Stairways for Death

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Stairways for Death Falling down a staircase can be fatal and filmmakers have used this fact to provide us with several memorable movie deaths – whether the fall was accidental or the stairs were a convenient murder weapon of choice. One could probably label the use of this readily available prop yet another classic movie cliche especially if one counted the films in which stairways (or other falling down “accidents”) are used [...]

All About Eve (1950)

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All About Eve (1950) Bette Davis’ famous line “Fasten your seat belts it’s going to be a bumpy night!” (#9 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list) is just one reason this film about ambition & ruthlessness is remembered. Another is the fact that this Best Picture Oscar winner was the second to receive five acting nominations though only George Sanders won (Supporting Actor). The others nominated in this [...]

Above and Beyond (1952)

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Above and Beyond (1952) Directed by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama who also wrote the screenplay (and share three Best Writing Oscar nominations between them) this historical drama was adapted from Beirne Lay Jr.’s story for which Lay Jr. received a Best Writing Motion Picture Story Academy Award nomination; Hugo Friedhofer’s Score was also nominated. Similar to The Beginning or the End (1947) this film tells the story behind the [...]

Rhapsody in Blue (1945) – full review!

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Rhapsody in Blue (1945) – full review! Directed by Irving Rapper with a screenplay co-written by Howard Koch (Casablanca (1942)) & Elliot Paul from Sonya Levien’s (Interrupted Melody (1955)) story this fictionalized biography of George Gershwin captures the spirit of the great composer’s passion and features much of his varied music including the titled composition. Robert Alda (father of Alan) plays Gershwin (in his film [...]

Midnight (1939)

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Midnight (1939) A very funny film not to be missed by anyone who’s yet to see it. It stars Claudette Colbert as a showgirl who arrives in Paris penniless but is assisted by a taxi driver played by Don Ameche. When she realizes his interest in her is more than she wants she ditches him and ends up crashing a society party meeting a wealthy man (John Barrymore) whose wife (Mary Astor) is cheating on him. This man knows the showgirl doesn’t [...]

Prisoner of Zenda The (1937)

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Prisoner of Zenda The (1937) The best of the many versions of this classic "identity theft" story. It stars Ronald Colman in the title/duel role. Madeleine Carroll plays love interest Princess Flavia; C. Aubrey Smith and David Niven play the members of the King’s court who devise the deception to keep Raymond Massey aided by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. from assuming power. Mary Astor also stars. The film received two Academy Award [...]

1928-1929

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1928-1929 1928-1929 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture The Broadway Melody (1929) Alibi (1929) The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) In Old Arizona (1928) The Patriot (1928)   Best Actor in a Leading Role Warner Baxter In Old Arizona (1928) Chester Morris Alibi (1929) Lewis Stone The Patriot (1928) George Bancroft Thunderbolt (1929) Paul Muni The Valiant (1929) Best Actress in a [...]

Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

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Sullivan’s Travels (1941) A classic essential comedy from writer-director Preston Sturges about a movie director (Joel McCrea) who sets out with "one thin dime" to find out what people are really like in order to make a more meaningful film than he has been. The beautiful blonde actress forever associated with her peek-a-boo hair style Veronica Lake plays a woman he befriends along the way and William Demarest plays a movie [...]

Big Sleep The (1946)

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Big Sleep The (1946) O.K. so no one really knows what happened in this film (e.g. the actual solution to the mystery is still being debated today and apparently wasn’t known at the time either;-). It’s still a classic with Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe investigating a murder and a socialite’s (Martha Vickers) involvement for her father (Charles Waldren). Her sister played by Lauren Bacall gets involved pretty deeply in the [...]

Hot Millions (1968) – full review!

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Hot Millions (1968) – full review! Directed by Eric Till with a story & screenplay written directly for the screen that earned Ira Wallach & lead actor Peter Ustinov (Topkapi (1964)) their only Writing Academy Award nominations this dated comedy has an ironic conclusion. Fans of Ustinov’s characterizations complete with fumbling mannerisms intended to make one wonder if he (e.g. his character) is bumbling idiot or a genius [...]
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