Warner Archive Collection

Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection

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Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection Manhattan Melodrama (1934) – full review! Evelyn Prentice (1934) – full review! Double Wedding (1937) – Myrna Loy’s seventh pairing with William Powell was this Joseph L. Mankiewicz produced comedy that was directed by Richard Thorpe which features a screenplay by Jo Swerling. It’s not as good as their earlier films together (nor at least one of their later efforts – I [...]

Adventures of Rusty The (1945)

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Adventures of Rusty The (1945) The first in a series of eight “Rusty” films about a German Shepherd dog and the boy who owns him featuring Ted Donaldson as Danny Mitchell; Ace the Wonder Dog plays the title role in this one. It’s a family drama directed by Paul Burnford with a screenplay from Aubrey Wisberg that was based on a story by Al Martin. The cast includes two Hollywood veterans well past their prime Margaret Lindsay [...]

Task Force (1949) – full review!

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Task Force (1949) – full review! Written and directed by Delmer Daves this unremarkable war drama uses several real events concerning the development of aircraft carrier warfare from the original U.S.S. Langley and bi-plane aircraft of the 1920’s through the U.S.S. Enterprise (among others) during World War II as its backdrop (even jet fighters flying in formation are shown at the end of the picture). Initially thought to be too [...]

Warner Bros. Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics

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Warner Bros. Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics Little Caesar (1931) <-link to review | link to video clip -> Little Caesar The Public Enemy (1931) <-link to review | link to video clip -> The Public Enemy The Petrified Forest (1936) <-link to review | link to video clip -> The Petrified Forest White Heat (1949) <-link to review | link to video clip -> White Heat Public Enemies: The Golden Age Of The Gangster Film [...]

Western Union (1941)

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Western Union (1941) Directed by Fritz Lang this Zane Grey novel was made into an average Western in Technicolor. It stars Randolph Scott as a former outlaw hired by telegraph engineer Dean Jagger (aware of his past because Scott’s character had saved his life) as lead scout for the titled company’s mission to install a line between Omaha and Salt Lake City connecting East with West in the 1860’s. Robert Young plays the son of [...]

Battle Circus (1953)

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Battle Circus (1953) Written and directed by Richard Brooks from a story by Allen Rivkin and his wife Laura Kerr this precursor to Richard Hooker’s novel (which inspired the movie MASH and TV series M*A*S*H*) focuses on the mobile aspects of a surgical hospital MASH unit number 66 and how it operates much like a circus tents down move to another location tents up etc. during the Korean War. Against this dangerous backdrop is the story of a [...]

Blonde Inspiration (1941)

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Blonde Inspiration (1941) Directed by Busby Berkeley who received Best Dance Direction Oscar nominations for three consecutive years in the 30’s this comedy features John Shelton in one of his few leading (or even credited) roles. He plays a struggling serious writer who chooses to write “junk” (e.g. pulp fiction) in hopes of earning an opportunity to have his novel published. Unfortunately this film misses the mark badly [...]

Dead End (1937)

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Dead End (1937) A very entertaining film with a very good cast which also includes "The Dead End kids" who later morphed into "the Bowery Boys" appearing in their first film. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by William Wyler who received an Oscar nomination it was filmed by noted cinematographer Gregg Toland (also nominated) and art director Richard Day (ditto). Lillian Hellman wrote the screenplay. An excellent [...]

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

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Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Director Billy Wilder succeeded where Alfred Hitchcock had failed ten years earlier with The Paradine Case (1947) in using the talents of actor Charles Laughton to create a compelling British courtroom drama with startling revelations and twists which entertains. Both films had exceptionally capable casts – this one features Tyrone Power accused of murder (in his last film) with Marlene Dietrich in the [...]

Cry ‘Havoc’ (1943) – full review!

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Cry ‘Havoc’ (1943) – full review! Directed by Richard Thorpe with a screenplay by Paul Osborn that was based on the play by Allan Kenward this nearly all female cast war drama tells the harrowing story of thirteen women on Bataan during World War II just prior to its being overrun by Japanese forces in 1942. Led by two veteran nurses Lieutenant Mary Smith ‘Smitty’ (Margaret Sullavan) and Captain Alice Marsh (Fay Bainter) [...]
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