The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

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Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Anybody who hasn’t seen this needs to do so. Part of film history (the story that is) and not just for the famous scene with Gene Kelly actually singing in the rain. Great performances by Debbie Reynolds Donald O’Connor and especially Jean Hagen (nominated for Best Actress by the Academy) are also included in this classic by director Stanley Donen. Dancers Cyd Charisse & Rita Moreno (very [...]

Literary Classics Collection

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Literary Classics Collection The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)/The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) The Three Musketeers (1948) Madame Bovary (1949) Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951) – full review! Billy Budd (1962) – full review! Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

Random Harvest (1942)

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Random Harvest (1942) This essential romance drama was one of my best TCM discoveries (e.g. a film I’d never heard of until I started watching the channel). It’s a terrific "soaper" with Ronald Colman (this may have been the first film I saw him in too) as a man who suffers from amnesia and the woman (Greer Garson) who loves him. This is said to be Ms. Garson’s favorite of all her films. The cast also includes Philip Dorn [...]

Jean Arthur

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Jean Arthur Jean Arthur was born Gladys Georgianna Greene on October 17 1900 in upstate New York. She first appeared onscreen in director John Ford’s silent Cameo Kirby (1923) which features John Gilbert in the title role but her career didn’t really take off until she worked with Ford again appearing in the producer-director’s crime comedy The Whole Town is Talking (1935) opposite Edward G. Robinson. Within a year she’d appear in her [...]

Trial (1955)

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Trial (1955) Directed by Mark Robson (Peyton Place (1957)) and written by Don Mankiewicz (I Want to Live! (1958)) this film earned Arthur Kennedy his third of five Oscar nominations (without a win this one for Supporting Actor) for his role as a communist lawyer. The story is about a law professor (Glenn Ford) who must get some trial experience during the summer if he wants to keep his job at the university which has added this new practical [...]

Divorcee The (1930)

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Divorcee The (1930) Directed by Robert Z. Leonard with dialogue and continuity provided by John Meehan this above average drama features Norma Shearer’s Oscar winning Best Actress performance. The film director Leonard and writer Meehan were also nominated. Even though its pre-morality code storyline is dated it’s still a worthwhile film today dealing with the hypocrisy of men who have affairs and expect to be accepted back into the marriage [...]

Till the End of Time (1946) – full review!

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Till the End of Time (1946) – full review! Directed by Edward Dmytryk based on a Niven Busch (In Old Chicago (1937)) novel with a screenplay by Allen Rivkin this returning World War II veteran drama was released nearly 4 months before Samuel Goldwyn’s star studded The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Oscar winner. Though this RKO film doesn’t have any real star power besides Robert Mitchum and perhaps Dorothy McGuire it deals [...]

Caine Mutiny The (1954)

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Caine Mutiny The (1954) Directed by Edward Dmytryk (Crossfire (1947)) and starring Humphrey Bogart this Pulitzer Prize winning Herman Wouk novel was adapted by Stanley Roberts with additional dialogue provided by Michael Blankfort (Broken Arrow (1950)). Oscar nominations were received by Bogart (his last) Roberts Supporting Actor Tom Tully (his only) and producer Stanley Kramer as was the film’s Editing Sound and Max Steiner’s Score. [...]

Three Comrades (1938)

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Three Comrades (1938) One of the best 10 films of 1938 (according to The New York Times Guide to the Best 1000 Movies Ever Made) and one which I enjoyed thoroughly when I saw it on TCM. Robert Taylor Franchot Tone and Robert Young are the three men who all love Margaret Sullavan (who received her only Oscar nomination) in their own way. Guy Kibbee and Monty Woolley also play roles in this essential drama as do Henry Hull & Charley Grapewin [...]

North By Northwest (1959)

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North By Northwest (1959) This is certainly my favorite from among his many movies and probably the ultimate Alfred Hitchcock film I think. It employs all the successful elements of his previous films including the use of Cary Grant as Roger Thornhill – “the innocent man unjustly accused being chased cross-country while trying to prove his innocence” and yet still manages to excite surprise and amaze us with incredible imaging [...]
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