Other Reviews

Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) – full review! Opens with the title song from the Academy Award winning Best Picture Broadway Melody (1929) sung by Harry Stockwell but is otherwise unrelated to the earlier film. This one was directed by Roy Del Ruth with a screenplay by Jack McGowan and Sid Silvers that was based on a story by Moss Hart who earned the first of his two (unrewarded) Oscar nominations; Harry Conn provided additional dialogue. [...]

Roman Holiday (1953)

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Roman Holiday (1953) Roman Holiday (1953) was filmed on location in Rome Italy and per TCM’s host was shot in black-and-white vs. Technicolor for budgetary reasons. Accordingly since Gregory Peck had already been hired to play an uncharacteristically light (for him) Cary Grant-like role as the male lead his romantic counterpart would have to be played by a relative unknown (e.g. someone producer-director William Wyler could get cheaply). [...]

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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Shakespeare in Love (1998) Pretty good film the title is the plot but I don’t agree that Saving Private Ryan (1998) should have won the Best Picture Oscar instead (my pick would have been the Best Foreign Language film Life is Beautiful (1998)). Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress gold (with her only nomination to date) and Dame Judi Dench won her only Oscar (Supporting) as well. The film won four other Oscars including Screenplay [...]

Great Lover The (1931)

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Great Lover The (1931) Directed by Harry Beaumont (The Broadway Melody (1929)) this average drama stars Adolphe Menjou in the title role as an Italian opera star and infamous lover who “discovers” an American opera student played by Irene Dunne on his return cruise from Italy. Jean Paurel (Menjou) renowned as much for his womanizing as his Don Giovanni meets the attractive Diana Page (Dunne) asking him for lunch at the opera house [...]

Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939)

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Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939) A love story with Ingrid Bergman which is worth seeing even though Leslie Howard is in it;-) Also features Cecil Kellaway. Bergman a student of Kellaway’s is also the piano teacher for Howard’s daughter (Ann Todd). He becomes infatuated with her such that he invites her to go on tour with him (he’s a concert violinist). Of course they have an affair. He becomes estranged from his wife but the [...]

Tender Trap The (1955)

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Tender Trap The (1955) Because this comedy with music portrays the now dated male-female role viewpoints of the 1950’s it’s a less than satisfying experience today; perhaps the best that can be said about it is that it features the Academy Award nominated Jimmy Van Heusen-Sammy Cahn title song. Frank Sinatra is too old to play the swinging bachelor that attracts the prematurely “set in her ways” and too young bachelorette [...]

Janie (1944)

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Janie (1944) What would otherwise have been an average B comedy produced to provide light entertainment and escape for World War II audiences is actually quite remarkable when viewed today. First it was directed by Michael Curtiz who though no stranger to directing B movies earlier in his career had just won an Academy Award the previous year (Casablanca (1942)) with his fourth Best Director nomination. But the best reason for watching this film [...]

Casanova Brown (1944) – full review!

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Casanova Brown (1944) – full review! One of the rare remakes that’s better than the original (though I don’t really know since I’ve not seen Little Accident (1930) nor Little Accident (1939)); surely the cast alone makes this version superior (though the original original did feature Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Anita Page Zasu Pitts and Roscoe Karns among others)? Plus this one did receive Academy Award nominations for its B&W Art [...]

Dynamic Duos – Studio Era Pairs

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Dynamic Duos – Studio Era Pairs While today the primary reasons for actors appearing together more than twice are sequels and off-screen relationships during the studio era non-sequel and non-marital related onscreen pairings were quite common among actors and actresses. Collaborations between actors on 3 different films were not unusual and those that exceeded this number were something very special: a chemistry to be exploited for the [...]
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