Obscure Films

Baby Face (1933) – full review!

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Baby Face (1933) – full review! Barbara Stanwyck is perfectly cast in the title role of this sexy drama that was recently restored to its scandalous pre-code origins. Alfred Green directed the Darryl F. Zanuck (aka Mark Canfield) story; Gene Markey and Kathryn Scola wrote the screenplay. It’s the story of a woman who grew up in a horrible environment that made her a tramp. But she receives some advice from a local (factory town Erie) [...]

Young and the Brave The (1963)

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Young and the Brave The (1963) Except for the fact that it was shot in letterbox format this film is not unlike a TV “Movie of the Week” given it’s pedestrian direction and cinematography. It was directed by Francis Lyon an Oscar winning co-editor of the John Garfield boxing film Body and Soul (1947) and sometime feature film director who directed several TV series before and one after he did this one. The story and screenplay [...]

Young Bess (1953)

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Young Bess (1953) An historical account (however fictionalized) about Queen Elizabeth I from childhood to assuming the throne upon “Bloody Mary’s death. Jean Simmons plays the title role the daughter of Henry VIII (Charles Laughton) and Ann Boleyn (Elaine Stewart) shown briefly before meeting her fate. An uncredited baby then child actress (Noreen Corcoran) plays Bess during the years when the King was systematically eliminating his [...]

Midnight Lace (1960)

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Midnight Lace (1960) A Hitchcock-like thriller directed by David Miller with a screenplay by the Oscar nominated collaborators Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts (Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)). This one features Doris Day (from Hitch’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)) as the wife of Rex Harrison and a woman who’s being tormented by a mysterious voice. Alone in their apartment most of the time per her busy husband’s work Day’s [...]

Road House (1948)

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Road House (1948) Here are my thoughts about screenwriter-producer Edward Chodorov’s Road House (1948) – starring Ida Lupino Cornel Wilde Celeste Holm and Richard Widmark (in his third film) – which was directed by Jean Negulesco. The title was unfortunately reused for a Patrick Swayze –vehicle some 40 years later so I thought that reviewing this classic might help those who’ve only seen the 1989 movie to forget. Although it features a [...]

Bullitt (1968)

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Bullitt (1968) A large portion of this film is consumed by one of the best car chases ever released on film. I think I actually like the one in The Seven-Ups (1973) better though I prefer Steve McQueen to Roy Scheider. This one also stars Robert Vaughn Jacqueline Bisset Robert Duvall and Norman Fell. It won the Best Editing Oscar; and was nominated for Best Sound. Directed by Peter Yates it’s #36 on AFI’s 100 Most Heart-Pounding Movies list. [...]

Kapo (1959)

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Kapo (1959) Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award this film tells a compelling realistic story about a young Jewish girl played by Susan Strasberg (some of her best acting too) who must change in order to survive imprisonment in a camp in World War II Germany. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo who shared writing credits with Franco Solinas. Edith (Strasberg) feeling safe in Paris returns home to find her Jewish parents being [...]

Interiors (1978)

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Interiors (1978) This unusual drama from writer-director Woody Allen followed his Oscar winning Best Picture Annie Hall (1977). It’s about a fairly tightly knit family of three adult daughters all creative persons – two with spouses that must deal with the separation and divorce of their parents; their father (E.G. Marshall) who initiated it remarries near the end of the film. Mary Beth Hurt plays the daughter that’s closest [...]

Tempest (1928)

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Tempest (1928) This silent drama directed by Sam Taylor is a love story which takes place on the eve of the Russian Revolution. John Barrymore stars as a peasant Sergeant Ivan Markov that’s promoted to the Ranks that of Lieutenant with the help of a certain General played by George Fawcett. However when Markov is irresistibly drawn to the General’s daughter Princess Tamara (Camilla Horn) he ends up insulting the “snuck [...]

Public Enemy The (1931)

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Public Enemy The (1931) A star making vehicle for lead actor James Cagney whose tough guy "gangster" character Tom Powers pushes a grapefruit into the face of his moll Kitty’s (Mae Clarke uncredited) face. This essential crime drama features plenty of action including a dramatic ending. The original story by John Bright & Kubec Glasmon earned them their only Academy recognition when it was nominated for an Oscar. The film was [...]
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