Letter to Three Wives A (1949)

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Letter to Three Wives A (1949) Where to begin. I’d really rather not give away too much of the story-lines in this one because it’s so enjoyable experiencing each in its own right. It’s safe to read this and the next paragraph if that’s what you decide for yourself. Joseph L. Mankiewicz not only won the Best Director Oscar for this film but the Best Writing Screenplay statuette as well. The picture itself was also [...]

Tale of Two Cities A (1935)

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Tale of Two Cities A (1935) Producer David O. Selznick’s great screen version of this Charles Dickens classic received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and stars Ronald Colman Elizabeth Allan Reginald Owen Basil Rathbone Donald Woods and Edna May Oliver (love her!) among others. Editor Conrad Nervig (Eskimo (1933)) was also nominated. The film opens with Colman as the man facing the guillotine who tells the story in flashback. He is [...]

Tell It to the Marines (1926)

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Tell It to the Marines (1926) William Haines plays a young man who hitches a free ride on a train of recruits heading for boot camp with no intention of entering training just to get closer to the racetrack. Lon Chaney playing a typical “tough as nails” Sergeant is tipped off and corrals him back. We are then treated to a pretty good silent with what is (today) no longer an original story: A reluctant recruit who seems to get into an [...]

Movies about Taxes or the I.R.S.

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Movies about Taxes or the I.R.S. Taxing movies! No not movies which are strenuous to watch (such a list could be endless) but films which feature a tax issue as a key part of its plot and/or has an Internal Revenue Service agent as a prominent character. I decided to further refine my criteria to exclude popular historical tax references – Roman collections (like those at the time of Jesus’s birth) Robin Hood the Boston Tea Party Al [...]

Henry O’Neill

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Henry O’Neill Unless you’ve watched a lot of Warner Bros. and MGM movies on TCM like I have you may not be familiar with character actor Henry O’Neill though he appeared in more than 160 films. Even if you know this prolific actor’s name you may not be able to recall (or instantly identify) his face. In fact you might find yourself confusing him with another prematurely gray-haired (yet mustached) actor Lewis Stone (born [...]

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 [...]

Back to the Future (1985)

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Back to the Future (1985) Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd star in this comedy sci-fi adventure about time travel "in a DeLorean?" with Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson also playing memorable roles. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump (1994)) who co-wrote the screenplay which was nominated for an Oscar. The film’s Best Effects Sound Effects Editing won an Oscar; its Sound and Huey Lewis’s Original Song "The [...]

Family Plot (1976)

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Family Plot (1976) Director Alfred Hitchcock’s final film was not as good as Frenzy (1972) nor as bad as Marnie (1964). It stars William Devane and Karen Black as a couple of kidnappers whose paths cross another couple (Bruce Dern and Barbara Harris) that defrauds people with a fortune teller/clairvoyant setup. The ransoms for those Devane/Black kidnap must be paid in diamonds! The most memorable scenes are those featuring Ms. [...]

Titanic (1943) – full review!

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Titanic (1943) – full review! A German (language with subtitles) propaganda film that makes outrageous assertions about the tragic history of this famous (titled) White Star Line ship initially thought to be unsinkable. In fact Werner Klingler had to assume directorial duties of this fictionalized historical drama when Herbert Selpin who co-wrote the screenplay with Walter Zerlett-Olfenius made some critical comments about his own [...]

Frankenstein (1931)

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Frankenstein (1931) The original one to be seen if you haven’t before you won’t be disappointed. Added to the National Film Registry in 1991. With Boris Karloff as the titled monster created by the doctor (Colin Clive) who brings him to life shouting "it’s alive!" & Mae Clarke. Directed by James Whale. #87 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movies list. #56 on AFI’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies list. "It’s [...]
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