Essays

1944

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

1944 1944 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Going My Way (1944) Double Indemnity (1944) Gaslight (1944) Since You Went Away (1944) Wilson (1944) Best Actor in a Leading Role Bing Crosby Going My Way (1944) Charles Boyer Gaslight (1944) Barry Fitzgerald Going My Way (1944) Cary Grant None But the Lonely Heart (1944) Alexander Knox Wilson (1944) Best Actress in a Leading Role Ingrid [...]

Storm Warning (1951) – full review!

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Storm Warning (1951) – full review! Directed by Stuart Heisler (who’d just received his only recognition from the Academy a Special Effects Oscar nomination he’d shared with Walter Wanger for Tulsa (1949)) and written by Richard Brooks and Danial Fuchs (who would go on to earn their own nominations) elements of this solid drama might remind some of a much more famous Elia Kazan-Tennessee Williams drama released six months later [...]

Mortal Storm The (1940)

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Mortal Storm The (1940) This is a pretty good film about the power of fascism illustrated by how it changes a family and a pre-World War II town in Europe. But what makes this movie so special in my mind is its cast. Frank Morgan is a professor who’s the head of the family which includes Margaret Sullavan and Robert Stack. James Stewart is dating Sullavan and Robert Young is friends with he and Stack. Bonita Granville and Maria Ouspenskaya [...]

Bohème La (1926)

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Bohème La (1926) La Boheme (1926) Directed by King Vidor and based on the Henri Murger novel (Life in the Latin Quarter) this above average silent stars Lillian Gish and John Gilbert (among others) as starving artists that live in the same apartment building in Paris’s Latin district Bohemia in 1830. It’s primarily a love story between these two main characters he’s a writer named Rodolphe while she’s a seamstress named [...]

Susan Hayward

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Susan Hayward On March 14 1975 actress Susan Hayward died a few months shy of her 58th birthday; the cause of death was multiple cancerous and inoperable brain tumors. She was buried about 40 miles west of Atlanta (20 miles from the Alabama state line) in Carrollton Georgia with her second husband Floyd Eaton Chalkley a wealthy lawyer and businessman who’d died nine years earlier. She’d been born Edythe Marrener in Brooklyn New York [...]

The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

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The Films of Alfred Hitchcock References: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock by Harris & Lasky; imdb.com; afi.com The Lodger (1927) – full review! Easy Virtue (1928) The Ring (1927) – full review! The Farmer’s Wife (1928) – full review! The Manxman (1929) – full review! Blackmail (1929) – full review! (photo) Juno and the Paycock (1930) – full review! Murder! (1930) The Skin Game (1931) – full [...]

White Banners (1938)

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White Banners (1938) Directed by Edmund Goulding with a screenplay co-written by Lenore J. Coffee (Four Daughters (1938)) Abem Finkel (Sergeant York (1941)) and Cameron Rogers this above average drama features Fay Bainter’s only Oscar nomination in the Best Actress category. Typically a Supporting Actress Bainter won the Academy Award in that category while losing Best Actress to her co-star Bette Davis for Jezebel (1938). In this film Bainter [...]

Get-Away The (1941)

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Get-Away The (1941) Jeff Crane (Robert Sterling) is a tough guy who leads with his mouth and bluster. For committing a crime he’s shown being processed into a prison run by Warden Alcott (Henry O’Neill) and given a cell with another hard case Sonny Black (Dan Dailey). We’re then treated to several typical prison flick scenes (could be from The Big House (1930) also looks similar to the sets used in Brute Force (1947)) including a food [...]

Merrily We Live (1938)

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Merrily We Live (1938) Produced by Hal Roach directed by Norman Z. McLeod and written by Jack Jevne & Eddie Moran all of whom were responsible for Topper (1937) the year before this essential screwball comedy also features Constance Bennett Billie Burke and Alan Mowbray. Even though its core story (and more) is similar to My Man Godfrey (1936) it delivers laughs by the bundle with its quirky characters and clever dialogue. Eric Hatch who [...]

Pirates of the Prairie (1942)

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Pirates of the Prairie (1942) Directed by Howard Bretherton and written by J. Benton Cheney and Doris Schroeder from a Berne Giler story this B movie Tim Holt Western features goofy crooner Cliff Edwards as ‘Ukulele Ike’ a sidekick-like character who sings a couple of short tunes while he strums his guitar. Holt plays Larry Durant a deputy marshal who’s sent in undercover to untamed Spencerville to investigate a corrupted [...]
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