur The (1936)

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Story of Louis Pasteur The (1936) This true story of the French scientist’s battle to establish modern medical methods is not to be missed. It features Paul Muni‘s Academy Award winning Best Actor performance. The strong supporting cast includes: Josephine Hutchinson as his dependable wife Anita Louise as his daughter Dickie Moore as a child who gets rabies and Henry O’Neill Porter Hall & Akim Tamiroff (among others) as [...]

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) The best of director John Ford’s (and actor John Wayne‘s) U.S. Cavalry trilogy which includes Fort Apache (1948) & Rio Grande (1950) this essential Western won Cinematographer Winton Hoch his second of three Oscars (on three nominations). Hoch’s sweeping views of Utah’s Monument Valley and beautiful blue cloud dotted skies are unforgettable. It’s based on stories by James Warner [...]

Great Escape The (1963)

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Great Escape The (1963) Based on a true story by Paul Brickhill this epic adventure about a mass escape planned by Allied officers being kept in an elite German P.O.W. camp especially designed to prevent it is a great World War II movie spectacle. John Sturges directed the film whose screenplay was in part written by James Clavell. The all star cast makes every storyline interesting and includes: Steve McQueen James Garner Richard Attenborough [...]

Double Indemnity (1944)

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Double Indemnity (1944) The penultimate film noir other than perhaps The Maltese Falcon (1941). Fred MacMurray plays Walter Neff an insurance salesman seduced by Barbara Stanwyck’s Phyllis Dietrichson (AFI’s #8 villain) into killing her husband (Tom Powers). Edward G. Robinson is the claims manager Barton Keyes who is assigned to investigate. Noted character actor Porter Hall also appears as a kind of witness to the "act". [...]

Sweet Charity (1969)

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Sweet Charity (1969) Bob Fosse’s directorial debut was this Neil Simon musical remake of Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria (1957) in which he used Shirley MacLaine in lieu of his wife Gwen Verdon in the title role. Verdon who played the role on Broadway acted as an uncredited choreographer for MacLaine. Peter Stone (Father Goose (1964)) wrote the screenplay. One of the first time director’s more interesting choices includes the [...]
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