Scaramouche (1952)

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Scaramouche (1952) One of those great films that TCM (and no one else?) shows that you must see if you haven’t. Not only does it have the longest sword fight in the history of film but it has Stewart Granger Mel Ferrer Eleanor Parker Janet Leigh Nina Foch Richard Anderson and Lewis Stone. Great for the whole family! Granger is a man supported by an (as yet) unknown benefactor that doesn’t know who his father was. He’s rather [...]

V.I.P.s The (1963)

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V.I.P.s The (1963) Directed by Anthony Asquith and written by Terence Rattigan (Separate Tables (1958)) this average drama earned Margaret Rutherford an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress on her only nomination. She plays an eccentric elderly British Duchess who is scheduled to partake in her first airplane flight a transatlantic one to Florida because she needs the money. The nervous pill popping Duchess is perhaps the only passenger who is not [...]

Masked Raiders (1949)

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Masked Raiders (1949) Directed by Lesley Selander and written by Norman Houston this B movie Tim Holt Western also includes his regular lady’s man sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty (Richard Martin). These men made several one hour programmers for RKO; each feature similar plots that include at least one female role. In this case Marjorie Lord plays Gale Trevett; she wears the pants in the family that includes a young boy Artie [...]

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) Peter Lorre plays an assassin his first English-speaking role (learned phonetically) in this thriller. It contains the memorable scene in which an assassination is attempted at a key point during a concert (and a concerto composed specifically for the film by Arthur Benjamin) at Albert Hall. The film also features a gun battle at the end which was based on the real-life "Sidney Street siege" that had [...]

Mating Call The (1928)

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Mating Call The (1928) Produced by Howard Hughes this James Cruze directed silent film was adapted from the Rex Beach novel by Herman Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane (1941)). It stars Thomas Meighan as war hero turned farmer Leslie Hatton and features a scandalous and extremely sexy performance by Evelyn Brent as well as a nude swimming scene (though brief and not as revealing as the one in Tarzan and His Mate (1934)) with Renee Adoree (The Big Parade [...]

Torpedo Run (1958)

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Torpedo Run (1958) Directed by Joseph Pevney and written by William Wister Haines and Richard Sale this average World War II submarine drama stars Glenn Ford and Ernest Borgnine; Ford is the commander of a submarine and Borgnine is his first officer. Like most in this genre Ford plays a tortured determined sub captain who’s chasing a “holy grail”-like target in this case a Japanese “flat top” a new aircraft carrier [...]

Mrs. Parkington (1944)

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Mrs. Parkington (1944) Directed by Tay Garnett the screenplay for this Louis Bromfield novel was written by Robert Thoeren and Polly James to create a romance which plays out over 65 years mostly in flashback. The drama itself is average but some of the acting is exceptional including Greer Garson in the title role and Agnes Moorehead as Aspasia Conti; both performances were Oscar nominated. Although there are several other familiar actors & [...]

Great Boxing Movies

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Great Boxing Movies When I first wrote this article I hadn’t seen several “great boxing movies” which I hope to add to this essay soon. Among them are: Champion (1949) with Kirk Douglas The Set-Up (1949) with Robert Ryan and Kid Galahad (1937) with Bette Davis & Edward G. Robinson which includes a funny reference to Body and Soul (1947) (below). Plus thanks to TCM I have also now seen The Champ (1931) with Wallace Beery! [...]

Young Philadelphians The (1959) – full review!

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Young Philadelphians The (1959) – full review! This outstanding drama which was directed by Vincent Sherman and written by James Gunn who adapted Richard Powell’s intricate novel The Philadelphians features (supporting actor) Robert Vaughn’s only Academy Award nominated performance; Harry Stradling Sr.’s B&W Cinematography also received a nomination as did the film’s Costume Design (Howard Shoup’s first [...]

April 2005 – Errol Flynn

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April 2005 – Errol Flynn Friday April 1 – April Fools 6:00 AM MGM’s Big Parade Of Comedy (1964) – I’ve not seen this but it promises to be fun. It features clips from MGM films which highlight funny scenes & dozens of (comic) stars A selection of Laurel & Hardy films including: 7:30 AM Pack Up Your Troubles (1932) – a TCM premiere! 8:45 AM The Devil’s Brother (1933) – a 3 star film! 10:15 AM [...]
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