Essential Films

Edward My Son (1949)

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Edward My Son (1949) Directed by George Cukor (whose most recent Academy Award nomination had been for A Double Life (1947)) this Noel Langley-Robert Morley play received a screenplay treatment from Donald Ogden Stewart (The Philadelphia Story (1940)). Morley who’d played the lead role in the British stage production was replaced by Spencer Tracy (who plays a “bad guy” for a change very credibly I might add) in this film [...]

Macario (1960)

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Macario (1960) Directed by Roberto Gavaldón who also co-wrote the screenplay this foreign fantasy drama tells the story of a poor Mexican woodcutter who is unable to provide enough food to feed his family such that they are slowly starving to death. His wife and mother to his many children washes clothes in a futile effort to help make ends meet. When her self sacrificing husband says that he will no longer eat until he can afford an entire [...]

Absent Minded Professor The (1961)

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Absent Minded Professor The (1961) Three years before director Robert Stevenson and screenwriter-producer Bill Walsh would collaborate and receive their only Academy recognition for their work on Mary Poppins (1964) with Julie Andrews they made this family comedy fantasy featuring Fred MacMurray in the title role as Prof. Ned Brainard. Based on a story by Samuel Taylor the professor finally succeeds in (accidentally unaware of some interference [...]

Turn Back the Clock (1933)

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Turn Back the Clock (1933) Directed by Edgar Selwyn who co-wrote the screenplay with Ben Hecht (Underworld (1927) & The Scoundrel (1935)) the story is a very clever exploration into the “what if” as in “what if I made a different choice at a pivotal moment in my life” and what would have happened. It stars Lee Tracy (The Best Man (1964)) as the man who gets the opportunity to “see” how his life may have [...]

1953

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1953 1953 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture From Here to Eternity (1953)   Julius Caesar (1953)   Roman Holiday (1953)   Shane (1953)   The Robe (1953)   Best Actor in a Leading Role   William Holden Stalag 17 (1953) Montgomery Clift From Here to Eternity (1953)   Burt Lancaster From Here to Eternity (1953)   Marlon Brando Julius Caesar (1953) [...]

Bride Came C.O.D. The (1941)

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Bride Came C.O.D. The (1941) Directed by William Keighley with a screenplay by Julius and Philip Epstein this average comedy features the second and last pairing of Warner Bros.’s stars James Cagney and Bette Davis; the other was Jimmy the Gent (1934). Davis plays an oil heiress on her way to eloping with Jack Carson‘s character when her father played by Eugene Pallette hires freight pilot Cagney to return her home unmarried agreeing to [...]

Sunset Blvd. (1950)

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Sunset Blvd. (1950) William Holden plays failed screenwriter Joe Gillis who meets a much older former silent screen star Norma Desmond played by Gloria Swanson. Having few options he works for her trying to pen a comeback screenplay for her dream return to stardom (which he believes is a waste of time). He also lives in her residence (with she and her German butler Max played by Erich von Stroheim) where they watch her old films together and [...]

Hangmen Also Die! (1943) – full review!

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Hangmen Also Die! (1943) – full review! This World War II propaganda thriller featuring a better than average plot and tolerable jingoism was co-produced and directed by Fritz Lang who also co-wrote its story (with Bertolt Brecht) that was adapted by John Wexley. Set in occupied Czechoslovakia the drama begins with the (unseen) assassination of the ruling Nazi official German officer Reinhard Heydrich (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski) known [...]

The Mysterious Desperado (1949)

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The Mysterious Desperado (1949) If brawling is your thing this B movie Tim Holt Western (directed by Lesley Selander written by Norman Houston) is for you. The cast includes Tim’s regular sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty (Richard Martin) Edward Norris as Chito’s cousin Ramon and Movita as his fiancée Luisa Frank Wilcox playing his typical bad guy role – this time as a Santo Domingo county California land administrator [...]

Great Lover The (1931)

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Great Lover The (1931) Directed by Harry Beaumont (The Broadway Melody (1929)) this average drama stars Adolphe Menjou in the title role as an Italian opera star and infamous lover who “discovers” an American opera student played by Irene Dunne on his return cruise from Italy. Jean Paurel (Menjou) renowned as much for his womanizing as his Don Giovanni meets the attractive Diana Page (Dunne) asking him for lunch at the opera house [...]
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