The World the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

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The World the Flesh and the Devil (1959) The World the Flesh and the Devil (1959) starts out fine before it goes awry. Its most basic flaws are its awkward clumsy attempts to make a social statements – about race and humanity – which are unearned by the depth of its exploration. However given the fact that the movie was released years before the Civil Rights Act was signed by President Johnson in 1964 – something which is [...]

The Sting (1973)

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The Sting (1973) A very entertaining Depression Era con man film complete with twists turns and plenty of index finger nose rubbing. This marvelously constructed caper comedy with an outstanding cast won the Academy Award for Best Picture; Julia Phillips (along with husband Michael and Tony Bill) was the first female producer to even be nominated. Besides featuring the second & last classic pairing of acting heavyweights Paul Newman & [...]

Sabrina (1954)

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Sabrina (1954) Directed and co-written (with Samuel Taylor & Ernest Lehman) by Billy Wilder this essential romantic comedy stars Humphrey Bogart William Holden and Audrey Hepburn in the title role. It’s a love triangle featuring the three leads which was later remade with Harrison Ford Greg Kinnear and Julia Ormond. This film which won an Oscar for Edith Head’s B&W Costume Design received five other Oscar nominations [...]

Min and Bill (1930) – full review!

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Min and Bill (1930) – full review! Directed by George Hill with scenario and dialogue co-written by the tremendously talented (and not as well known as she should be) Frances Marion (The Champ (1931)) this above average comedy-drama features Marie Dressler’s Oscar winning Best Actress performance. She plays a self sacrificing woman who raises her floozy friend’s daughter as her own protecting her as a mother would a cub while [...]

Three on a Match (1932) – full review!

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Three on a Match (1932) – full review! Directed by Mervyn LeRoy with a story by John Bright and Kubec Glasmon (The Public Enemy (1931)) and a screenplay by Lucien Hubbard (The Star Witness (1931)) this 60+ minute drama features many of the actors and actresses who would become Warner Bros.’s biggest stars early in their careers. The story moves so quickly utilizing several film montages of newspaper headlines to mark the passage of time [...]

She Loved a Fireman (1937)

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She Loved a Fireman (1937) John Farrow directed this B movie action drama written by Carlton Sand and Morton Grant. Despite having (singing) Dick Foran Ann Sheridan Robert Armstrong and Eddie Acuff in its cast it’s a below average feature that runs less than an hour. It does contain several action sequences involving firemen their training and battling fires. Foran plays James ‘Red’ Tyler an obnoxious brute that decides to join [...]

Intruder in the Dust (1949)

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Intruder in the Dust (1949) A young boy (Claude Jarman Jr. from The Yearling (1946)) falls into a stream while hunting and is assisted by a proud Black man and property owner (Juano Hernandez) from whom he feels guilty for taking his charity. When the man is later accused of shooting another in the back the boy convinces his lawyer uncle (David Brian) to defend him which he reluctantly does. However he finds his client to be stubbornly [...]

Executive Suite (1954)

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Executive Suite (1954) A very good behind the scenes look at the corporate board room (of a furniture producer) and the decision making process when a company’s "close to the vest" chairman dies suddenly without a succession plan in place. The inevitable back-stabbing and politicking are played brilliantly by William Holden (the up and coming executive) Frederic March (the penny pinching accountant-type executive) Walter Pidgeon [...]

Stolen Life A (1946) – full review!

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Stolen Life A (1946) – full review! Directed by Curtis Bernhardt this implausible drama does feature some unique special effects earning it an Oscar nomination (one of several including awards for Nathan Levinson) which allow Bette Davis to appear as twin sister characters. Having become acquainted with some identical twins in my life I know that the premise put forth in this story – that one twin could pose as another remaining [...]

West Point Story The (1950)

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West Point Story The (1950) As opposed to a story about the United States Military Academy this musical romance comedy gave James Cagney a chance to return to the genre since his Best Actor Oscar performance as George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) though one does get a sense of West Point’s storied history and tradition. Ray Heindorf’s Score received an Academy Award nomination. It was directed by Roy Del Ruth with a [...]
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