Royal Wedding (1951)

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Royal Wedding (1951) The first film by director Stanley Donen though he’d co-directed On the Town (1949) with Gene Kelly was written by Alan Jay Lerner (released the same year he earned his first Oscar for writing An American in Paris (1951) which featured Kelly in the title role). This Arthur Freed production stars Fred Astaire and Jane Powell replacing Judy Garland who was finally fired by MGM management for repeatedly missing or [...]

Logan’s Run (1976)

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Logan’s Run (1976) Another sci-fi thriller concerned with overpopulation this one’s population of genetically altered test-tube babies must reside in agriculturally enhanced bubble cities because the outside world is clouded in the aftermath of nuclear (?) destruction. Each person’s hand sports an indicator of their age which changes from white to red when they’ve lived their 30 years. Those that run refusing to [...]

This Time for Keeps (1942)

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This Time for Keeps (1942) Much like a B movie version of the Andy Hardy series (unless of course one deems that a B movie series) this follow-up comedy drama (using some of the same actors if not the same surnamed characters) to the Herman J. Mankiewicz story Keeping Company (1940) “feels” much like an hour long (1950’s era e.g. unsophisticated) syndicated television family sitcom. It was directed by Charles Reisner with a [...]

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

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Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) This essential drama (from Howard Breslin’s story) stars Spencer Tracy as John J. Macreedy a man alone who’s trying to uncover a secret about what happened to an "old friend" in the titled remote Western town. His performance was Oscar nominated; director John Sturges and screenwriter Millard Kaufman (Take the High Ground! (1953)) also received nominations. Robert Ryan plays Reno Smith the [...]

Little Women (1949) – full review!

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Little Women (1949) – full review! I’d heard this was the weakest screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel. However after 90 minutes of wonderfully sentimental tear-jerking moments to say nothing of the Academy Award winning Art Direction-Set Decoration and Oscar nominated Color Cinematography I thought those assessments must be wrong. Unfortunately the last fourth of the film which focuses primarily on the Jo March [...]

To Sir with Love (1967) – full review!

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To Sir with Love (1967) – full review! One of only a handful of films produced and directed by writer James Clavell who later won an Emmy for his 1980 TV miniseries Shogun. Clavell adapted an E.R. Braithwaite for this above average drama that enabled Sidney Poitier to come full circle: from being a disruptive student of Glenn Ford’s in Richard Brooks’s Blackboard Jungle (1955) to playing a British Guana-born engineer educated [...]

Keep ‘Em Rolling (1934)

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Keep ‘Em Rolling (1934) This is a story of a man and his horse;-) Walter Huston plays a somewhat wild Sergeant in the pre-World War I cavalry. He gets busted down to Private after yet another drunken brawl. Shortly thereafter a new wild horse gets brought to the base and Huston has found a kindred soul. He works tirelessly to train the horse something only he could do and is so consumed with the task that he stops drinking and lets [...]

Patsy The (1928) – full review!

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Patsy The (1928) – full review! Directed by the great King Vidor this Marion Davies silent comedy also stars Marie Dressler in the comeback role credited with keeping the great dame from taking her own life and rejuvenating her career. Reportedly Vidor hadn’t considered “drama queen” Davies appropriate for comedic roles until he got better acquainted with her and her sense of humor socially at William Randolph [...]

Separate Tables (1958)

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Separate Tables (1958) Outstanding drama about the lives of lonely people who’ve chosen to live in a seaside hotel featuring a great cast. It was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture winning two (David Niven for Best Actor with his only nomination & Wendy Hiller for Best Supporting Actress). Deborah Kerr also nominated Rita Hayworth Burt Lancaster and Rod Taylor round out the cast. Delbert Mann who won Best Director for [...]

Sundowners The (1960)

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Sundowners The (1960) A terrific period piece about a family of drovers (sheep herders) in Australia in the 1920’s and the struggle within the family between those that want to settle down mother (Deborah Kerr) and son vs. the father (Robert Mitchum) that doesn’t. Peter Ustinov plays a British drifter who joins them; Glynis Johns a woman for him. A 4 star film by director Fred Zinnemann who received Oscar nominations for Best Picture [...]
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