The Best of Bogart Collection

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The Best of Bogart Collection Purchase this Blu-ray Collection at The Maltese Falcon (1941) Casablanca (1942) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) The African Queen (1951) Purchase this Blu-ray Collection [...]

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 [...]

Magnificent Yankee The (1950)

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Magnificent Yankee The (1950) Louis Calhern played Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes on Broadway for a couple of years in the Emmet Lavery play. When MGM decided to make this screen version Lavery wrote the screenplay and John Sturges directed it. Calhern received his only Academy Award nomination (Best Actor) playing the titled justice (Walter Plunkett received his first for his B&W Costume Design). Ann Harding plays Holmes’s [...]

Smilin’ Through (1932)

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Smilin’ Through (1932) Directed by Sidney Franklin who later produced the Oscar winning Mrs. Miniver (1942) this film was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. It’s a story of redemption and/or about forgiveness told partially through flashbacks this film stars Leslie Howard as an old English gentleman who recalls wistfully his long lost love Moonyeen (Norma Shearer). He is a wealthy man and there is a place on his estate where [...]

John Wayne

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John Wayne John Wayne born Marion Morrison played football at USC (from 1925-27 nicknamed Duke) and appeared in more than 70 films (mostly B Westerns for little Republic Pictures) before he became an overnight star (grin) as the Ringo kid in director John Ford’s Stagecoach (1939) which lost the Best Picture Oscar to Gone With the Wind (1939). His next noteworthy role was in Republic’s most expensive film ever Dark Command (1940) [...]

Bye Bye Birdie (1963) – full review!

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Bye Bye Birdie (1963) – full review! Directed by George Sidney with Michael Stewart’s Tony Award winning play being adapted by Irving Brecher (Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)) this average Musical comedy received Oscar nominations for its Sound and Score which includes “The Telephone Hour” & “Put on a Happy Face”. It stars Janet Leigh & Dick Van Dyke (from the stage play along with Paul Lynde) and features [...]

Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) – full review!

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Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) – full review! Academy Award winning screenwriter Dudley Nichols (The Informer (1935)) also produced four films and directed three this was the last time he did either; his previous effort in both capacities also featured Rosalind Russell in the title role Sister Kenny (1946). For both efforts the actress received Best Actress Oscar nominations this being her third of four (unrewarded) nominations for her [...]

Marnie (1964)

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Marnie (1964) Director Alfred Hitchcock had to use Tippi Hedren again when he couldn’t coax Princess Grace Kelly out of retirement in this psychological thriller much like Spellbound (1945). This one involves a woman’s repressed memory that caused her to be frigid which was pretty funny since Sean Connery (after two "James Bond" films) was cast as her husband and he almost rapes her on their wedding night. Oh yeah and [...]

Hangmen Also Die! (1943) – full review!

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Hangmen Also Die! (1943) – full review! This World War II propaganda thriller featuring a better than average plot and tolerable jingoism was co-produced and directed by Fritz Lang who also co-wrote its story (with Bertolt Brecht) that was adapted by John Wexley. Set in occupied Czechoslovakia the drama begins with the (unseen) assassination of the ruling Nazi official German officer Reinhard Heydrich (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski) known [...]

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

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Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Directed by Woody Allen (Annie Hall (1977)) and featuring Michael Caine’s & Dianne Wiest’s first Best Supporting Actor/Actress (Oscar winning) performances this Oscar nominated (for Best Picture) comedy tells so many truths about relationships and life in general that it’s probably his best work and I highly recommend it. Allen’s screenplay also won an Oscar his direction was nominated [...]
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