Warner Archive Collection

This Time for Keeps (1942)

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This Time for Keeps (1942) Much like a B movie version of the Andy Hardy series (unless of course one deems that a B movie series) this follow-up comedy drama (using some of the same actors if not the same surnamed characters) to the Herman J. Mankiewicz story Keeping Company (1940) “feels” much like an hour long (1950’s era e.g. unsophisticated) syndicated television family sitcom. It was directed by Charles Reisner with a [...]

Uninvited The (1944)

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Uninvited The (1944) Ray Milland plays a writer who with his sister Ruth Hussey buys a seaside “haunted” house from Donald Crisp who lives nearby with his granddaughter (Gail Russell). Russell is initially upset because she has fond memories of the house she used to live in even though it’s the place of her mother’s tragic death. However against Crisp’s wishes she gains access to the house through Milland who’s [...]

All About Eve (1950)

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All About Eve (1950) Bette Davis’ famous line “Fasten your seat belts it’s going to be a bumpy night!” (#9 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list) is just one reason this film about ambition & ruthlessness is remembered. Another is the fact that this Best Picture Oscar winner was the second to receive five acting nominations though only George Sanders won (Supporting Actor). The others nominated in this [...]

Seventh Cross The (1944) – full review!

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Seventh Cross The (1944) – full review! Directed by Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity (1953) & A Man For All Seasons (1966)) with a screenplay by Helen Deutsch (Lili (1953)) this above average drama tells a pre-World War II story about Nazi oppression as it follows one man out of seven concentration camp escapees trying to find his way to freedom. It’s really a story about hopelessness turned to hope as the lead character [...]

Thief of Bagdad The (1940)

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Thief of Bagdad The (1940) Outstanding Technicolor delight that won Oscars for Color Art Direction & Cinematography as well as Special Effects; Miklós Rózsa’s Score was nominated too (his first). Michael Powell had a hand in directing this remake of the 1924 classic which stars Sabu in lieu of Douglas Fairbanks in the title role. June Duprez plays the Princess – coveted by the evil Jaffar (Conrad Veidt) – that falls in love [...]

Straight Place and Show (1938)

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Straight Place and Show (1938) Directed by David Butler based on a play co-written by Damon Runyon with a screenplay co-written by Allen Rivkin and additional dialogue provided by Lew Brown this below average B comedy stars the Ritz Brothers a cheap imitation of the more famous Marx Brothers. Though both sets of brothers have a leading man Harry Ritz is not nearly on par with Groucho and Al & Jimmy seem to have no distinct personality traits [...]

Letter The (1940)

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Letter The (1940) Bette Davis gives her typical powerhouse (and Best Actress Academy Award nominated) performance in this essential drama as a woman accused of killing a man she claims was in self-defense. Herbert Marshall plays her husband who engages his lawyer (James Stephenson his only Oscar nominated performance Supporting) to defend her. Howard Koch adapted W. Somerset Maugham’s play which takes place on a rubber plantation. The film [...]

Nobody Lives Forever (1946) – full review!

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Nobody Lives Forever (1946) – full review! Directed by Jean Negulesco and written by W.R. Burnett (Wake Island (1942)) this stylish crime drama features John Garfield as Nick Blake a con-man who finds himself falling in love with his latest patsy Gladys Halvorsen played by a remarkably attractive (leggy) Geraldine Fitzgerald. The cast also includes: Walter Brennan as Pop Gruber an aging grifter from Blake’s past Faye Emerson as Toni [...]

Comedians The (1967)

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Comedians The (1967) This drama produced and directed by Peter Glenville (Becket (1964)) and written by Graham Greene (The Fallen Idol (1948)) takes far too long to make its point that in life everyone’s an actor playing a part everyone’s a fraud when held up to the light etc.. Halfway through the film it starts to look somewhat like Casablanca (1942) with Richard Burton in the Humphrey Bogart role. Later references are made – [...]

Torpedo Run (1958)

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Torpedo Run (1958) Directed by Joseph Pevney and written by William Wister Haines and Richard Sale this average World War II submarine drama stars Glenn Ford and Ernest Borgnine; Ford is the commander of a submarine and Borgnine is his first officer. Like most in this genre Ford plays a tortured determined sub captain who’s chasing a “holy grail”-like target in this case a Japanese “flat top” a new aircraft carrier [...]
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