Calamity Jane (1953)

July 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Calamity Jane (1953) By Julie I cannot imagine any other actress than Doris Day playing the part of Calamity Jane in the 1953 Musical of the same name. Full of fun, humour, and great catchy songs including one of Doris Day’s best “Secret Love”, Calamity Jane is a childhood favorite of mine. The Wild West Musical also stars Howard Keel as Wild Bill Hickok, Philip Carey as Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin and Allyn Ann McLerie as Katie Brown. From [...]

Chinatown (1974)

June 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chinatown (1974) By Julie Having seen The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Tenant I was already impressed with the Direction of Roman Polanksi. The film was inspired by real events, the character of Hollis Mulwray is based on William Mulholland and a tragic event which occurred during his career at the L.A. Department of Water and Power in the late 1920’s. Chinatown, with a film noir feel to it stars Jack Nicholson as [...]

My Darling Clementine (1946)

May 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

My Darling Clementine (1946) By Julie My Darling Clementine, Directed by John Ford, is loosely based around Wild West legends the Earp Brothers; (Wyatt, Virgil, Morgan and James) the Clanton Gang, and Doc Holliday, and follows events which led to the gun fight at the O.K Corral. Our main characters are Henry Fonda starring as Wyatt Earp, Victor Mature as Doc Holliday, and Linda Darnell as Chihuahua. Countless movies made been made about the [...]

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

May 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) by Julie The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is one of those films I’d happily recommend to friends and family and sit through time and time again whilst others watch it for the first time.  Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz who directed so many other great films, The Barefoot Contessa and Suddenly, Last Summer to name only two, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a film to be watched by family of all ages. Set in England, Gene [...]

Last Gangster, The (1937) – full review!

September 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Directed by Edward Ludwig, with a story by Robert Carson and William Wellman that was adapted by John Lee Mahin (Captains Courageous (1937)) – Carson and Wellman had collaborated on A Star is Born (1937) that same year, this slightly above average crime drama provides a bookend of sorts (what if Rico had gone to jail) to Little Caesar (1931), which also stars Edward G. Robinson. In this one, Robinson (whose makeup is all wrong in several [...]

Wagon Train (1940)

September 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Wagon Train (1940) Academy Award nominated best assistant director Edward Killy led this transition from RKO B Western veteran George O’Brien to Tim Holt in the leading role. Written by Bernard McConville with a screenplay by Morton Grant it’s also the only one I can remember in which crooner Ray Whitley is shot and killed. Whitley who wrote his own songs and played Holt’s amiable singing sidekick in several such Westerns plays wagon [...]

Song of the Saddle (1936)

September 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Song of the Saddle (1936) Features the “Singing Cowboy” initially as the “The Singing Kid”. Dick Foran started this role right after playing Boze Hertzlinger in The Petrified Forest with Leslie Howard Bette Davis Genevieve Tobin and Humphrey Bogart! The story starts off with a land rush scene like Cimarron (1931). Like The Oklahoma Kid (1939) some malfeasance occurs regarding the land claiming process with Phineas Hook [...]

Hollywood Cowboy (1937)

September 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hollywood Cowboy (1937) aka Wings Over Wyoming (1937) George O’Brien stars as B movie cowboy Jeffrey Carson in this B Western that was directed and co-written (with Dan Jarrett) by Ewing Scott. While shooting a movie in Wyoming Carson gets involved in a range war ostensibly between wealthy ranchers and their cattle wranglers before he later discovers that the conflict has been exacerbated by some gangsters (led by Charles Middleton) that had [...]

The Falcon in Mexico (1944)

September 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Falcon in Mexico (1944) The ninth film in the Falcon series A little different than earlier films in the series this one is the first film since A Date with the Falcon without Edward Gargan as Detective Bates and first one without Cliff Clark as the Police Inspector since The Falcon’s Brother when Clark took over the role from noted character actor James Gleason. Also a single character Manuel (Nester Paiva) who “adopts” [...]

Timber Stampede (1939)

September 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Timber Stampede (1939) Directed by David Howard and written by Morton Grant from stories by Bernard McConville and Paul Franklin this George O’Brien B Western is about two crooked eastern businessmen that scheme to steal the rich stock of timber near a cattleman territory known as Wagon Wheel. O’Brien is joined by fellow RKO regulars Chill Wills and Marjorie Reynolds as well as Monte Montague (among others). Scott Baylor (O’Brien) and [...]
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