1947

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1947 1947 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) The Bishop’s Wife (1947) Crossfire (1947) Great Expectations (1946) Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Best Actor in a Leading Role Ronald Colman A Double Life (1947) John Garfield Body and Soul (1947) Gregory Peck Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) William Powell Life with Father (1947) Michael Redgrave [...]

Ah Wilderness! (1935) – full review!

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Ah Wilderness! (1935) – full review! Co-produced & directed by Clarence Brown with a screenplay by married couple Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett (The Thin Man (1934)) based on Eugene O’Neill’s play this above average comedy drama about family life just after the turn of the 20th century features a terrific cast that includes Wallace Beery Lionel Barrymore Aline MacMahon Eric Linden Cecilia Parker Spring Byington Mickey [...]

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

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The Life of Emile Zola (1937) A very interesting film – a somewhat fictionalized biography (per the opening credits) of Emile Zola whose story I was not familiar with until now. He was a French muckraking writer in the late 19th century. The movie is primarily focused on one particular case (perhaps the most prominent of his life?) in which he is taken to trial (libel) for exposing the Army’s conviction of an innocent man for treason [...]

1949

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1949 1949 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture All the King’s Men (1949) Battleground (1949) The Heiress (1949) A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Twelve O’Clock High (1949) Best Actor in a Leading Role Broderick Crawford All the King’s Men (1949) Kirk Douglas Champion (1949) Richard Todd The Hasty Heart (1949) John Wayne Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) Gregory Peck Twelve [...]

Ladykillers The (1955)

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Ladykillers The (1955) NOT to be confused for the Coen Brothers-Tom Hanks remake (in name only) of 2004! Alec Guinness is the leader of a gang of unusual characters criminals who plot their next “job” while living in a boarding house run by an old (and slightly deaf?) woman played by Katie Johnson. In order not to arouse her suspicions they pretend to be musicians. However when she gets suspicious they decide that they must do away [...]

Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) – full review!

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Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) – full review! Opens with the title song from the Academy Award winning Best Picture Broadway Melody (1929) sung by Harry Stockwell but is otherwise unrelated to the earlier film. This one was directed by Roy Del Ruth with a screenplay by Jack McGowan and Sid Silvers that was based on a story by Moss Hart who earned the first of his two (unrewarded) Oscar nominations; Harry Conn provided additional dialogue. [...]

Ship of Fools (1965)

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Ship of Fools (1965) Vivien Leigh’s last film! A star studded extravaganza this time on a cruise ship during the time just before World War II. Story-lines include Ms. Leigh as a lonely forty-something woman hoping she’s still desirable but trying to keep her dignity about it; Simone Signoret who’s on her way to prison romances the ship’s doctor (Oskar Werner) to get narcotics; Jose Ferrer is an anti-Semitic German [...]

Magnificent Obsession (1954)

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Magnificent Obsession (1954) One of the early Douglas Sirk soapers has Jane Wyman (Johnny Belinda (1948) who received her last of four Best Actress Oscar nominations) as a woman whose husband’s death (and her subsequent blindness!) was in part caused by a reckless wealthy playboy played by Rock Hudson. That’s the simplest part of this otherwise convoluted ( unbelievable) and almost religious-based story which begins with [...]

Family Plot (1976)

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Family Plot (1976) Director Alfred Hitchcock’s final film was not as good as Frenzy (1972) nor as bad as Marnie (1964). It stars William Devane and Karen Black as a couple of kidnappers whose paths cross another couple (Bruce Dern and Barbara Harris) that defrauds people with a fortune teller/clairvoyant setup. The ransoms for those Devane/Black kidnap must be paid in diamonds! The most memorable scenes are those featuring Ms. [...]

Hamlet (1948)

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Hamlet (1948) 1948 saw the first foreign film to ever win Best Picture honors from the Academy. It was also the first time anyone ever directed themselves to an Oscar – Laurence Olivier won for Best Actor in the title role (as the director Olivier was only nominated losing to John Huston). Supporting actress Jean Simmons who plays Ophelia was also nominated. The film received two other Oscars (B&W Art Direction-Set Decoration & [...]
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