July 2005 – Audrey Hepburn

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July 2005 – Audrey Hepburn Friday July 1 – Cars in the Movies (The Dawn of the Automobile Age) 6:00 AM It’s Love I’m After (1937) 8:00 AM The Charge Of The Light Brigade (1936) – Directed by Michael Curtiz this film features a Michael Jacoby (who co-wrote the screenplay) original story that was based on Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem. It stars Errol Flynn Olivia de Havilland David Niven Patric Knowles Henry [...]

Great McGinty The (1940)

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Great McGinty The (1940) Writer Preston Sturges finally got his chance to direct (by practically giving his script away) and ended up winning the Academy Award for Best Writing Original Screenplay for this comedy about big city politics that unfortunately is uncomfortably similar to the Chicago machine that has given us our 44th POTUS. It stars the underrated Brian Donlevy in the title role as an ambitious thug that works his way from a street [...]

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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A Beautiful Mind (2001) Russell Crowe again? Nope only Oscar nominated this time around … though the film did win the Best Picture Oscar. I liked this movie about John Nash but absolutely LOVED the book (which I read about a year after seeing the film). It’s worth reading if you can make it through it. Very interesting and NOTHING like the movie really. I understand now having read the book why there was such an uproar about the [...]

Becky Sharp (1935)

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Becky Sharp (1935) Directed by Rouben Mamoulian with a screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh (Little Caesar (1931)) this drama is noteworthy for two things: it features Miriam Hopkins’s only Oscar nominated performance (Best Actress) she plays the title role; and it’s the first features length 3-strip Technicolor film which looks it despite a restoration. Other than that it’s a terribly dated drama about a sassy [...]

Marie Antoinette (1938) – full review!

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Marie Antoinette (1938) – full review! Directed by W. S. Van Dyke with a screenplay written by Donald Ogden Stewart (The Philadelphia Story (1940)) Ernest Vajda and Claudine West (Mrs. Miniver (1942)) this average historical drama earned Norma Shearer her last (Best Actress) and Robert Morley (in his film debut) his only (Supporting Actor) Oscar nomination(s). Cedric Gibbons’s Art Direction and Herbert Stothart’s (The Wizard of Oz [...]

Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell The (1955)

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Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell The (1955) Shown for the first time on TCM in January 2005 this Otto Preminger directed film tells the true (Oscar nominated) story of the successful World War I pilot & officer who predicted the future of air transportation and combat even the events of Pearl Harbor and by whom years before it was realized. With Gary Cooper in the title role and a supporting cast which includes Charles Bickford as the Army [...]

Kapo (1959)

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Kapo (1959) Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award this film tells a compelling realistic story about a young Jewish girl played by Susan Strasberg (some of her best acting too) who must change in order to survive imprisonment in a camp in World War II Germany. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo who shared writing credits with Franco Solinas. Edith (Strasberg) feeling safe in Paris returns home to find her Jewish parents being [...]

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

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Lady and the Tramp (1955) This delightful animated Walt Disney Production details the first year (or two) of the life of a sweet domesticated female cocker spaniel named Lady (voiced by Barbara Luddy) and her various encounters: with her ‘humans’ – owners Jim Dear (Lee Millar) and ‘Darling’ (Peggy Lee) – and especially the streetwise stray terrier she fancies named Tramp (Larry Roberts). Ms. Lee sings (and/or wrote with Sonny Burke) [...]

Cowboy (1958) – full review!

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Cowboy (1958) – full review! Directed by Delmer Daves and adapted from Frank Harris’s book My Reminiscences as a Cowboy by Dalton Trumbo (Roman Holiday (1953)) and Edmund North (Patton (1970)) this Western is worth a look despite the odd casting which includes Jack Lemmon in the title role as Harris and Dick York (who would become TV’s original Darrin Stephens on Bewitched) as a womanizing trail hand named Charlie. Glenn Ford is [...]

Dr. Jack (1922)

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Dr. Jack (1922) Directed by Fred Newmeyer with a story co-written by the great Hal Roach this Harold Lloyd silent teams the comedian with his future wife actress Mildred Davis. Davis plays the daughter of a wealthy man (John T. Prince) whose doctor Dr. Ludwig von Saulsbourg (Eric Mayne) lives (off him) handsomely by telling him that his daughter is sick so that he can treat her. Lloyd is titled character actually Dr. Jackson a country doctor who [...]
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