Little Foxes The (1941)

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Little Foxes The (1941) Outstanding Bette Davis film in which she plays a driven woman with a weak husband (played by Herbert Marshall) who fights for everything in a wealthy family. This William Wyler directed gem also includes Teresa Wright (in her first film!) and Dan Duryea. Ms. Davis Ms. Wright and Patricia Collinge (also her first film) received Oscar nominations as did director Wyler the picture and Lillian Hellman’s Screenplay. Ms. [...]

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

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Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Tony Curtis plays the slimy self-loathing ambitious press agent Sidney Falco who feeds gossip to the all powerful New York columnist radio & TV media powerhouse – modeled after Walter Winchell – J.J. Hunsecker (AFI’s #35 villain) played ruthlessly by Burt Lancaster. Hunsecker treats Falco and virtually everyone else he encounters including a Senator who is beholden to him like “a poodle” that will [...]

Hard Fast and Beautiful (1951)

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Hard Fast and Beautiful (1951) Directed by Ida Lupino with a screenplay by Martha Wilkerson that was based on a novel by John R. Tunis this B movie sports drama is one of very few films that feature the game of tennis. It stars Claire Trevor as Millie Farley an ambitious woman whose daughter Florence played by Sally Forrest is good enough to beat her peers some men and all-comers in her area on the court. Her talents are noticed by a [...]

Prairie Law (1940)

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Prairie Law (1940) Directed by David Howard writing credits include: Bernard McConville (story) and Doris Schroeder & Arthur V. Jones (screenplay). This below average B Western is about the unique justice of the wild West including water rights the conflicts between farmers and cowmen a crooked judge and (of course) a hero. Brill Austin (George O’Brien) is a rancher who freely offers his springs’ water to the new settlers even though [...]

Stagecoach (1939)

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Stagecoach (1939) One of the most comprehensive Westerns you’ll ever see in that it contains all the familiar storylines (what would become stereotypical) characters scenery (e.g. Monument Valley) and other elements one associates with the genre. Appropriately it was directed by John Ford and it features his first collaboration with lead actor John Wayne whose role as the Ringo Kid helped to make him a star. Written by Dudley Nichols (The [...]

Sister Kenny (1946) – full review!

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Sister Kenny (1946) – full review! Produced directed and co-written by the Academy Award winning screenwriter Dudley Nichols (The Informer (1935)) who adapted Elizabeth Kenny’s autobiographical novel And They Shall Walk (co-written with Martha Ostenso) along with actor Alexander Knox (Wilson (1944)) and Mary McCarthy this above average biographical drama about the Australian nurse who helped discover the treatment for infantile [...]

Overland Telegraph (1951)

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Overland Telegraph (1951) Directed by Lesley Selander with a screenplay by Adele S. Buffington from a story by Carroll Young this B movie Tim Holt Western also includes his regular sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty (Richard Martin). Chito is always on the lookout for beautiful women to flirt with and he resents Tim for wanting to find work all the time. An added stereotype in this one involves female lead Gail Davis who plays [...]

So This is College (1929)

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So This is College (1929) Produced and directed by Sam Wood with a screenplay by Al Boasberg and (future director) Delmer Daves with additional dialogue provided by Boasberg and Joseph Farnham (an Academy Award winning title writer) this early talkie comedy sports drama with music features what was effectively Robert Montgomery’s screen debut as Biff. He and Elliott Nugent as Eddie play two senior Southern California football players [...]

Millionaires in Prison (1940)

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Millionaires in Prison (1940) Directed by Ray McCarey (brother of Leo) with a screenplay by Lynn Root and Frank Fenton that was based on a story by Martin Mooney this B movie prison crime drama begins by introducing 5 millionaires who are about to enter prison for their crimes. Two of them James Brent (Morgan Conway) and Sidney Keats (Chester Clute) were unscrupulous investor-bankers who took money from widows and orphans and squandered it [...]

Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)

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Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947) Directed by Stuart Heisler with a story by Dorothy Parker (A Star is Born (1937)) & Frank Cavett (Going My Way (1944)) and a screenplay by John Howard Lawson (Blockade (1938)) this often copied slightly above average (melo)drama earned Susan Hayward (I Want to Live! (1958)) her first Best Actress Oscar nomination. Sometimes referred to as a woman’s version of The Lost Weekend (1945) but more [...]
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