Postman Always Rings Twice The (1946)

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Postman Always Rings Twice The (1946) Starring the beautiful Lana Turner as Cora Smith and the always exciting John Garfield as Frank Chambers this film noir classic is a must-see! Turner is married to a small businessman Nick played by Cecil Kellaway stuck in a dull life when (who should happen into their diner?) Garfield arrives. What happens next is no mystery. You’ll also see an interesting performance by Hume Cronyn as Arthur Keats [...]

Counter-Attack (1945)

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Counter-Attack (1945) Produced and directed by Zoltan Korda with a screenplay by John Howard Lawson (Blockade (1938)) from an adaptation by Janet Stevenson and Philip Stevenson (Story of G.I. Joe (1945)) of Pobyeda a play by Ilya Vershinin and Mikhail Ruderman this psychological war drama features Paul Muni as Alexei Kulkov a Russian soldier who along with a female resistance fighter as his assistant Lisa Elenko (Marguerite Chapman) finds [...]

Princess and the Pirate The (1944) – full review!

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Princess and the Pirate The (1944) – full review! When producer Samuel Goldwyn lent Gary Cooper & Billy Wilder to Paramount he got to use comedian Bob Hope for two films (this was the second one). To capitalize on the success of the Hope-Bing Crosby “road” pictures he hired Don Hartman (Road to Morocco (1942)) among others to write the screenplay. The result was this affable comedy pirate adventure pairing Hope with the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Detective Story (1951)

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Detective Story (1951) This outstanding crime drama was produced and directed by William Wyler. It was based on a play by Sidney Kingsley and features an Academy Award nominated screenplay by Robert Wyler (the producer’s brother) and Philip Yordan (Dillinger (1945)). Director Wyler was also nominated as were Eleanor Parker’s lead actress and Lee Grant’s (screen debut and her first of four Oscar nominations in the category) [...]

Lives of a Bengal Lancer The (1935)

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Lives of a Bengal Lancer The (1935) A very entertaining film with a great cast and a story not to be confused with Gunga Din (1939). Gary Cooper Franchot Tone and Richard Cromwell are officers in the famous British regiment commanded by Colonel Stone (Sir Guy Standing) who battle a Muslim leader (Douglass Dumbrille) in Northwest India. Cooper and Tone also compete for the same girl (Kathleen Burke). Others appearing include: the ever reliable C. [...]

Girl Said No The (1930)

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Girl Said No The (1930) … not to be confused with the 1937 film of the same name … Directed by Sam Wood with dialogue by Charles MacArthur this A.P. Younger story was adapted by Sarah Y. Mason into a below average romantic comedy that’s likely to offend men and women alike. It’s not only sexist in the worst way but lead actor William Haines’s character practically forces the object of his desire (played by Leila Hyams) [...]

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

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Midnight Cowboy (1969) The big deal about this film is the fact that it was the first X-rated movie to win Best Picture (BTW it was re-rated R in 1971 without being reedited). Otherwise it just doesn’t hold up. Sylvia Miles 6-minute performance received a Best Supporting Actress nomination?! Though not a strong year for “Great Movies” I’d have voted for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) instead. Director John [...]

Mating Season The (1951)

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Mating Season The (1951) This delightfully funny (and ironic) comedy earned Thelma Ritter the second of her six unrewarded Supporting Actress Oscar nominations even though her role is really a leading one. It was directed by Mitchell Leisen (Dynamite (1929)); producer Charles Brackett (Sunset Blvd. (1950)) wrote the screenplay with Richard Breen (A Foreign Affair (1948)) and Walter Reisch (Ninotchka (1939)) from a play by Caesar Dunn. It also [...]
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