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Quo Vadis (1951)

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Quo Vadis (1951) Directed by Irving G. Thalberg Award winner Mervyn LeRoy with a screenplay by S. N. Behrman Sonya Levien (Interrupted Melody (1955)) and John Lee Mahin this slightly above average historical drama is much like Cecil B. DeMille’s The Sign of the Cross (1932). It’s set during the time of the fading Roman Empire and Christianity’s birth. In both films a decorated Roman war hero named Marcus is influenced by a female [...]

Suddenly (1954)

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Suddenly (1954) Directed by Lewis Allen and written by Richard Sale this above average political thriller stars Frank Sinatra as the would-be assassin and leader of a gang who plans to kill the President of the United States. Years before Sinatra acquaintance JFK was assassinated Sinatra was reported to have had this film withdrawn from circulation after November 22 1963. Sterling Hayden is the Sheriff in Suddenly CA who’s told by the [...]

Stolen Life A (1946) – full review!

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Stolen Life A (1946) – full review! Directed by Curtis Bernhardt this implausible drama does feature some unique special effects earning it an Oscar nomination (one of several including awards for Nathan Levinson) which allow Bette Davis to appear as twin sister characters. Having become acquainted with some identical twins in my life I know that the premise put forth in this story – that one twin could pose as another remaining [...]

Color Purple The (1985)

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Color Purple The (1985) The year a picture directed itself. How else does one explain a film that received 11 Academy Award nominations (winning zero) including Best Picture yet did not receive one for Best Director. A snub of Steven Spielberg who directed several inexperienced actresses to their first and/or only nominations which would continue until he won for Shindler’s List in 1994. Oscar nominations for Whoopi Goldberg (her first) [...]

Fury (1936)

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Fury (1936) Directed by Fritz Lang who co-wrote the screenplay with Bartlett Cormack that was based on Norman Krasna’s story this essential drama an indictment of “mob rule” features Spencer Tracy Sylvia Sidney and Walter Brennan (among others). Krasna (The Richest Girl in the World (1934)) received an Academy Award nomination for his Original Story. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 1995. Tracy with fiancée [...]

Elmer Gantry (1960)

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Elmer Gantry (1960) Burt Lancaster and Shirley Jones (Supporting) won Oscars for their acting in this powerful (also nominated) film starring Jean Simmons about religious sham artists or not. Arthur Kennedy and Dean Jagger also star. Director Richard Brooks won a Best Writing Oscar; Andre Previn’s (Gigi (1958) among others) Score was nominated. Purchase this DVD now [...]

Romance on the High Seas (1948) – full review!

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Romance on the High Seas (1948) – full review! Co-produced and directed by Michael Curtiz with a screenplay by Julius & Philip Epstein (Casablanca (1942)) and additional dialogue from I. A. L. Diamond this slightly above average musical comedy was Doris Day’s first film. In it she sings the Oscar nominated Song “It’s Magic” which would become one of her trademarks; Ray Heindorf’s Score was also nominated. [...]

Story of Louis Pasteur The (1936)

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Story of Louis Pasteur The (1936) This true story of the French scientist’s battle to establish modern medical methods is not to be missed. It features Paul Muni‘s Academy Award winning Best Actor performance. The strong supporting cast includes: Josephine Hutchinson as his dependable wife Anita Louise as his daughter Dickie Moore as a child who gets rabies and Henry O’Neill Porter Hall & Akim Tamiroff (among others) as [...]

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

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Heaven Can Wait (1978) This remake of the classic Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) won an Oscar for Art Direction-Set Decoration. The film’s producer co-director (with Buck Henry) & co-screenwriter (with Elaine May) Warren Beatty stars as football quarterback Joe Pendleton who’s mistakenly taken early to the afterlife by an escort (Henry). So he’s put back on Earth (by James Mason) in the person of a billionaire named [...]

Psycho (1960)

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Psycho (1960) What kind of director kills off his star (played by Janet Leigh) less than half way into his film? Only Alfred Hitchcock could (get away with it) of course. And what a killing too! You won’t turn your back on the door to the bathroom when showering for a while after watching this shocker. From the stinging violin music to the murder itself this much copied masterpiece has no peer. Its imagery was/is so memorable that it [...]
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