Idiot’s Delight (1939)

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Idiot’s Delight (1939) Directed by Clarence Brown and written by Robert Sherwood this average “musical” comedy features Clark Gable and Norma Shearer Edward Arnold Charles Coburn Joseph Schildkraut Burgess Meredith and Virginia Grey (among others). Gable (as Harry Van) returns from World War I a song and dance man unemployed. He works job to job until he lands with a traveling group running a mind reading gag with Madame [...]

Political Campaign Films

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Political Campaign Films Why “Political Campaign Films” and not just “Political Films”? Well the second term is a bit to vague and perhaps all encompassing depending upon your point-of-view. And I believe there may be some insight to be gained into politics if we examine how political campaigns have been portrayed throughout the years in classic film. As our society has changed and our sources for news have grown the [...]

Born to Sing (1942)

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Born to Sing (1942) Edward Ludwig directed this B movie musical written by Harry Clork and Franz Spencer (aka Schulz) which stars Virginia Weidler (in lieu of Judy Garland) along with Leo Gorcey and a couple of other Dead End Kid/Bowery Boy types like dancing Ray McDonald and Larry Nunn (in lieu of Mickey Rooney). This light and airy MGM escape-fare even features a patriotic Busby Berkeley choreographed finale sung by ill-fated baritone Douglas [...]

Temptress The (1926)

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Temptress The (1926) Greta Garbo plays the title role a beautiful woman who destroys all who come in contact with her. The film boasts a brand new score written by Michael Picton of New York winner of TCM’s fifth annual Young Film Composers competition. The film begins with Elena (Garbo) meeting and falling in love with Robledo (Antonio Moreno) at a masquerade ball in Paris. They spend the night together in a park declaring their love for one [...]

Private Life of Sherlock Holmes The (1970)

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Private Life of Sherlock Holmes The (1970) Billy Wilder directed and co-wrote (with collaborator I.A.L. Diamond The Apartment (1960)) this somewhat mistitled comedy mystery drama which features Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters. Robert Stephens plays the titled detective Colin Blakely humorously plays his enthusiastic lady’s man assistant Dr Watson and Christopher Lee plays Holmes’s brother Mycroft employed by British [...]

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

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Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Director Billy Wilder succeeded where Alfred Hitchcock had failed ten years earlier with The Paradine Case (1947) in using the talents of actor Charles Laughton to create a compelling British courtroom drama with startling revelations and twists which entertains. Both films had exceptionally capable casts – this one features Tyrone Power accused of murder (in his last film) with Marlene Dietrich in the [...]

Asphalt Jungle The (1950)

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Asphalt Jungle The (1950) Great film noir by director John Huston this one featuring actor Sterling Hayden’s best performance – his character leads the group of ‘specialists’ assembled for a heist (he would later play a similar role in director Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing (1956)). The crime story is based on a novel by W.R. Burnett (Wake Island (1942)); Huston co-wrote the screenplay with Ben Maddow. The cast [...]

1945

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1945 1945 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture The Lost Weekend (1945) Anchors Aweigh (1945) The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945) Mildred Pierce (1945) Spellbound (1945) Best Actor in a Leading Role Ray Milland The Lost Weekend (1945) Gene Kelly Anchors Aweigh (1945) Bing Crosby The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945) Gregory Peck The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) Cornel Wilde A Song to Remember [...]

Tonight and Every Night (1945)

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Tonight and Every Night (1945) Produced & directed by Victor Saville with a screenplay by Abem Finkel (Sergeant York (1941)) and Lesser Samuels this average wartime musical in glorious Technicolor stars Rita Hayworth (whose singing voice is dubbed by Martha Mears) in her first “name above the title” role. She plays a singer-dancer in a London theater that refuses to close its door or interrupt its performances despite the nightly [...]

Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)

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Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) Directed by Michael Curtiz with a story by Rowland Brown (The Doorway to Hell (1930)) this essential crime drama features not only one of several James Cagney-Humphrey Bogart pairings but also one of several James Cagney-Pat O’Brien pairings as well. Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur are said to have been uncredited contributors to the John Wexley-Warren Duff script. Cagney received his first Best Actor Academy [...]
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