First Hundred Years The (1938)

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First Hundred Years The (1938) Though the title is rather nebulous this comedy drama begins as a somewhat early look at the concept of a wife as the breadwinner in a marriage and evolves into a lighthearted exploration of the traditional (sex) roles. In fact Robert Montgomery plays David Conway who’s essentially a kept husband by his wife Lynn Claymore Conway played by Virginia Bruce. Lynn is a successful New York-based theatrical agent [...]

They Won’t Forget (1937)

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They Won’t Forget (1937) This is really a terrific Mervyn LeRoy directed film with a screenplay co-written by Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men (1949)) that features a standout (& eccentric) performance by the great Claude Rains in a story based upon the infamous Leo Frank murder trial in Georgia. Otto Kruger Elisha Cook Jr. and Lana Turner (“sweater girl”) appears in her first film. Purchase this DVD now [...]

Too Many Husbands (1940)

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Too Many Husbands (1940) Released less than two months prior to a similar (& essential) comedy My Favorite Wife (1940) this one was based on a W. Somerset Maugham play (with a screenplay by Claude Binyon) that begins with the same concept but the overall story and its execution isn’t nearly as good. It was produced and directed by Wesley Ruggles (Cimarron (1931)) and though its principle cast is almost as strong as the later film it [...]

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

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Fiddler on the Roof (1971) The title is a metaphor for a philosophy about the nature of life and its requisite balance: one should celebrate – dance sing listen to its music – and try to enjoy it but one must also realize that it’s hard work can be precarious and have its ups and downs which can be like living “on the edge” (precipice) at times. The story is about a family a community of Jews that live in a small rather isolated [...]

Dallas (1950) – full review!

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Dallas (1950) – full review! Directed by Stuart Heisler (who’d received his only Oscar nomination for Tulsa (1949) for Special Effects) and written by John Twist this needlessly complex and talky Western with a B movie feel that includes some comedy (intentional or otherwise) might please only fans of its lead actor Gary Cooper who plays a familiar role as a wronged man waging a solo battle of revenge. Coop plays Blayde [...]

Kid Glove Killer (1942)

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Kid Glove Killer (1942) Fresh off his (Supporting Actor Academy Award winning) performance in Johnny Eager (1942) Van Heflin was given the leading role in director Fred Zinneman’s feature film debut; Zinnemann had been directing short films for MGM since 1938. It’s a crime drama mystery written by John Higgins who had help on the screenplay from Allen Rivkin. Heflin plays a police lab sleuth that solves cases by examining the [...]

Green Pastures The (1936)

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Green Pastures The (1936) Directed by Marc Connelly (based on his play) and William Keighley this all-Black cast biblical drama includes musical accompaniment by the Hall Johnson Choir. As told to some rural Black Sunday School children (George Reed’s character) several stories of the Old Testament Bible are creatively recreated and somewhat contemporarily realized in flashback sequences. Rex Ingram plays three characters: De Lawd (God) [...]

Peyton Place (1957)

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Peyton Place (1957) Small town life and sex are themes in this long well known soap opera based on the novel from housewife Grace Metalious. I only knew the reputation of this film and its Oscar nominated story until it premiered on TCM in late 2004 when it was shown for the first time in 30 years (due to legal entanglements). It features several interweaving story-lines including Hope Lange as the daughter of white trash drunkard Arthur Kennedy [...]

World War II Collection Vol. 2 – Heroes Fight for Freedom

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World War II Collection Vol. 2 – Heroes Fight for Freedom Purchase this DVD Collection now at Air Force (1943) – full review! Command Decision (1948) Hell to Eternity (1960) – The true story of Guy Gabaldon starts rather slowly then features an overlong "Marines partying in Hawaii" sequence before it gets to the heart of the story in Saipan. Never heard of Gabaldon? Neither had I until I saw this fictionalized [...]

Classic Movie Kisses

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Classic Movie Kisses Classic films offer us so many memorable moments. When asked recently what I thought some of the most unforgettable on-screen kisses were I naturally thought instantly of Gone With The Wind (1939) and countless other movies starring Clark Gable. Then I thought of these: Queen Christina (1933) – Greta Garbo in the title role kisses Countess Ebba (Elizabeth Young) full on the lips … of course this was a [...]
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