RKO B Westerns

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RKO B Westerns RKO Radio Pictures made dozens of B Westerns with either George O’Brien or Tim Holt in the lead role; they even made one (The Renegade Ranger (1938)) that starred both of them with Rita Hayworth (the year before she had her breakout role as Richard Barthelmess’s wife in Howard Hawks’s Only Angels Have Wings (1939) with Cary Grant and Jean Arthur)! O’Brien had been a silent film star in director John [...]

Street Scene (1931)

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Street Scene (1931) Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning Elmer Rice play this is a very good film by director King Vidor about tenement city life gossip an affair and even a murder. It stars Beulah Bondi Estelle Taylor Sylvia Sidney John Qualen and several others a classic film fan will recognize. Vidor’s direction and use of camera angles makes the one set piece of the film watchable along with the characterizations performed by the veteran [...]

Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939)

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Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939) A love story with Ingrid Bergman which is worth seeing even though Leslie Howard is in it;-) Also features Cecil Kellaway. Bergman a student of Kellaway’s is also the piano teacher for Howard’s daughter (Ann Todd). He becomes infatuated with her such that he invites her to go on tour with him (he’s a concert violinist). Of course they have an affair. He becomes estranged from his wife but the [...]

Penthouse (1933)

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Penthouse (1933) An essential comedy mystery drama from director W.S. Van Dyke this film features a screenplay by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Warner Baxter is a wealthy man about town who is also a successful lawyer. One that has just helped secure an innocent verdict for a known criminal played by Nat Pendleton. Pendleton is so thankful he offers Baxter a bonus and a place in his organization. Baxter declines because although he knew [...]

Prizefighter and the Lady The (1933)

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Prizefighter and the Lady The (1933) Co-produced and directed by W.S. Van Dyke with an original story by two time Oscar winner Frances Marion (The Champ (1931)) which was adapted by John Lee Mahin and John Meehan (The Divorcee (1930)) this average boxing film features real heavyweight champion Max Baer with Myrna Loy in the title roles. Ring champs Primo Carnera and Jack Dempsey also appear as themselves. Walter Huston plays an ex-manager now a [...]

Firecreek (1968) – full review!

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Firecreek (1968) – full review! Directed by Vincent McEveety with a screenplay by Calvin Clements (Sr.) this relatively unknown Western is an unheralded gem a High Noon (1952) type story appropriately featuring James Stewart in the everyman role that won Gary Cooper his second Best Actor Oscar on his last Academy Award nomination. Henry Fonda plays the leader of the gang that disrupts the titled town where farmer Stewart is the part time [...]

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

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Fiddler on the Roof (1971) The title is a metaphor for a philosophy about the nature of life and its requisite balance: one should celebrate – dance sing listen to its music – and try to enjoy it but one must also realize that it’s hard work can be precarious and have its ups and downs which can be like living “on the edge” (precipice) at times. The story is about a family a community of Jews that live in a small rather isolated [...]

Journey for Margaret (1942)

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Journey for Margaret (1942) This film is the credited screen debut of Margaret O’Brien the title character and also stars Robert Young Laraine Day Fay Bainter and Nigel Bruce. It was directed by W. S. Van Dyke (The Thin Man (1934)). The film begins with an American reporter (Young) and his pregnant wife (Day) arriving in London from war torn Europe. They’ve been chased out of each country invaded by the Germans as they fell with [...]

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 [...]

Theodora Goes Wild (1936) – full review!

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Theodora Goes Wild (1936) – full review! Directed by Richard Boleslawski with a screenplay by Sidney Buchman this average screwball comedy earned its titled star Irene Dunne her second of five (without ever winning!) Best Actress Academy Award nominations. Editor Otto Meyer earned the first of his two nominations. If the viewer can get through the positively annoying scenes (like Melvyn Douglas’s endless whistling) in the [...]
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