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! [...]

Our Town (1940)

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Our Town (1940) Directed by Sam Wood (Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)) this Best Picture Oscar nominated drama is a pretty good adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s well known Pulitzer Prize winning play. Of course Wilder adapted it along with Frank Craven (who also appears in the film as the Stage Manager that narrates – speaking directly to the camera) and Harry Chandlee. It stars Martha Scott who received her only Academy Award recognition [...]

Killer McCoy (1947)

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Killer McCoy (1947) Directed by Roy Rowland and written by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan Thomas Lennon George Bruce and George Oppenheimer (The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)) this boxing film is a remake of The Crowd Roars (1938). Tommy McCoy (Mickey Rooney) is a hard working youngster and a bit of a hustler whose father (James Dunn) is a deadbeat “actor”. After losing his paper selling corner to a precinct leader’s kid (Douglas [...]

December 2006 – Gary Cooper

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December 2006 – Gary Cooper The Conqueror Worm (1968) – a TCM premiere! American Madness (1932) – a TCM premiere! The Face of Another (1966) aka Tanin no kao (1966) – a TCM premiere! Private Screenings: Stanley Donen (2006) – a TCM premiere! Task Force (1949) – an all new full review! Married Before Breakfast (1937) – an all new full review! The Honeymoon Killers (1970) – a TCM premiere! Dr. [...]

Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)

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Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) A heartwarming film about a teacher and his students featuring Robert Donat’s Academy Award winning Best Actor performance and a Best Actress nominated performance by Greer Garson in her first film! Mutual respect turns to love between the two. The film and its director Sam Wood (the first of his four unrewarded Academy Award nominations; three for Best Director) were also nominated for Oscars as was its Screenplay [...]

Journey The (1959) – full review!

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Journey The (1959) – full review! Produced & directed by Anatole Litvak and written by George Tabori this unique Cold War drama is difficult to describe. There is a romance element to it which doesn’t quite work though the motivations for Yul Brynner’s interest in Deborah Kerr’s character are clear: he’s been away from home too long. That plot-line notwithstanding there is a very real feel given for the time and [...]

Top Hat (1935)

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Top Hat (1935) One of the best musicals ever IMO and perhaps Fred Astaire and Ginger Roger’s best film as well. Edward Everett Horton and Eric Blore are hilarious. Plot is rather thin though with comic mix-ups moving it along enough to display great songs and dance numbers. Astaire plays a dancer (imagine that!) named Jerry that’s working for producer Hardwick (Horton). He meets Rogers when he interrupts her sleep but she falls for [...]

1928-1929

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1928-1929 1928-1929 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture The Broadway Melody (1929) Alibi (1929) The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) In Old Arizona (1928) The Patriot (1928)   Best Actor in a Leading Role Warner Baxter In Old Arizona (1928) Chester Morris Alibi (1929) Lewis Stone The Patriot (1928) George Bancroft Thunderbolt (1929) Paul Muni The Valiant (1929) Best Actress in a [...]

Bordertown (1935) – full review!

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Bordertown (1935) – full review! Directed by Archie Mayo this film was later remade better as They Drive By Night (1940). It’s based on a Robert Lord (One Way Passage (1932)) story and Henry O’Neill appears uncredited. Paul Muni plays Johnny a poor Mexican working as a mechanic while he puts himself through law school. A rich socialite Dale (Margaret Lindsay) runs into his friend (Arthur Stone) Manuel’s car which becomes [...]

Terms of Endearment (1983)

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Terms of Endearment (1983) I can still remember the tears. Of course I’ve always loved Shirley MacLaine movies (she finally won gold on her fifth and last so far Best Actress nomination) and this film is so good it almost makes having to watch Debra Winger (Oscar nominated) tolerable winning the Best Picture Oscar. A film about family relationships particularly mother & daughter. Producer James L. Brooks won his only three Oscars in [...]
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