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In A Lonely Place (1950)

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In A Lonely Place (1950) A great film by director Nicholas Ray which gives a behind the scenes look at Hollywood. Humphrey Bogart plays a haunted impulsive and violent out of work writer. He meets a girl (Martha Stewart) who works in a restaurant that has written a trashy novel. After he has had her to his apartment to narrate the details for him she is found murdered. Naturally Bogart is suspected. However a beautiful blonde neighbor of his [...]

Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)

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Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) While Busby Berkeley provided only the choreography for the Mervyn LeRoy directed Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) he directed this Musical and provided its dance direction which earned him his first Academy Award nomination; his “Lullaby of Broadway” number which includes the Harry Warren-Al Dubin Oscar winning Song performed by Winifred Shaw is a spectacle featuring dozens of choreographed pianos! The story [...]

This Time for Keeps (1942)

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This Time for Keeps (1942) Much like a B movie version of the Andy Hardy series (unless of course one deems that a B movie series) this follow-up comedy drama (using some of the same actors if not the same surnamed characters) to the Herman J. Mankiewicz story Keeping Company (1940) “feels” much like an hour long (1950’s era e.g. unsophisticated) syndicated television family sitcom. It was directed by Charles Reisner with a [...]

Patton (1970)

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Patton (1970) “Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.” Director Franklin Schaffner won the Best Director Oscar on his only nomination for this Best Picture Oscar winner which brought home four more Oscars including Adapted Screenplay Writing (shared by Francis Ford Coppola). George C. Scott was the first Best Actor to [...]

Hell is for Heroes (1962) – full review!

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Hell is for Heroes (1962) – full review! Directed by Don Siegel and co-written by Robert Pirosh (Battleground (1949)) this gritty World War II drama stars Steve McQueen Bobby Darin Fess Parker Harry Guardino James Coburn and Bob Newhart (!) among others. Guardino plays the Sergeant of a group of veterans thinking they’re about to go home. The group includes Darin – the “free enterprise” scrounger who sells needed [...]

The Paradine Case (1947)

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The Paradine Case (1947) This was the last of the tumultuous director Alfred Hitchcock/producer David O. Selznick collaborations and it shows. Poorly cast with Gregory Peck (again) were Charles Laughton as a judge & Ethel Barrymore as his wife Ann Todd (a standout performance) Charles Coburn and Alida Valli. Additionally Louis Jourdan plays a role in his only Hitchcock film while Leo G. Carroll appears in his fourth of six. A woman (Valli) [...]

I Love You Again (1940)

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I Love You Again (1940) This is a very funny film definitely worth watching. It not only stars the great comedy duo from the Thin Man series William Powell & Myrna Loy but also features Frank McHugh. Directed by W. S. Van Dyke (The Thin Man (1934)) this comedy drama’s screenplay was written by Charles Lederer George Oppenheimer and Harry Kurnitz; Leon Gordon & Maurine Watkins’s story was based on Octavus Roy Cohen’s [...]

Left Handed Gun The (1958)

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Left Handed Gun The (1958) Arthur Penn directed (his first film) this disappointing Western biography of William Bonney aka Billy the Kid featuring Paul Newman in the title role. Originally a television play by Gore Vidal it was adapted by screenwriter Leslie Stevens. Newman and his James Dean-like method acting seems to the problem here the film bogs down significantly in the last 15 minutes showing little more than the actor grasping his head [...]

September 2006 – William Holden

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September 2006 – William Holden The Mouse That Roared (1959) – a TCM premiere! The Conformist (1970) aka Il Conformista (1970) – an all new capsule review! Married Bachelor (1941) – an all new full review! Tender Mercies (1983) – an all new capsule review! Breaker Morant (1980) – all new comments in TCM Picks Beyond the Rocks (1922) – all new comments in TCM Picks Peeping Tom (1960) – an all new [...]

Married Before Breakfast (1937)

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Married Before Breakfast (1937) Directed by Edwin Marin this Harry Ruskin story was adapted by Everett Freeman and George Oppenheimer (The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)). It’s a madcap comedy with Robert Young and Florence Rice in roles not unlike the kind James Stewart and Jean Arthur played. Tom Wakefield (Young) is a free spirited man who believes everyone should do what they want and have fun. He’s inexplicably engaged to the [...]
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