Articles by Rob

Sky’s the Limit The (1943)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sky’s the Limit The (1943) Even though the viewer is asked to suspend disbelief a bit more than usual for this particular musical comedy – one is expected to believe that Fred Astaire is a decorated ace for the Flying Tigers – it’s still a fairly entertaining film until the story bogs down after the first hour. While the speech that Robert Benchley’s character gives would still amuse many corporate audiences today [...]

Mad Max (1979)

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Mad Max (1979) Set in the not-so-distant future of Australia and its vast expanses of open spaces a gay biker gang claims the road as their own by terrorizing the towns and citizens found there. The MFP (police) pursue them in vain until the Interceptor (driven by Mel Gibson in the title role) can track them down; the result is usually a spectacularly fatal crash. Produced by Bill Miller and Byron Kennedy on a shoestring budget this cult classic [...]

Stand-In (1937) – full review!

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Stand-In (1937) – full review! This spoof (satire) of how the Hollywood studio system used to work (behind the scenes) is filled with clichés and slapstick comedy; it will entertain most classic movie fans at least for the first two thirds or so before it bogs down. Just before Leslie Howard was to play Professor Henry Higgins in Pygmalion (1938) he played a similar character in this one Atterbury Dodd a Wall Street wizard mathematician [...]

Born to Be Bad (1950) – full review!

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Born to Be Bad (1950) – full review! Who does 33 year old Joan Fontaine think she’s fooling playing a business college student? Other than that incredulity and the fact that others are so easily manipulated by her seemingly inconsequential acts and words she plays a conniving bitch to rival Anne Baxter’s title character in that year’s All About Eve (1950) though Fontaine’s cute little smiles and feigned (yet [...]

Kiss Me Kate (1953)

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Kiss Me Kate (1953) A musical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and the play co-written by Sam & Bella Spewack (My Favorite Wife (1940)) this Dorothy Kingsley (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)) screenplay was directed by George Sidney. Multiple Oscar winners Andre Previn and Saul Chaplin received merely an Academy Award nomination for this movie’s Score. Howard Keel plays Fred Graham an [...]

Vogues of 1938 (1937) – full review!

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Vogues of 1938 (1937) – full review! Directed by Irving Cummings (In Old Arizona (1928)) and written by married couple Bella & Sam Spewack (My Favorite Wife (1940)) I found this early Technicolor Musical to be better than I thought it would be not great but entertaining. It’s also a mild comedy with a romance subplot featuring Warner Baxter (who’d won a Best Actor Oscar for In Old Arizona (1928)) Joan Bennett and Helen [...]

National Velvet (1944)

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National Velvet (1944) Clarence Brown received his fourth of five Best Director Oscar nominations (0 wins) for this early horse film much recycled & copied through the years. It features a lovely young Elizabeth Taylor playing opposite Mickey Rooney with excellent support provided by Donald Crisp Anne Revere (who won her only Oscar Supporting Actress out of three nominations) Angela Lansbury (in only her second film) Reginald Owen and Arthur [...]

Designing Woman (1957)

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Designing Woman (1957) This is a very funny movie starring Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall in a film with a set-up similar to the Hepburn-Tracy classic Woman of the Year (1942)). It deservedly won George Wells his only Oscar (on his only nomination) for Best Writing Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen and was directed by Vincente Minnelli. Peck is a New York sportswriter who’s on the West Coast on assignment doing a [...]

James Stewart: The Signature Collection

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James Stewart: The Signature Collection The Stratton Story (1949) The Naked Spur (1953) The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) The FBI Story (1959) – full review! Firecreek (1968) – full review! The Cheyenne Social Club (1970) – full review! Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) A film Mr. Hitchcock directed as a favor to his close friend Carole Lombard who stars with Robert Montgomery (and Gene Raymond & Jack Carson) in this uncharacteristic screwball comedy. Predictably it’s not very good. It’s a rather thin story about a couple with an up-and-down relationship who are told that their marriage license is invalid and "humor" that follows as they each have to decide [...]
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