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Across to Singapore (1928)

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Across to Singapore (1928) Directed by William Nigh with titles by Academy Award winner Joseph Farnham this silent drama stars Ramon Novarro Joan Crawford and Ernest Torrence. Set in a (New England?) sailing community Novarro and Crawford play childhood playmates who have grown up he into a man almost big enough to sail with his brother’s (Torrence) ship she into a woman old enough to be betrothed. When Torrence’s ship the Nathan [...]

Winning Team The (1952) – full review!

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Winning Team The (1952) – full review! Directed by Lewis Seiler and written by Merwin Gerard Seeleg Lester and Ted Sherdeman (from a story by Gerard & Lester) this average sports biography features Ronald Reagan as baseball pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander (inducted in to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame as Pete Alexander) and Doris Day as his wife Aimee. This was Reagan’s second and last pairing with Day (the other [...]

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 [...]

Alice Adams (1935)

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Alice Adams (1935) George Stevens directed this adaptation of the Booth Tarkington novel about a social climbing mother (Ann Shoemaker) & daughter (Katharine Hepburn in the title role). Hepburn and the film were Oscar nominated. Alice is a small town girl whose brother (Frank Albertson) is "forced" to take her to a society party hosted by Mildred Palmer (Evelyn Venable who’s parents are played by Hedda Hopper & Jonathan [...]

Secret Fury The (1950)

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Secret Fury The (1950) Directed by (actor turned director) Mel Ferrer and featuring a cameo by (no relation) Jose Ferrer this Lionel Houser screenplay was based on a story by Jack Leonard (The Narrow Margin (1952)) and James O’Hanlon and features Claudette Colbert Robert Ryan and stage actress (and sometimes writer) Jane Cowl. Pianist Ellen Ewing (Colbert) is just about to marry David McLean (Ryan) when the ceremony is interrupted by an [...]

Between Two Worlds (1944) – full review!

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Between Two Worlds (1944) – full review! A remake of Outward Bound (1930) based on Sutton Vane’s play of the same name. Directed by Edward A. Blatt with a screenplay by Daniel Fuchs (Love Me or Leave Me (1955)) this above average fantasy drama features an all star cast which includes John Garfield Paul Henreid Sydney Greenstreet Eleanor Parker Edmund Gwenn George Tobias George Coulouris Faye Emerson Sara Allgood Dennis King Isobel [...]

When a Man Loves (1927)

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When a Man Loves (1927) This silent version of Abbé Prévost’s much filmed romance drama Manon Lescaut features Dolores Costello as Manon opposite top billed John Barrymore as Chevalier Fabien des Grieux. It was directed by Alan Crosland and the story was adapted by Bess Meredyth (A Woman of Affairs (1928)). Warner Oland plays Manon’s opportunistic greedy brother Andre; Sam De Grasse plays Comte Guillot de Morfontaine to whom Andre [...]

Painted Desert (1938)

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Painted Desert (1938) Directed by David Howard with a screenplay by John Rathmell and Oliver Drake that was based on a story by Jack Cunningham this B movie George O’Brien Western features Laraine Day (as Laraine Johnson) in one of her first films as his love interest and his last pairing with (sidekick) Stanley Fields. Director Howard writer Drake star O’Brien and singer Ray Whitley made more than a handful of these B Westerns [...]

Apache Trail (1942)

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Apache Trail (1942) Directed by Richard Thorpe this Western features Lloyd Nolan as the man in black William Lundigan as his incorruptible brother Donna Reed Anne Ayars Connie Gilchrist and Chill Wills as supporting players in the cast of this Ernest Haycox (story) & Maurice Geraghty treatment. The film begins with hanging Judge Keeley (George Watts) literally riding through town on the stagecoach to pass sentence on whomever the Marshal [...]

The Best of Bogart Collection

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The Best of Bogart Collection Purchase this Blu-ray Collection at The Maltese Falcon (1941) Casablanca (1942) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) The African Queen (1951) Purchase this Blu-ray Collection [...]
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