Articles by Rob

Farewell to Arms A (1932)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Farewell to Arms A (1932) A fairly good adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel (by Benjamin Glazer 7th Heaven (1927) and Oliver H.P. Garrett) about two officers in World War I falling for the same nurse (played by Helen Hayes). Gary Cooper plays the one who wins her (no surprise here) Adolphe Menjou plays the Doctor who doesn’t. Some fairly improbable things plot-wise but blame Hemingway! The film was nominated for Best Picture & Art [...]

The Falcon Series

August 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Falcon in Mexico (1944) The Falcon’s Brother (1942) The Falcon’s Alibi (1946) The Falcon in Danger (1943) The Falcon in San Francisco (1945) The Falcon in Hollywood (1944) The Falcon Strikes Back (1943) The Falcon Takes Over (1942) The Falcon Out West (1944) The Falcon and the Co-eds [...]

Green Pastures The (1936)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Green Pastures The (1936) Directed by Marc Connelly (based on his play) and William Keighley this all-Black cast biblical drama includes musical accompaniment by the Hall Johnson Choir. As told to some rural Black Sunday School children (George Reed’s character) several stories of the Old Testament Bible are creatively recreated and somewhat contemporarily realized in flashback sequences. Rex Ingram plays three characters: De Lawd (God) [...]

Charly (1968)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Charly (1968) Produced & directed by Ralph Nelson (Lilies of the Field (1963)) with a story based on Daniel Keyes’s “Flowers for Algernon” and a screenplay by Stirling Silliphant (In the Heat of the Night (1967)) this slightly above average drama earned Cliff Robertson (in the title role) a Best Actor Oscar his only Academy recognition. Charly Gordon is a retarded adult who attends a night school that’s taught by Alice [...]

King Kong (1933)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

King Kong (1933) photograph intentionally large Fay Wray is the human star in this film about the famous mythical ape. Many times remade and copied and another in the works watching this original is still a special experience not to be missed. Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot also star. Added to the National Film Registry in 1991. #43 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movies list. #12 on AFI’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies list. #24 on AFI’s [...]

Guys and Dolls (1955)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Guys and Dolls (1955) Though I wouldn’t rate it as one of my favorite musicals I think the first scene with Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons in the mission where they make “the deal” is worth the price of admission. What great dialogue! Any doubts I had about Brando in the role were erased after watching it even though his singing was pretty hard to bear. Frank Sinatra & Vivian Blaine also star in this Joseph L. Mankiewicz [...]

Prizefighter and the Lady The (1933)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Prizefighter and the Lady The (1933) Co-produced and directed by W.S. Van Dyke with an original story by two time Oscar winner Frances Marion (The Champ (1931)) which was adapted by John Lee Mahin and John Meehan (The Divorcee (1930)) this average boxing film features real heavyweight champion Max Baer with Myrna Loy in the title roles. Ring champs Primo Carnera and Jack Dempsey also appear as themselves. Walter Huston plays an ex-manager now a [...]

Oklahoma Kid The (1939)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Oklahoma Kid The (1939) An entertaining Western directed by Lloyd Bacon which features a pretty good ‘sooner’ land rush scene and stars James Cagney in the title role Humphrey Bogart as the “bad guy” who wears black Rosemary Lane as the girl Donald Crisp as her father the judge Charles Middleton and Ward Bond among others. Featuring a story by Wally Kline & Edward Paramore who wrote the screenplay with Warren Duff [...]

Trader Horn (1931) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

Trader Horn (1931) – full review! Dated with a razor thin plot and definitely NOT politically correct this pre-code film initially makes one feel as if they’re looking through a National Geographic magazine. Plus one sees real animals being shot dead and hears some less than complimentary references about the “people of color”. Nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and starring Harry Carey it was directed by W. S. Van Dyke. [...]

Classic Movie Absurdities

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Classic Movie Absurdities Watching a movie frequently requires one to suspend disbelief to fully enjoy the experience. The film-maker essentially asks his audience to accept: the premise that deep space (and/or time) travel is possible or even commonplace a protagonist with supernatural powers or that certain real events in the past occurred differently than their historical record indicates. Viewing classic movies compels one to accept still [...]
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