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Madame DuBarry (1934)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Madame DuBarry (1934) King Louis XV (Reginald Owen) of France is dissatisfied with ruling and bored with everyone treating him with kid gloves when Richelieu (Osgood Perkins) sets him up with a common woman with no moral character Madame DuBarry (Dolores del Rio). His is enthralled and the downfall of the French Aristocracy begins; his son’s (the Dauphin played by Maynard Holmes) marriage to Marie Antoinette (Anita Louise) is forthcoming. [...]

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 [...]

Madame X (1966)

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Madame X (1966) Another Douglas Sirk like “soaper” (though this one is directed by David Lowell Rich with a screenplay by Jean Holloway that was based on the play by Alexandre Bisson) this film (like Imitation of Life (1959)) also stars Lana Turner in a role made famous in an earlier picture by a different actress (Gladys George among other versions). Turner plays a girl from the other side of the tracks that marries a rising [...]

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 [...]

Alexis Zorbas (1964)

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Alexis Zorbas (1964) aka Zorba the Greek (1964) Anthony Quinn picked up his last Academy Award (Best Actor) nomination in the title role (and his career’s signature performance) playing opposite Alan Bates in this above average drama about an uptight Englishman who meets the titled ‘joie de vivre’ Greek that changes his life. Bates’s character is a writer who receives a small inheritance an abandoned mine on the Greek island of [...]

Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)

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Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) A heartwarming film about a teacher and his students featuring Robert Donat’s Academy Award winning Best Actor performance and a Best Actress nominated performance by Greer Garson in her first film! Mutual respect turns to love between the two. The film and its director Sam Wood (the first of his four unrewarded Academy Award nominations; three for Best Director) were also nominated for Oscars as was its Screenplay [...]

In This Our Life (1942)

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In This Our Life (1942) Bette Davis plays a particularly nasty bitch in this one a self centered sociopath. First she dumps her fiancé (George Brent) in order to steal the husband (Dennis Morgan) of her sister played by Olivia de Havilland. De Havilland’s character and their mother (Billie Burke) constantly make excuses or apologize for their sister’s or daughter’s respectively behavior because among other things Davis’s [...]

Pride of the Yankees The (1942)

August 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

Pride of the Yankees The (1942) Gary Cooper does it again believably plays a real-life hero this time it’s baseball legend Lou Gehrig in this essential biographical drama. His performance earned him his third (of five) Best Actor Academy Award nomination. Teresa Wright received her third consecutive acting Oscar nomination in only her third performance on screen. Though she lost Best Actress to Greer Garson’s Mrs. Miniver (1942) she [...]

First Auto The (1927)

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First Auto The (1927) Directed by Roy Del Ruth with a screenplay by Anthony Coldeway (Glorious Betsy (1928)) this silent written by the Irving G. Thalberg Award winning producer Darryl F. Zanuck (‘G’ Men (1935)) tells the story of how the automobile replaced the horse as the primary means of transportation etc. in our society. The life of a man who’s both a livery stable owner and a winning racehorse trainer (in lieu of the buggy whip [...]

It’s a Wonderful World (1939)

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It’s a Wonderful World (1939) An unusual unsympathetic ‘hot head’ role for James Stewart combined with Claudette Colbert as a non-typical weak character a poet who becomes an effusive gushing girl in Stewart’s presence makes this comedy less enjoyable than I’d hoped it would be. Plus instead of the great dialogue one might expect from a Ben Hecht-Herman Mankiewicz story the two seemed to be out of their element in [...]
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