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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 [...]

Ernst Lubitsch

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Ernst Lubitsch Ernst Lubitsch was born on January 28 1892 in Berlin Germany. Though he suffered a massive heart attack in 1943 he continued to work until his heart failed again; he died two months shy of his 56 th birthday in November 1947. His last project – That Lady Ermine (1948) – was completed by director Otto Preminger. Initially an actor in silent films in his native country Lubitsch came to Hollywood in 1922 after receiving [...]

Sky’s the Limit The (1943)

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Sky’s the Limit The (1943) Even though the viewer is asked to suspend disbelief a bit more than usual for this particular musical comedy – one is expected to believe that Fred Astaire is a decorated ace for the Flying Tigers – it’s still a fairly entertaining film until the story bogs down after the first hour. While the speech that Robert Benchley’s character gives would still amuse many corporate audiences today [...]

Topkapi (1964)

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Topkapi (1964) A funny unusual caper film which (along with The Pink Panther (1963)) pioneered many of the robbery stunts you’ve come to see in later films even James Bond movies and ultimately inspired TV’s Mission Impossible. Maximilian Schell Robert Morley and Melina Mercouri star in this film which features Peter Ustinov’s Oscar winning Supporting Actor performance. Directed by Jules Dassin. Purchase this DVD now [...]

Hush… Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)

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Hush… Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964) Produced and directed by Robert Aldrich and written by Henry Farrell who had help with his original story’s screenplay from Lukas Heller this above average horror-thriller drama features Bette Davis in the title role of Charlotte Hollis who like real life’s Lizzie Borden was suspected of killing (indeed beheading) someone in this case her fiancé with an ax such that the local children still [...]

Flying Fortress (1942)

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Flying Fortress (1942) The beginning of the film introduces us to three characters we will come to know throughout the film. “Spence” (Richard Greene) is a rich bachelor who’s passion is trick flying. However for some reason he’s hired a pilot “Sky” Kelly (Donald Stewart) who is in the back seat of the plane while Spence is helping another man do some trick flying over New York. The plane crashes and Kelly is [...]

They Won’t Forget (1937)

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They Won’t Forget (1937) This is really a terrific Mervyn LeRoy directed film with a screenplay co-written by Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men (1949)) that features a standout (& eccentric) performance by the great Claude Rains in a story based upon the infamous Leo Frank murder trial in Georgia. Otto Kruger Elisha Cook Jr. and Lana Turner (“sweater girl”) appears in her first film. Purchase this DVD now [...]

Silk Stockings (1957)

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Silk Stockings (1957) Though not nearly as good as the original this musical remake of Ninotchka (1939) is entertaining because let’s face it Cyd Charisse isn’t hard to look at and when paired with Fred Astaire one always gets to see memorable dance sequences. Charisse plays the cold Russian woman (Ninotchka) that Garbo played in the original. Though the plot is different Astaire plays the Melvyn Douglas-like role (e.g. the one that [...]

Daddy-Long-Legs (1919) – full review!

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Daddy-Long-Legs (1919) – full review! Mary Pickford plays an orphan girl. So what’s new in this drama? Well of course she’s the one that leads and/or cares for the other children in the orphanage which is run by a tyrant (Milla Davenport) while its unawares board members eat high on the hog with the public money. So what’s new in this Mary Pickford drama? Well there’s a rich girl (Fay Lemport) who’s raised in [...]

Intruder in the Dust (1949)

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Intruder in the Dust (1949) A young boy (Claude Jarman Jr. from The Yearling (1946)) falls into a stream while hunting and is assisted by a proud Black man and property owner (Juano Hernandez) from whom he feels guilty for taking his charity. When the man is later accused of shooting another in the back the boy convinces his lawyer uncle (David Brian) to defend him which he reluctantly does. However he finds his client to be stubbornly [...]
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