Asphalt Jungle The (1950)

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Asphalt Jungle The (1950) Great film noir by director John Huston this one featuring actor Sterling Hayden’s best performance – his character leads the group of ‘specialists’ assembled for a heist (he would later play a similar role in director Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing (1956)). The crime story is based on a novel by W.R. Burnett (Wake Island (1942)); Huston co-wrote the screenplay with Ben Maddow. The cast [...]

Uninvited The (1944)

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Uninvited The (1944) Ray Milland plays a writer who with his sister Ruth Hussey buys a seaside “haunted” house from Donald Crisp who lives nearby with his granddaughter (Gail Russell). Russell is initially upset because she has fond memories of the house she used to live in even though it’s the place of her mother’s tragic death. However against Crisp’s wishes she gains access to the house through Milland who’s [...]

Comrade X (1940) – full review!

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Comrade X (1940) – full review! Walter Reisch who contributed to the screenplay (and shared an Academy Award nomination in that category) for Ninotchka (1939) earned a Best Writing Original Story Oscar nomination for this similar comedy drama starring Clark Gable and Hedy Lamarr (in lieu of Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas). Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer wrote the screenplay for this one which was directed and co-produced by King Vidor. [...]

Movies about the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

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Movies about the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) Ever since the release of legendary director D.W. Griffith’s controversial epic The Birth of the Nation (1915) based on Thomas F. Dixon Jr.’s (play and) novel titled The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan and featuring silent star Lillian Gish and future Oscar winner Donald Crisp (among others) classic Hollywood seems to have avoided taking on the KKK to expose its wicked acts or its [...]

Good News (1947) – full review!

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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 [...]

Fastest Gun Alive The (1956)

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Fastest Gun Alive The (1956) Writer Russell Rouse (Pillow Talk (1959)) directed and co-wrote the screenplay (with Frank Gilroy on whose story “The Last Notch” the film is based) of this Western which delves into this popular titled stereotype like no other before (or since?) featuring Glenn Ford. Since the majority of the interesting drama and tension is contained within the last 15-20 minutes of the film (including a new wrinkle) I [...]

Pawnbroker The (1964)

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Pawnbroker The (1964) A gloomy depressing film starring Rod Steiger as a Jewish pawnbroker and former Holocaust survivor who goes through life in a haze of terror and guilt. Jaime Sánchez plays an ambitious young Mexican in his employ; Geraldine Fitzgerald plays a lonely woman who tries to befriend him; Brock Peters plays a businessman who uses the title character’s shop as a front for his illegal activities; Juano Hernandez plays a lonely [...]

Family Affair A (1937) – full review!

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Family Affair A (1937) – full review! Directed by George B. Seitz this average comedy drama was the first in the Andy Hardy series and the only one to feature Lionel Barrymore as Judge Hardy before Lewis Stone would take over the role for a dozen or more movies made in the late 1930’s through the middle of the next decade. Director Seitz and actors: Mickey Rooney as Andy Cecilia Parker as Marion Hardy Fay Holden (taking over for this [...]

Across to Singapore (1928)

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Across to Singapore (1928) Directed by William Nigh with titles by Academy Award winner Joseph Farnham this silent drama stars Ramon Novarro Joan Crawford and Ernest Torrence. Set in a (New England?) sailing community Novarro and Crawford play childhood playmates who have grown up he into a man almost big enough to sail with his brother’s (Torrence) ship she into a woman old enough to be betrothed. When Torrence’s ship the Nathan [...]

From Russia With Love (1963)

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From Russia With Love (1963) Directed by Terence Young (Dr. No (1962) Thunderball (1965)) with a screenplay and adaptation by Richard Maibaum and Johanna Harwood (respectively) this is the second James Bond Agent 007 (AFI’s #3 hero) film; the character and novel are from Ian Fleming. Starring Sean Connery it’s the first to feature gadget man ‘Q’ aka Major Boothroyd (Desmond Llewelyn) and is noteworthy for its villains: Rosa Klebb [...]
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