Obscure Films

Gunga Din (1939)

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Gunga Din (1939) Based on a Rudyard Kipling poem this is a very entertaining adventure film with an excellent cast including Cary Grant Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Victor McLaglen Sam Jaffe (in the title role) Eduardo Ciannelli and Joan Fontaine. Directed by George Stevens after Howard Hawks was removed when Bringing Up Baby (1938) bombed at the box office; it was added to the National Film Registry in 1999. Oscar nominated for its Cinematography (the [...]

Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) – full review!

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Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) – full review! The title of this above average Western refers to a train that Kirk Douglas’s Marshal Matt Morgan must make at the end of the drama. But first the lawman wait most of the day for the train and then face a gauntlet to get to the station with his prisoner – Earl Holliman as Rick Belden – much like Van Heflin had to with Glenn Ford in 3:10 to Yuma (1957). Whereas Ford was the [...]

Step Lively (1944)

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Step Lively (1944) This musical remake of the Marx Brothers’ comedy Room Service (1938) was directed by Tim Whelan. Warren Duff & Peter Milne adapted the Allen Boretz-John Murray play of the same name. To make it fresh and more fully utilize their top billed lead Frank Sinatra the story was changed a bit – he plays the Oswego writer Glen Russell that Frank Albertson played in the original but Sinatra’s character (low and [...]

No Other Woman (1933)

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No Other Woman (1933) Produced by David O. Selznick and directed by J. Walter Ruben this “run of the mill” drama boasts a couple of big name stars Irene Dunne and Charles Bickford. Marred by poor stilted acting (particularly by Bickford) what may have been a better film is simply too pat with an overly melodramatic ending. Realizing the film itself is more than 70 years old it’s hard to fault the plot by itself one which has [...]

All Fall Down (1962)

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All Fall Down (1962) Directed by John Frankenheimer this William Inge (Splendor in the Grass (1961)) screenplay about relationships in a dysfunctional family features a pretty good cast: Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront (1954)) Karl Malden (A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)) Angela Lansbury (The Manchurian Candidate (1962)) Brandon De Wilde (Shane (1953)) and Warren Beatty (Bonnie and Clyde (1967)). While it may serve as a parable about how NOT [...]

Kid from Texas The (1939)

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Kid from Texas The (1939) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon (who produced Born Yesterday (1950)) this somewhat annoying and infrequently amusing “comedy” was based on a story by Milton Merlin & Byron Morgan screenplay by Florence Ryerson Edger Allan Woolf and Albert Mannheimer (also Born Yesterday (1950)) and features Dennis O’Keefe Florence Rice Jessie Ralph Buddy Ebsen Virginia Dale and Jack Carson among others. William Malone [...]

Stars in My Crown (1950)

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Stars in My Crown (1950) Directed by Jacques Tourneur much of this excellent Western drama’s story is narrated by Marshall Thompson as the now grown-up boy who’s played by Dean Stockwell in the rest of the film. It’s a terrific period piece with McCrea as a gospel preacher Josiah Dozier Grey in a small rural town that emphasizes (sometimes at the point of a gun) fair treatment and ethical ways to his nephew (Stockwell) and his [...]

Something New (1920)

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Something New (1920) Directed and written by the film’s two stars Nell Shipman (who also produced it) and Bert Van Tuyle this film’s razor thin plot is more a showcase for the incredible capabilities of a certain automobile (the titled character) of the time manufactured by Maxwell as the leads drive it over the rocky desert terrain in Mexico. Other than the Army’s Jeep I don’t think there are a lot of vehicles built [...]

The Sound of Music (1965)

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The Sound of Music (1965) A review of this film 40 years after its release! Capitalizing on two “hot” properties of the early sixties director Robert Wise (West Side Story (1961)) and the infinitely talented Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins (1964)) this film delivers some pure cinematic magic like none before it nor since especially the sequences which feature the songs “Do Re Mi” (#88 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All [...]

Desk Set (1957)

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Desk Set (1957) Another entertaining Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy pairing the one is about an efficiency expert (Tracy) assigned to “secretly” investigate implementing an electronic brain (e.g. a computer system) in the reference department of a television network. The head of the department (Hepburn) and her employees (Joan Blondell Sue Randall and Dina Merrill in her first film) who currently “look everything [...]
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