I Remember Mama (1948)

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I Remember Mama (1948) “Is good!” Actually it’s great! Based on a true story about a family of immigrants from Norway who settled in San Francisco at the turn-of-the-20th century this heartwarming comedy-drama features an unforgettable Academy Award nominated performance from (five-time Best Actress nominee) Irene Dunne as the titled Mama the center of this extended family and the film. It’s narrated by the [...]

March 2005 – Claudette Colbert

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March 2005 – Claudette Colbert Tuesday March 1 – Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winners 8:00 AM Meet John Doe (1941) 8:00 PM Charade (1963) – an entertaining romp pairing Audrey Hepburn with Cary Grant in a comedy mystery that includes some other named actors in humorous roles: Walter Matthau James Coburn & George Kennedy. Directed by Stanley Donen. 10:00 PM Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) 2:30 AM The Pawnbroker (1965) [...]

Free Soul A (1931)

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Free Soul A (1931) A pre-code classic starring Clark Gable Norma Shearer Lionel Barrymore and Leslie Howard. The first 45 minutes or so (don’t blink it sizzles) and the dialogue are especially great. Directed by Clarence Brown who along with Shearer earned an Oscar nomination; Barrymore won (on his ONLY acting nomination!) as Best Actor in a Leading Role. Gable is Ace Wilfong a mob leader that lawyer Stephen Ashe (Barrymore) successfully [...]

Great Boxing Movies

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Great Boxing Movies When I first wrote this article I hadn’t seen several “great boxing movies” which I hope to add to this essay soon. Among them are: Champion (1949) with Kirk Douglas The Set-Up (1949) with Robert Ryan and Kid Galahad (1937) with Bette Davis & Edward G. Robinson which includes a funny reference to Body and Soul (1947) (below). Plus thanks to TCM I have also now seen The Champ (1931) with Wallace Beery! [...]

March 2007 – Gene Kelly

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March 2007 – Gene Kelly Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – a TCM premiere! The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – a TCM premiere and an all new review! Crimson Tide (1995) – a TCM premiere! The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming (1966) – an all new capsule review! Crainquebille (1973) – a TCM premiere! The Southerner (1945) – an all new review! The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939) – a TCM premiere! [...]

Professionals The (1966)

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Professionals The (1966) Wealthy Texan Ralph Bellamy hires four mercenaries (Burt Lancaster Lee Marvin Robert Ryan and Woody Strode) to rescue his wife (Claudia Cardinale) from a Mexican bandit Jesus Raza (Jack Palance). However all is not what it appears to be. Firstly Lancaster & Marvin’s characters participated with Palance’s character in the Mexican revolution and Cardinale’s may not have been kidnapped after all. [...]

Shadow of a Woman (1946)

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Shadow of a Woman (1946) The plot and the acting performed by its cast make it very difficult to stay engaged in this below average noirish drama making it a poor “thriller”. As convoluted unusual and somewhat confusing as the story is to begin with the characterizations also don’t provide anyone with whom an audience can identify with or trust such that one just doesn’t care about them or what happens. Directed by Joseph [...]

Hell’s Angels (1930)

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Hell’s Angels (1930) This is truly an historical film which not only contains the only color footage of Jean Harlow in a movie and helped make her a star ("would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable?") but some of the best WW I airplane aerial sequences ever put on the screen (it was nominated for a Cinematography Oscar). Of course this is due to the fact that aviator gazillionaire Howard Hughes produced directed [...]

Moran of the Lady Letty (1922)

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Moran of the Lady Letty (1922) Directed by George Melford and adapted by Monte Katterjohn from the novel by Frank Norris this Rudolph Valentino silent features Dorothy Dalton in the title role. In the film she is known as Moran the daughter (who wishes she were the son) of Captain Eilert Sternersen (Charles Brinley) whose Norwegian ship is known as the Lady Letty. Valentino’s character the favored son of a wealthy family Ramon Laredo is [...]

Perla La (1947)

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Perla La (1947) Directed by Emilio Fernández who shared screenplay credits with Jack Wagner and John Steinbeck (A Medal for Benny (1945)) author of the novel “The Pearl” on which it’s based this Mexican drama stars Pedro Armendáriz and the beautiful María Elena Marqués as a poor married couple with child whose lives are forever changed when he finds an over-sized pearl. You may recognize Armendáriz from any number of [...]
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