The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Dangerous When Wet (1953)

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Dangerous When Wet (1953) Directed by Charles Walters (Lili (1953)) and written by Dorothy Kingsley (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)) this Esther Williams film also stars her future husband Fernando Lamas who swims with her during this musical romantic comedy. Though absent much of the spectacular synchronized swimming that’s a staple in virtually all of her other films this one does feature an extended animated sequence in which [...]

House on 56th Street The (1933) – full review!

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House on 56th Street The (1933) – full review! Directed by Robert Florey with screenplay by Austin Parker and Sheridan Gibney that was based on a story by Joseph Santley this slightly above average pre-code drama stars Kay Francis with Ricardo Cortez Gene Raymond John Halliday Margaret Lindsay and (briefly) Frank McHugh among others. Francis plays follies girl Peggy Martin who’s romantically pursued by the (family) wealthy Monte Van [...]

Unforgiven (1992)

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Unforgiven (1992) Though I personally prefer watching his spaghetti Westerns it was great to see Eastwood finally get Oscar recognition. A replay of two years prior (ala Costner and his Western) Clint received the Director and Producer (Best Picture) Oscars while losing the Best Actor award on these his first Academy Award nominations! But his Best Actor loss was just bad timing he was up against Pacino who won his only Best Actor Oscar on his [...]

Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962) Directed by five time Best Director Oscar nominee Sidney Lumet and written by Eugene O’Neill this "play" features some of Katharine Hepburn‘s best acting for which she received her ninth of twelve Best Actress nominations. However to fail to mention the other three fine performances by the cast’s veteran male actors Ralph Richardson (The Heiress (1949)) double Supporting [...]

Red Dust (1932)

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Red Dust (1932) Before he immortalized the role of Rhett Butler in producer David O. Selznick’s Oscar winning blockbuster – the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s celebrated novel – Gone With the Wind (1939) Clark Gable played plenty of other womanizing rogues in the movies like the one he plays in this steamy pre-code drama opposite Jean Harlow the screen’s original blonde bombshell? and Mary Astor. Like GWTW this [...]

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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Beauty and the Beast (1991) This Walt Disney Feature was the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; in fact it was the only one until the category was expanded to 10 nominees in 2010 (the studio’s Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) have subsequently been recognized; both of these won Best Animated Feature Film of the Year as a consolation prize). The movie did win for Best Music Original Score; its title song [...]

Peter Pan (1953)

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Peter Pan (1953) According to Michael Barrier’s The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney: Disney had bought Paramount’s rights to the James M. Barrie story in October 1938 and had signed a contract with the copyright owner – the Hospital for Sick Children in London – in January 1939. But because of World War II and for various other reasons it wasn’t until the fall of 1951 that Disney’s writers finally nailed down an acceptable [...]

Conquest (1937)

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Conquest (1937) Directed by six time (career directing) Oscar nominee Clarence Brown with a screenplay co-written by Samuel Hoffenstein (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)) this average historical costume drama earned Charles Boyer as Napoleon his first of four Best Actor Oscar nominations; Cedric Gibbons’s & William Horning’s Art Direction was also nominated. Greta Garbo plays his lover the Polish Countess Marie Walewska; Josephine is never [...]

Confidential Agent (1945)

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Confidential Agent (1945) Directed by Herman Shumlin Robert Buckner (Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)) adapted the screenplay from the Graham Greene (The Fallen Idol (1948)) novel of the same name. Unfortunately this war time drama fails to connect. In fact it leaves one feeling that it could have been better given the cast … perhaps Greene’s story is to blame. There’s evidence of some serious editing however to get the film in under [...]

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 [...]
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