Deep Valley (1947)

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Deep Valley (1947) Directed by Jean Negulesco whose next film Johnny Belinda (1948) would earn him his only Oscar recognition (a Best Director nomination) with a screenplay co-written by Stephen Morehouse Avery (The Gay Deception (1935)) this below average drama’s high point is its recognizable cast which includes the lovely & delicate Ida Lupino Dane Clark Wayne Morris Fay Bainter Henry Hull and Willard Robertson. Unfortunately the [...]

Shenandoah (1965)

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Shenandoah (1965) Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and written by James Lee Barrett this Civil War film stars James Stewart as the father of six sons and one daughter he’d raised solo for the past 16 years since his wife died giving birth to their youngest son. The war is raging and though Stewart’s family lives in Shenandoah Virginia he wishes not to get involved. Though not really a pacifist Stewart’s character thinks that his [...]

Gambit (1966)

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Gambit (1966) Directed by cinematographer Ronald Neame who’d received Oscar nominations for Special Effects screenplay Writing and producing in the 1940’s with a Sidney Carroll (The Hustler (1961)) story and a screenplay by Jack Davies (Those Magnificent Men in the Their Flying Machines (1965)) and Alvin Sargent (who would later win two Oscars for his three screenplay nominations) this clever crime caper comedy would earn three Oscar [...]

Spirit of St. Louis The (1957)

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Spirit of St. Louis The (1957) Directed by the great Billy Wilder (surprisingly) and based on the book by Charles Lindbergh which was adapted by Charles Lederer (the director wrote the screenplay with Wendell Mayes) this slightly above average if overlong biographical drama tells the story of the man who would one day become the first to fly non-stop from New York to Paris in 1927. This historic first transatlantic flight helped to create the [...]

Riders of the Range (1950)

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Riders of the Range (1950) Directed by Lesley Selander and written by Norman Houston this B movie Tim Holt Western also includes his regular lady’s man sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty (Richard Martin). As the titled characters Holt plays Kansas Jones; he and Chito find themselves looking for work in Cedar Hill Arizona not far from Mesa City site of a George O’Brien B Western almost a dozen years earlier. Once in Cedar [...]

Private Life of Sherlock Holmes The (1970)

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Private Life of Sherlock Holmes The (1970) Billy Wilder directed and co-wrote (with collaborator I.A.L. Diamond The Apartment (1960)) this somewhat mistitled comedy mystery drama which features Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters. Robert Stephens plays the titled detective Colin Blakely humorously plays his enthusiastic lady’s man assistant Dr Watson and Christopher Lee plays Holmes’s brother Mycroft employed by British [...]

Cimarron (1931)

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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 [...]

Pat and Mike (1952)

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Pat and Mike (1952) Directed by George Cukor and earning husband & wife writers Ruth Gordon & Garson Kanin their third and last Best Writing Oscar nomination (without a win) this comedy-romance features another successful teaming of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Mike (Tracy) the manager of a boxer (Aldo Ray) meets Pat (Hepburn) when he notices what a great golfer she is. He also learns that she’s quite an accomplished [...]

In This Our Life (1942)

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In This Our Life (1942) Bette Davis plays a particularly nasty bitch in this one a self centered sociopath. First she dumps her fiancé (George Brent) in order to steal the husband (Dennis Morgan) of her sister played by Olivia de Havilland. De Havilland’s character and their mother (Billie Burke) constantly make excuses or apologize for their sister’s or daughter’s respectively behavior because among other things Davis’s [...]

Wreck of the Mary Deare The (1959) – full review!

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Wreck of the Mary Deare The (1959) – full review! Directed by Michael Anderson (Around the World in 80 Days (1956)) with a screenplay by Eric Ambler (The Cruel Sea (1953)) that was based on the Hammond Innes novel this better than average thriller drama (which was originally considered by Alfred Hitchcock before he and Ernest Lehman decided to do North By Northwest (1959) instead) is notable for its special effects some action sequences [...]
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