The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Classic Movie Absurdities

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Classic Movie Absurdities Watching a movie frequently requires one to suspend disbelief to fully enjoy the experience. The film-maker essentially asks his audience to accept: the premise that deep space (and/or time) travel is possible or even commonplace a protagonist with supernatural powers or that certain real events in the past occurred differently than their historical record indicates. Viewing classic movies compels one to accept still [...]

Home from the Hill (1960) – full review!

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Home from the Hill (1960) – full review! This big sprawling beautifully shot epic drama with credible acting features early performances by two young actors (with the same first name) that would go on to make names for themselves – George Peppard and George Hamilton. It was directed by Vincente Minnelli (Gigi (1958)) and features a screenplay by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch that recalls their later Academy Award nominated [...]

February 2006 – 31 Days of Oscar

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February 2006 – 31 Days of Oscar Wednesday February 1 6:00 AM Mogambo (1953) 8:00 AM Show Boat (1951) – Although "Ol’ Man River" (#24 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time) is not sung by the great Paul Robeson in this one the other songs may be done better than in the 1936 version of this famous musical especially "Make Believe". Starring Howard Keel as Gaylord Ravenal and Kathryn Grayson as Magnolia the [...]

Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) – full review!

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Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) – full review! Though somewhat similar to Stage Door Canteen (1943) which preceded it and Hollywood Canteen (1944) which followed it this Musical Romance Comedy has a storyline with a canteen for soldiers inside instead of being about a canteen with a romantic story inside. Hence it earned Richard Connell (Meet John Doe (1941) and Gladys Lehman a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination. Directed by Richard [...]

November 2006 – Lucille Ball

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November 2006 – Lucille Ball Chatterbox (1936) – an all new full review! Don’t Tell the Wife (1937) – an all new full review! Dick Cavett: Ingmar Bergman – a TCM premiere! Fanny and Alexander (1982) – all new comments in TCM Picks The Omaha Trail (1942) – an all new full review! Sisters (1973) – a TCM premiere! Wild Oranges (1924) – a TCM premiere! Branded to Kill (1967) – a TCM premiere! [...]

Little Caesar (1931)

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Little Caesar (1931) This Mervyn LeRoy film starring Edward G. Robinson in the title role received an Oscar nomination for Adapted Writing and was added to the National Film Registry in 2000. It features the "100 Years at the Movies" scene (shown frequently on TCM) in which gangster Robinson asks "Mother of mercy is this the end of Rico?" (#73 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list). Robinson’s Caesar Enrico Bandello [...]

Kapo (1959)

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Kapo (1959) Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award this film tells a compelling realistic story about a young Jewish girl played by Susan Strasberg (some of her best acting too) who must change in order to survive imprisonment in a camp in World War II Germany. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo who shared writing credits with Franco Solinas. Edith (Strasberg) feeling safe in Paris returns home to find her Jewish parents being [...]

Great Waltz The (1938)

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Great Waltz The (1938) Directed by Julien Duvivier with a screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)) and Walter Reisch that was based on a story by Gottfried Reinhardt this fictionalized biography-drama of Vienna’s Johann ‘Schani’ Strauss II features Fernand Gravet (aka Gravey) as the prolific composer who is perhaps best known for his waltz The Blue Danube aka “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”. [...]

Third Man The (1949)

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Third Man The (1949) Acclaimed thriller set in post World War II multi-jurisdictional Vienna starring Joseph Cotton as a writer who must find his old friend Harry Lime (Orson Wells) who’s involved in the thriving Black Market there. This Grahame Greene/Alexander Korda story (Greene screenplay) also features Trevor Howard as a Major in charge of one section. Won the Best B&W Cinematography Oscar and received two other nominations [...]

Cocoanuts The (1929)

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Cocoanuts The (1929) This Marx Brothers comedy is their first feature length film; it co-stars Kay Francis Margaret Dumont Oscar Shaw Mary Eaton Cyril Ring and Basil Ruysdael. Groucho & Zeppo run a fairly vacant hotel in Sunny Florida but they hope their financial luck will change with the sale of some lots. Chico & Harpo are “employed” to help. Dumont plays a rich woman staying in the hotel the object of Groucho’s [...]
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