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Katharine Hepburn: 100th anniversary collection

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Katharine Hepburn: 100th anniversary collection Purchase this DVD Collection now at Morning Glory (1933) Sylvia Scarlett (1935) – a very unique comedy with romantic elements that features the first of the four Katharine Hepburn-Cary Grant pairings; directed by George Cukor and based on the Compton MacKenzie novel its screenplay was written by Gladys Unger John Collier and Mortimer Offner. Hepburn plays the title role whose character also [...]

Hercules Samson and Ulysses (1963) aka Ercole sfida Sansone

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Hercules Samson and Ulysses (1963) aka Ercole sfida Sansone I don’t know what to say. From the poor dubbing to the ludicrous script and acting this one is not even good camp. Written and directed by Pietro Francisci it’s a combination Greek and Biblical ‘Spaghetti’ action drama with a little sexy thrown in courtesy of Liana Orfei who plays Delilah to Richard Lloyd’s Samson – even though she never gets a chance to trim his famous [...]

June Bride (1948)

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June Bride (1948) This above average comedy with a screenplay by Ranald MacDougall (Mildred Pierce (1945)) features Robert Montgomery as a former war correspondent looking for work. He reluctantly accepts a job to write an article for a women’s magazine about a typical American wedding even though its editor is a former lover Bette Davis who’s playing the typical “married to her job” successful but single career woman [...]

Cry Terror! (1958)

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Cry Terror! (1958) Jim Molner (James Mason) owns an electronics store and was duped into making a couple of small detonators for Paul Hoplin (Rod Steiger) a former Army demolitions expert. Hoplin told Molner they were for the military but filled them with an explosive element second only to plutonium and had them planted on an airplane by Eileen Kelly (Angie Dickinson). We find out these details in part through the FBI’s investigation after [...]

Back From Eternity (1956) – full review!

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Back From Eternity (1956) – full review! Produced and directed by John Farrow (Wake Island (1942)) in the same year that he’d win his only Academy Award sharing the Best Adapted Screenplay Writing Oscar for Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) this remake of director Farrow’s earlier RKO film Five Came Back (1939) features the same Richard Carroll story but this one’s screenplay was written by Jonathan Latimer instead. It’s a [...]

I Want to Live! (1958)

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I Want to Live! (1958) Susan Hayward finally won her Best Actress Oscar (on her fifth and last nomination) playing Barbara Graham in this “true” story. Ms. Graham was a small-time crook who “hung out” and partied with the wrong type of people. Because of these associations and her own actions she was sentenced to death for her involvement with a couple of killers. Her letters as she fought to escape the gas chamber and [...]

Thousand Clowns A (1965)

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Thousand Clowns A (1965) A very good and very funny (in a cynical sort of way) film which was nominated for Best Picture & Writing Oscars and features the Best Supporting Acting performance by Martin Balsam. The film stars Jason Robards Jr. as an out of work comedy writer and uncle/caretaker of a wise-cracking youth (Barry Gordon) doing so in a very non-traditional way. Barbara Harris and William Daniels play social workers who don’t [...]

Paper Moon (1973)

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Paper Moon (1973) Directed by Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show (1971)) with a screenplay by Alvin Sargent this essential comedy-drama features the screen debut of Tatum O’Neal with her father Ryan. The two play con artists who prey on gullible persons during the Depression. Ten year old Tatum who became the youngest ever Oscar winner for her Supporting Actress performance competed against (among others) Madeline Kahn who plays [...]

Sabotage (1936)

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Sabotage (1936) This is a story of a saboteur (played by Oskar Homolka) a terrorist bomber if you will whose motivations are never really explained. The only recognizable actors/actresses in the film are Sylvia Sidney & Homolka; director Alfred Hitchcock gets perhaps Sidney’s best on screen performance. She plays the saboteur’s wife whose younger brother (Desmond Tester) is killed by one of her husband’s bombs leading to a [...]

Gathering of Eagles A (1963) – full review!

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Gathering of Eagles A (1963) – full review! Directed by Delbert Mann (Marty (1955)) with a story by producer Sy Bartlett that was adapted by Robert Pirosh (Battleground (1949)) the film received an Academy Award nomination for its Sound Effects – lots of hardware on display including the requisite takeoffs and a dangerous landing. “It’s lonely at the top” is the movie cliché that’s recycled in this drama; in [...]
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