Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) George Roy Hill made a name for himself directing this essential buddy picture pairing heartthrobs Paul Newman and Robert Redford together for the very first time in this Western (adventure crime comedy; even biography). Hill would direct them again in his Oscar winning Best Picture The Sting (1973) four years later. Newman plays Cassidy the business end of their partnership and Redford (more than 11 [...]

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

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Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Anybody who hasn’t seen this needs to do so. Part of film history (the story that is) and not just for the famous scene with Gene Kelly actually singing in the rain. Great performances by Debbie Reynolds Donald O’Connor and especially Jean Hagen (nominated for Best Actress by the Academy) are also included in this classic by director Stanley Donen. Dancers Cyd Charisse & Rita Moreno (very [...]

Tish (1942)

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Tish (1942) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon (who produced Born Yesterday (1950)) these Mary Roberts Rinehart stories were adapted by Annalee Whitmore & Thomas Seller though Harry Ruskin is credited with writing the screenplay. The film is a comedy-drama about a busybody the title character played by Marjorie Main (The Egg and I (1947)) and the effects of her actions in a small town. Main plays the role as a likable character despite her [...]

The Ring (1927) – full review!

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The Ring (1927) – full review! Written & directed by Alfred Hitchcock (and adapted by his wife Alma Reville uncredited) this silent boxing drama features a love triangle between two fighters ‘One-Round’ Jack (Carl Brisson) & Australian champion Bob Corby (Ian Hunter his fourth film) and Mabel (Lillian Hall Davis). I can only assume that the transfer to DVD was poorly done since many of the shots cut off the actors’ heads [...]

1936

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1936 1936 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture The Great Ziegfeld (1936) Anthony Adverse (1936) Dodsworth (1936) Libeled Lady (1936) Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) Romeo and Juliet (1936) San Francisco (1936) The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935) A Tale of Two Cities (1935) Three Smart Girls (1936) Best Actor in a Leading Role Paul Muni The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935) Walter Huston Dodsworth [...]

Suspicion (1941)

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Suspicion (1941) This is the first movie that the "Master of Suspense" (Alfred Hitchcock) used Cary Grant as his leading man and it’s certainly the weakest in the four film series (perhaps in part because the suspicion is whether or not Mr. Grant’s character is the bad guy!). It’s the second (and last) time he used Joan Fontaine as his leading lady though her understated performance earned her several awards including [...]

Sherwood Pictures’ Films about Faith

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Sherwood Pictures’ Films about Faith It’d been more than four and a half years since my first Films about Faith essay; I added to the original article (after watching Martin Luther (1953) A Man Called Peter (1955) and One Man’s Way (1964) in fairly quick succession in the fall of 2011) but hadn’t written about the most deeply spiritual and openly Christian films I’ve seen until this essay. Alex and Stephen Kendrick of the Sherwood [...]

Stranger The (1946)

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Stranger The (1946) This Victor Trivas original story was nominated for an Oscar the film was directed by Orson Welles who also plays the title role a former Nazi that’s hiding out in a small town in Connecticut. In a part which may remind you of his similar one in Double Indemnity (1944) Edward G. Robinson plays an investigator that’s trying to locate the mysterious war criminal using his obsession with clocks to advantage. [...]

Runaway Brides and Other Interrupted Weddings

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Runaway Brides and Other Interrupted Weddings The musical comedy Cover Girl (1944) features Rita Hayworth in two different roles as singer-dancer Rusty Parker in the film’s present day and as her grandmother Maribelle Hicks in flashback sequences. Within both storylines her character becomes engaged to a wealthy man she doesn’t love and as a bride each leaves her groom at the altar for the poorer man she does. Watching this movie [...]

Blockade (1938)

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Blockade (1938) Directed by William Dieterle (The Life of Emile Zola (1937)) and written by John Howard Lawson this below average war drama attempts to evoke sympathy for the struggles of peasants during the Spanish Civil War. Henry Fonda plays a simple farmer named Marco who becomes a leader in the resistance against the invaders who would take their land and livelihood. Leo Carrillo plays his sheepherder friend Luis and Madeline Carroll plays [...]
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