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! [...]

1944

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1944 1944 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Going My Way (1944) Double Indemnity (1944) Gaslight (1944) Since You Went Away (1944) Wilson (1944) Best Actor in a Leading Role Bing Crosby Going My Way (1944) Charles Boyer Gaslight (1944) Barry Fitzgerald Going My Way (1944) Cary Grant None But the Lonely Heart (1944) Alexander Knox Wilson (1944) Best Actress in a Leading Role Ingrid [...]

High Noon (1952)

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High Noon (1952) Shown in real time surely a challenge for director Fred Zinnemann this Gary Cooper classic also stars Grace Kelly and a terrific supporting cast. "Coop" won his second Best Actor Oscar on his fifth (and final) nomination playing Will Kane (AFI’s #5 hero). The film also won for Editing Musical Score and Song ("Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin’" – #25 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All [...]

Great Lie The (1941)

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Great Lie The (1941) George Brent’s marriage to concert pianist Mary Astor is annulled allowing him to marry the one he really loves Bette Davis and Astor to pursue her career. Aviator Brent is then thought dead in a plane crash overseas. Astor (whose performance earned her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar her only recognition from the Academy!) learns she’s pregnant by Brent and tells Davis who then convinces Astor to let her adopt [...]

Blossoms in the Dust (1941) – full review!

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Blossoms in the Dust (1941) – full review! Directed by Mervyn LeRoy with a screenplay by Anita Loos that was based on a story by Ralph Wheelwright this slightly above average biographical drama is noteworthy as the first film to pair Greer Garson with Walter Pidgeon; they made eight movies together! Garson earned her second Best Actress Academy Award nomination playing Edna Kahly Gladney who assisted homeless children with finding homes [...]

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) A great film for the whole family covering all the seasons but especially the Halloween and Christmas holidays. I actually grew up in St. Louis myself though not at the turn of the 20th Century like in this film. Great songs from its star Judy Garland including the title song (around the time of the 1904 World’s Fair) the Academy Award nominated Trolley Song (#26 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time) [...]

Spartacus (1960)

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Spartacus (1960) Though it’s a fairly long historical epic this essential drama features some terrific performances and huge battle sequences in the moviemaking era before CGI which enabled such scenes to become more commonplace. Directed by Stanley Kubrick with a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo based on the novel by Howard Fast and featuring Kirk Douglas in the title role the film includes Best Supporting Actor Peter Ustinov as a droll [...]

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. [...]

Murder! (1930)

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Murder! (1930) Herbert Marshall (in his first sound film) plays a gentleman and famous actor Sir John Menier who has second thoughts about the guilt of a young actress Diana Baring (Norah Baring) whom as a jury member he’d helped convict of murder. So before she’s to be executed for the crime he works tirelessly to prove her innocence by finding the real guilty party. Memorable scene with Marshall thinking while shaving. Another [...]

The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943)

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The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943) This seventh film in the Falcon series This was the second of four Falcon features produced by Maurice Geraghty in which his brother Gerald was a contributing writer; he assisted Ardel Wray with adapting her story based on the Michael Arlen character. In this B crime mystery drama directed by William Clemens Tom Conway plays Tom Lawrence aka The Falcon and actress Isabel Jewell (among others) joins series [...]
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