Articles by Rob

Come Back Little Sheba (1952)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Come Back Little Sheba (1952) I highly recommend you see Shirley Booth’s Oscar winning performance (in her screen debut!) if you haven’t with Terry Moore (also nominated). Have your hankies ready though for this screen adaptation of William Inge’s (Splendor in the Grass (1961)) play. It’s a sad story of a lonely woman married to an alcoholic (Burt Lancaster) that takes on a young attractive boarder (Moore). The older [...]

Hatari! (1962)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hatari! (1962) Produced and directed by Howard Hawks with a screenplay by Leigh Brackett that was based on a story by Harry Kurnitz (What Next Corporal Hargrove? (1945)) this adventure comedy drama set in Africa is notable for Russell Harlan’s Color Cinematography which was Oscar nominated (his third of six unrewarded Academy Award nominations in this category) and Henri Mancini’s original song “Baby Elephant Walk”. The [...]

Night and Day (1946)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Night and Day (1946) Michael Curtiz directed this below average fictionalized musical biography of Cole Porter which earned an Academy Award nomination for its Ray Heindorf-Max Steiner musical Score. Written by Charles Hoffman Leo Townsend and William Bowers with an adaptation by Jack Moffitt it features several uninspired renditions of Porter’s music and stage productions including the Yale fight song (“Bulldog”) “What [...]

Americanization of Emily The (1964)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Americanization of Emily The (1964) Directed by Arthur Hiller (Love Story (1970)) with a screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky (Marty (1955)) that was based on William Bradford Huie’s novel this essential anti-war comedy drama stars James Garner Julie Andrews (in the title role her only B&W film) Melvyn Douglas James Coburn Keenan Wynn as an old sailor Judy Carne Sharon Tate (uncredited) and more. It was nominated for B&W Art Direction-Set [...]

Gladiator (2000)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Gladiator (2000) Though not as good as Spartacus (1960) and with a storyline that shares many elements with The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) this Oscar winning epic was obviously the best picture from this year and hence won the Academy’s top prize. Best Actor Russell Crowe’s Maximus is #50 on AFI’s hero list. Those responsible for the film’s Costumes Sound and Special Effects also took home Oscars. Director Ridley Scott [...]

Desperate Journey (1942)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Desperate Journey (1942) Don’t take this one too seriously just sit back and enjoy this World War II action adventure which features a great cast. Directed by Raoul Walsh this Arthur T. Horman original screenplay is about an Allied bomber which is hit by enemy fire that has to crash land behind enemy lines. Its crew led by Errol Flynn must then find their way back to friendly territory. Along the way they disrupt as many Axis operations as [...]

Mildred Pierce (1945)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Mildred Pierce (1945) Joan Crawford plays the title role a mother who will do anything for her selfish daughter Veda played by Ann Blyth. Mildred even goes into business becoming a successful restaurant owner but Veda is still ungrateful even as her mother has provided her opportunities in society. Jack Carson plays Wally Fay a man Mildred manipulates; Zachary Scott is Monte Beragon another who gets involved in a tragic love triangle of sorts [...]

Neptune’s Daughter (1949)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Neptune’s Daughter (1949) Directed by Edward Buzzell and written by Dorothy Kingsley (who would share a Best Writing Oscar some years later for her work on Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)) this below average Musical comedy stars Esther Williams (in the title role?) Keenan Wynn Red Skelton Ricardo Montalban and Betty Garrett. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” earned Frank Loesser his only Oscar on his fourth try out of five [...]

Gone With the Wind (1939)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Gone With the Wind (1939) I couldn’t possibly add any new information about this first color film to win the Best Picture Academy Award in a year which featured so many great films but I’ll try … did you know that George Reeves TV’s original Superman is in the movie? And though the film’s three million dollar cost was dubbed outrageous at the time the comparable amount in 2004 dollars (40 Million) means it was [...]

Cabaret (1972)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Cabaret (1972) This Bob Fosse-directed musical – based on the Tony Award winning Harold ‘Hal’ Prince-directed Broadway production – features career performances from Liza Minnelli (The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)) and Joel Grey both of whom won Academy Awards for their work: Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively. Grey had also won a Tony as did Prince and for the movie Fosse took home the gold. The film won Oscars for its Art [...]
1 2 3 153