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Citadel The (1938)

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Citadel The (1938) Robert Donat’s only other Oscar nominated acting performance is a pretty good story (also Oscar nominated) about a struggling doctor who is tempted by fortune to abandon his ideals. Rosalind Russell Ralph Richardson and a young Rex Harrison (who also plays a doctor) also star in this King Vidor directed film. The picture and its director were also nominated for Oscars. Purchase this DVD now [...]

Star is Born A (1937)

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Star is Born A (1937) Although some prefer this to the Judy Garland/James Mason version I think both are great. This one stars Janet Gaynor as the talented yet undiscovered actress who makes her way to Hollywood to pursue her dream. The first one to recognize her talent is an aging declining actor (Fredric March) who falls in love with her helps her and marries her before she hits it big. Hence he is overshadowed by her and she’s [...]

Desert Passage (1952)

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Desert Passage (1952) Another in the series of several unconnected B Westerns starring Tim Holt using his own name with sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty played by Richard Martin. This one also features several other recognizable character actors including Walter Reed John Dehner Clayton Moore (TV’s The Lone Ranger) and Denver Pyle. The film itself is average and nothing special though it does provide enough intrigue for an [...]

Single Standard The (1929) – full review!

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Single Standard The (1929) – full review! Produced and directed by John S. Robertson based on Adela Rogers St. Johns (What Price Hollywood? (1932)) novel with adaptation & scenario by Josephine Lovett (Our Dancing Daughters (1928)) this average Greta Garbo silent also stars Nils Asther and Johnny Mack Brown. Garbo plays a debutante whose first love affair with a chauffeur ends in tragedy. This colors her future relationships which [...]

End of the World-Last Man on Earth dramas

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End of the World-Last Man on Earth dramas As part of TCM’s Martin Luther King Day marathon in 2008 the channel showed The World the Flesh and the Devil (1959) one of the earliest of so many “last man on earth” sci-fi dramas that have been produced for the big screen or as “movies of the week” for television over the years. The first one that I can remember seeing was The Omega Man (1971) featuring Charlton Heston (in [...]

Dinner at Eight (1933)

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Dinner at Eight (1933) All the early 1930’s Hollywood stars are in this one which received NO awards of any type but is a very enjoyable couple of hours (an essential comedy drama)! Marie Dressler and Jean Harlow have perhaps the most memorable scene discussing a book and Harlow’s "profession". Oblivious to most everything else Billie Burke is planning the titled meal in order to improve her social standing. But her husband [...]

January 2006 – Robert Montgomery

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January 2006 – Robert Montgomery Sunday January 1 – Sinbads – HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 6:15 AM The Clock (1945) – an above average film about a G.I. (Robert Walker) who’s got a two day leave in New York and falls in love with a young woman (Judy Garland). James Gleason plays a milkman who enables their romance by driving them around. Gleason’s real wife Lucile plays his wife in the film. Keenan Wynn also appears. [...]

Home from the Hill (1960) – full review!

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Home from the Hill (1960) – full review! This big sprawling beautifully shot epic drama with credible acting features early performances by two young actors (with the same first name) that would go on to make names for themselves – George Peppard and George Hamilton. It was directed by Vincente Minnelli (Gigi (1958)) and features a screenplay by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch that recalls their later Academy Award nominated [...]

Waterloo Bridge (1931) – full review!

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Waterloo Bridge (1931) – full review! This original version of the Robert Sherwood play is quite different than the more famous MGM remake starring Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor. The story is more efficiently told and without flashbacks such that this film is nearly half an hour shorter. It was directed by James Whale and the screenplay was written by Benn Levy and Tom Reed (Night People (1954)). The most notable aspect of this movie is [...]

Daddy-Long-Legs (1919) – full review!

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Daddy-Long-Legs (1919) – full review! Mary Pickford plays an orphan girl. So what’s new in this drama? Well of course she’s the one that leads and/or cares for the other children in the orphanage which is run by a tyrant (Milla Davenport) while its unawares board members eat high on the hog with the public money. So what’s new in this Mary Pickford drama? Well there’s a rich girl (Fay Lemport) who’s raised in [...]
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