Paths of Glory (1957)

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Paths of Glory (1957) A great World War I film by Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)) who co-wrote it with Calder Willingham (The Graduate (1967)) & Jim Thompson. Three time Oscar nominated Best Actor Kirk Douglas gives his usual (a gripping gritty performance) as a field leader caught between his men (like Ralph Meeker & Richard Anderson – TV’s The Six Million Dollar Man’s Oscar Goldman) and inexplicable orders [...]

Night of the Hunter The (1955)

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Night of the Hunter The (1955) A chilling film directed by Charles Laughton (his only effort?) with Robert Mitchum (his best role?) Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish! James Gleason and Peter Graves also appear. The screenplay was written by James Agee (The African Queen (1951)) from the novel by Davis Grubb. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 1992. #34 on AFI’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies list. Mitchum’s Reverend Harry [...]

Valley of Decision The (1945) – full review!

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Valley of Decision The (1945) – full review! Directed by Tay Garnett and boasting a screenplay by Sonya Levien (Interrupted Melody (1955)) and John Meehan (Boys Town (1938)) this above average drama features an all-star cast which includes Greer Garson (Mrs. Miniver (1942)) Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)) Donald Crisp (How Green Was My Valley (1941)) Lionel Barrymore (A Free Soul (1931)) and Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy [...]

Quai des Brumes Le (1938)

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Quai des Brumes Le (1938) The Port of Shadows On a foggy night a truck driver picks up a soldier Jean (Jean Gabin) who was standing in the road hitchhiking. Though he suspects the obvious that Jean is a deserter he agrees to give him a lift into town. As they near their destination the soldier grabs the wheel of the truck to keep the driver from running over a dog. The truck driver is incensed and expels the soldier from his truck. However Jean [...]

Going My Way (1944)

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Going My Way (1944) This Academy Award Best Picture winner is a charming story about a new priest played by Bing Crosby who is sent to replace an older priest played by Barry Fitzgerald but insists on doing it his way. The combination of these two actors is so sentimental that both won Oscars for their roles (Fitzgerald won the Supporting Oscar though he too was nominated for Best Actor!). They interact with and/or help others including Frank [...]

Stand By For Action (1942)

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Stand By For Action (1942) Laurence Kirk’s “A Cargo of Innocence” was transformed by Captain Harvey Haislip and R.C. Sherriff (Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)) into a World War II story about a Navy destroyer that rescues a boatload of babies and two pregnant women while on its way to covering a rear admiral’s convoy’s flank in the Pacific. Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld (1936)) co-produced and directed this [...]

Maltese Falcon The (1941)

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Maltese Falcon The (1941) One of the best detective movies is also one of Humphrey Bogart’s best films (nominated for a Best Picture Oscar two years before Casablanca won) that also features Mary Astor Sydney Greenstreet (his only Academy Award nominated performance in his screen debut) and Peter Lorre. Directed by John Huston who also received an Oscar nomination for writing the screenplay. "The stuff dreams are made of" (#14 on [...]

The Renegade Ranger (1938)

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The Renegade Ranger (1938) A couple of years before Tim Holt would replace George O’Brien as lead in RKO’s B Westerns Holt appeared in the title role as Larry Corwin of this O’Brien – who plays Captain Jack Steele – feature directed by David Howard and written by Oliver Drake from the story by Bennett Cohen. But the real treat is Rita Hayworth appearing as Judith Alvarez who’s accused of murder by Peco City’s tax collector Ben [...]

Rachel and the Stranger (1948) – full review!

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Rachel and the Stranger (1948) – full review! Directed by Norman Foster this 80 minute drama gives one a real sense of the role of women in the pioneering days of the old West. Times were a lot different then and women were expected to do chores from sun up to sundown with little thanks or appreciation while their menfolk cleared the land farmed it and caught or killed something for her to cook as their dinner. Loretta Young plays Rachel [...]

Lusty Men The (1952) – full review!

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Lusty Men The (1952) – full review! The plot of this Nicholas Ray directed film “feels” much like a good boxing movie however the setting for this one is rodeos not rings. Robert Mitchum’s character spent 20 years on the circuit before a Bramer (mean & nasty) bull crippled him. While returning to the place of his youth now a broken down farm owned by Burt Mustin’s character he meets Wes & Louise Merritt (Arthur [...]
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