Cimarron (1960) – full review!

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Cimarron (1960) – full review! This big sprawling epic remake of the Academy Award Best Picture winner Cimarron (1931) was directed by Anthony Mann based on the same Edna Ferber novel but with a much different screenplay from Arnold Schulman. The first half of the story is focused on Yancey ‘Cimarron’ Cravat who seems to know everyone and starts just before the Oklahoma land rush of 1889 while its second half focuses more on [...]

Stolen Life A (1946) – full review!

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Stolen Life A (1946) – full review! Directed by Curtis Bernhardt this implausible drama does feature some unique special effects earning it an Oscar nomination (one of several including awards for Nathan Levinson) which allow Bette Davis to appear as twin sister characters. Having become acquainted with some identical twins in my life I know that the premise put forth in this story – that one twin could pose as another remaining [...]

Grand Hotel (1932)

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Grand Hotel (1932) One of the first big star extravaganzas (Garbo two Barrymores Crawford Beery Stone and Hersholt) which ironically failed to earn ANY other Academy Award nominations (the only Best Picture winner with this distinction). It’s a story about the lives of several people in a very plush hotel where “nothing ever happens”. It was directed by Edmund Goulding and based on William Drake’s version of Vicki [...]

Hell is for Heroes (1962) – full review!

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Hell is for Heroes (1962) – full review! Directed by Don Siegel and co-written by Robert Pirosh (Battleground (1949)) this gritty World War II drama stars Steve McQueen Bobby Darin Fess Parker Harry Guardino James Coburn and Bob Newhart (!) among others. Guardino plays the Sergeant of a group of veterans thinking they’re about to go home. The group includes Darin – the “free enterprise” scrounger who sells needed [...]

Sons of the Desert (1933) – full review!

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Sons of the Desert (1933) – full review! My favorite of the Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy films (#96 on AFI’s 100 Funniest Movies list) also features comedian Charley Chase as the conventioneer who pulls gags on all the other attendees. It was directed by William Seiter and written by (frequent actor) Frank Craven; Byron Morgan provided continuity. Laurel & Hardy are members of Kiwanis-like club called the “Sons of the [...]

African Queen The (1951)

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African Queen The (1951) Directed by John Huston who adapted the C. S. Forester novel with Pulitzer Prize winner James Agee this essential adventure drama set during World War I stars Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn (their only pairing). This helped Bogie net his only Oscar on his second of three Best Actor nominations. He plays the scruffy crude hardened steamboat captain Charlie Allnut. Hepburn picked up her fifth of 12 Best Actress [...]

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) – full review!

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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) – full review! Directed by Mervyn LeRoy Army Major Ted Lawson’s autobiographical book (of the same name co-written with Bob Considine) was turned into this above average World War II drama which details the James Doolittle-led first bombing of Japan after Pearl Harbor by screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. The movie won an Oscar for Best Effects Special Effects; its B&W Cinematography was also nominated. [...]

Made on Broadway (1933)

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Made on Broadway (1933) Directed by Harry Beaumont (The Broadway Melody (1929)) with a Gene Markey script that was based on a Courteney Terrett story this average comedy drama stars Robert Montgomery Sally Eilers Madge Evans & Eugene Pallette and features several other recognizable actors in other minor (cameo) roles like C. Henry Gordon Jean Parker and Vince Barnett (among others). What begins as an interesting comical tale about a spin [...]

Hi Diddle Diddle (1943)

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Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) Andrew Stone produced directed and wrote the story (which was adapted by Edmund Hartmann and Frederick Jackson) for this wartime screwball comedy featuring an Academy Award nominated Score by Phil Boutelje (The Great Victor Herbert (1939)). Also notable is the appearance of Pola Negri in the cast; this was her first film in years and her last until her final role in The Moon-Spinners (1964). Adolphe Menjou Martha Scott [...]

Set-Up The (1949)

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Set-Up The (1949) Directed by Robert Wise this highly thought of relatively short boxing film (which plays out in real time) stars Robert Ryan as an aging boxer (‘Stoker’) whose wife played by Audrey Totter hopes she can convince him to quit before he’s badly beaten again. She can no longer stomach watching his being battered. Against her pleadings Stoker thinks he can win another fight to relive that thrill at least one more time. [...]
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