Stagecoach Kid (1949)

September 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Stagecoach Kid (1949) Directed by Lew Landers and written by Norman Houston this Tim Holt B Western also features his sidekick Richard Martin as Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty; Holt plays Dave Collins. Jeff Donnell plays the girl – Jessie Arnold who masquerades as a boy dubbed Jesse James during half of the picture to escape from her father Peter (Thurston Hall) in order to return to San Francisco to marry her boyfriend. The wealthy [...]

Good News (1947) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Good News (1947) – full review! Directed by Charles Walters with a screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green that was based on a play by Lew Brown Lawrence Schwab Frank Mandel Buddy DeSylva and Ray Henderson this remake of the 1930 college Musical features the Academy Award nominated Song “Pass That Peace Pipe” and a cast that includes: June Allyson Peter Lawford Patricia Marshall Joan McCracken Ray McDonald Mel Torme Robert [...]

Act of Violence (1948)

August 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

Act of Violence (1948) Directed by Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity (1953) & A Man For All Seasons (1966)) this thrilling drama stars Van Heflin (Johnny Eager (1942)) as a man who finds himself being pursued by another (Robert Ryan – Crossfire (1947)) from his past. His wife is played by Janet Leigh (Psycho (1960)) and a woman who later assists him is played by Mary Astor (The Great Lie (1941)). Under Zinnemann’s masterful [...]

Johnny Belinda (1948)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Johnny Belinda (1948) Jane Wyman’s breakout performance (Best Actress Oscar) as a deaf-mute also stars Lew Ayres Agnes Moorehead and Charles Bickford (all three were Oscar nominated). Ayres plays small town Dr. Robert Richardson who takes a professional interest in Belinda McDonald (Wyman) teaching her sign language even though her own father Black (Bickford) and his sister Aggie (Moorehead) resist it. The doctor’s relationship with [...]

1941

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

1941 1941 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture How Green Was My Valley (1941) Blossoms in the Dust (1941) Citizen Kane (1941) Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) Hold Back the Dawn (1941) The Little Foxes (1941) The Maltese Falcon (1941) One Foot in Heaven (1941) Sergeant York (1941) Suspicion (1941) Best Actor in a Leading Role Gary Cooper Sergeant York (1941) Orson Welles Citizen Kane (1941) [...]

Lady Eve The (1941)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lady Eve The (1941) Directed by Preston Sturges the whole cast is terrific and includes (many from Sturges’ other great films): Henry Fonda Barbara Stanwyck Charles Coburn Eugene Pallette William Demarest Eric Blore and Al Bridge (uncredited). The script was Oscar nominated. Added to the National Film Registry in 1994. #55 on AFI’s 100 Funniest Movies list. #26 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Love Stories list. Fonda is a wealthy naive [...]

Cimarron (1931)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Cimarron (1931) I have to say that this Academy Award Best Picture winner dates badly especially the acting. I know that The Front Page (1931) was also nominated for Best Picture that year a film I thought was far superior to this one. It is however clearly better than another of the nominees I’ve seen Trader Horn (1931) although that one did provide quite an educational adventure (into Africa) for the time. This film has several old [...]

Escapade (1955)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Escapade (1955) Directed by Philip Leacock with a screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart (The Philadelphia Story (1940)) that was based a play by Roger MacDougall (The Man in the White Suit (1951)) this exceptional British (comedy) drama exceeds expectations regardless of its rather simple “solution” to a complex political problem. It’s one of the better boarding school movies I’ve seen with a terrific cast of young actors [...]

Three Comrades (1938)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Three Comrades (1938) One of the best 10 films of 1938 (according to The New York Times Guide to the Best 1000 Movies Ever Made) and one which I enjoyed thoroughly when I saw it on TCM. Robert Taylor Franchot Tone and Robert Young are the three men who all love Margaret Sullavan (who received her only Oscar nomination) in their own way. Guy Kibbee and Monty Woolley also play roles in this essential drama as do Henry Hull & Charley Grapewin [...]

Midnight Mary (1933) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

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 [...]
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