Summer Place A (1969) – full review!

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Summer Place A (1969) – full review! Any cinephile who watches this movie without reading the opening credits or doesn’t notice its director and the date it was released will swear that it’s an early Douglas Sirk-Ross Hunter soap opera. Though perhaps not quite as fine tuned nor polished it features the same melodramatic characters and storylines in crisp clean Technicolor as the director-producer duo was famous for making in [...]

BUtterfield 8 (1960) – full review!

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BUtterfield 8 (1960) – full review! Directed by Daniel Mann with a screenplay by John Michael Hayes (Peyton Place (1957)) and Charles Schnee (The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)) this slightly above average if dated drama earned Elizabeth Taylor her first Best Actress Oscar on her fourth nomination. The film’s Color Cinematography was also nominated. She plays Gloria Wandrous a wanton girl with the titled message service that models [...]

May 2005 – Orson Welles

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May 2005 – Orson Welles Sunday May 1 – Based on Lillian Hellman 8:00 AM Dark Victory (1939) – newly updated capsule review! 10:00 AM Les Girls (1957) – all new capsule review! 12:00 PM Walk Don’t Run (1966) – Cary Grant’s last film a remake of The More The Merrier (1943) 2:00 PM Bell Book and Candle (1959) – the inspiration for TV’s Bewitched series? A publisher played by James Stewart is [...]

Midnight Mary (1933) – full review!

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Midnight Mary (1933) – full review! Directed by William Wellman with a screenplay by Gene Markey and Kathryn Scola that was based on a story by Anita Loos this slightly above average pre-code crime drama features a radiant Loretta Young in the title role as Mary Martin. While it doesn’t exactly sizzle with risqué dialogue the film does contain some suggestive scenes. The story is told in flashback with Mary on trial for murder [...]

Voice of the Turtle The (1947)

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Voice of the Turtle The (1947) Also known as One for the Book (1947). Written by John Van Druten (Gaslight (1944)) and directed by Irving Rapper this is an above average film not unlike The Clock (1945) with Judy Garland & Robert Walker. It stars Eleanor Parker (Interrupted Melody (1955)) as an actress who lives alone in an apartment in New York. When her boyfriend played by Kent Smith fails to commit to their relationship circumstances lead [...]

Warner Archive Collection

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Warner Archive Collection Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG) announced the debut of the “Warner Archive Collection” a selection of movies spanning more than 60 years of filmmaking never before available on DVD. The world’s largest film and television vault is finally open to consumers who can now purchase authentic DVD and digital downloads of more than 1135 classic titles for the first time drawn from Warner Bros. [...]

Miracle in the Rain (1956) – full review!

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Miracle in the Rain (1956) – full review! It’s a sappy dated sexless romance drama with a fantasy element set during World War II that features a credible performance by Jane Wyman (The Blue Veil (1951)) a typical squeaky clean all-American soldier character from Van Johnson and an adequate supporting cast that includes Fred Clark Eileen Heckart Josephine Hutchinson William Gargan (his last film) Paul Picerni as a Catholic priest and [...]

Something New (1920)

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Something New (1920) Directed and written by the film’s two stars Nell Shipman (who also produced it) and Bert Van Tuyle this film’s razor thin plot is more a showcase for the incredible capabilities of a certain automobile (the titled character) of the time manufactured by Maxwell as the leads drive it over the rocky desert terrain in Mexico. Other than the Army’s Jeep I don’t think there are a lot of vehicles built [...]

Hell is for Heroes (1962) – full review!

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Hell is for Heroes (1962) – full review! Directed by Don Siegel and co-written by Robert Pirosh (Battleground (1949)) this gritty World War II drama stars Steve McQueen Bobby Darin Fess Parker Harry Guardino James Coburn and Bob Newhart (!) among others. Guardino plays the Sergeant of a group of veterans thinking they’re about to go home. The group includes Darin – the “free enterprise” scrounger who sells needed [...]

Philadelphia Story The (1940)

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Philadelphia Story The (1940) Katharine Hepburn‘s comeback role after being labeled box office poison earned Jimmy Stewart his only Best Actor Oscar and also won the Best Writing Screenplay Oscar. Directed by George Cukor (Oscar nominated) this Oscar nominated film contains the famous scene with Cary Grant shoving Kate down through the front door of the house. Hepburn plays an heiress who threw out her husband (Grant) after a short time a [...]
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