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My Son My Son! (1940)

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My Son My Son! (1940) Directed by Charles Vidor and written by Lenore Coffee (Four Daughters (1938)) this lengthy father & son (melo)drama features Madeline Carroll Brian Aherne Louis Hayward Laraine Day Henry Hull and Josephine Hutchinson (among others). The words which sum up this film are actually spoken by Day’s character about 90 minutes into it – “it’s all so complicated”. There are just too many [...]

No Other Woman (1933)

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No Other Woman (1933) Produced by David O. Selznick and directed by J. Walter Ruben this “run of the mill” drama boasts a couple of big name stars Irene Dunne and Charles Bickford. Marred by poor stilted acting (particularly by Bickford) what may have been a better film is simply too pat with an overly melodramatic ending. Realizing the film itself is more than 70 years old it’s hard to fault the plot by itself one which has [...]

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

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Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) Directed by two time Academy Award winning director Lewis Milestone (his last film after Carol Reed quit) and based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall with a screenplay by Charles Lederer this below average yet lavish Technicolor remake by MGM of their 1935 Oscar winner runs nearly three hours (and feels even longer). Marlon Brando’s interpretation of the mutinous 1st Lieutenant Fletcher [...]

Red River Robin Hood (1942)

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Red River Robin Hood (1942) Directed by Lesley Selander and scripted by Bennett R. Cohen from the Whitney J. Stanton story this Tim Holt B Western was the last until after World War II. It features Cliff ‘Ukulele Ike’ Edwards as (the singing comic relief and) Holt’s sidekick Barbara Moffett as the attractive woman he eventually falls for Eddie Dew as the villain Otto Hoffman Russell Wade Tom London Earl Hodgins Bud McTaggart Reed [...]

Beg Borrow or Steal (1937)

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Beg Borrow or Steal (1937) Frank Morgan plays a cheap “snizler” Ingraham Steward operating out of the South of France. His estranged wife Agatha (Janet Beecher) and daughter Joyce (Florence Rice) are just “getting by” in the States on what he sends but his daughter is engaged to a “well to do” young man Horace Miller (Tom Rutherford). His wife and the wealthy mother (Cora Witherspoon) of the young man are [...]

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 [...]

Keeping Company (1940)

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Keeping Company (1940) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon (who produced Born Yesterday (1950)) this dated Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane (1941)) story whose screenplay was co-written by Adrian Scott (Crossfire (1947)) is a comedy-drama about married life as told through a family of two parents with daughters their eldest first getting engaged then marrying and having to deal with conflict for the first time in her relationship with her [...]

Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming The (1966)

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Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming The (1966) Today it’s really hard to believe that this average (and highly dated) Cold War comedy was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award earning its producer Norman Jewison (who also directed it) his first Oscar nomination. Based on Nathaniel Benchley’s novel Off Islanders the screenplay was written by William Rose (The Ladykillers (1955)) whose work was also nominated as was the [...]

Bombardier (1943)

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Bombardier (1943) Directed by Richard Wallace with writing credits for Martin Rackin (story) & John Twist (story & screenplay) this World War II propaganda film focuses on the technical role of the title job. It features an all star cast including: Pat O’Brien Randolph Scott Anne Shirley (Stella Dallas (1937)) Eddie Albert Walter Reed Robert Ryan (Crossfire (1947)) Barton MacLane and Russell Wade who played a similar role in The [...]

Double Life A (1947)

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Double Life A (1947) A knockout (Oscar winning Best Actor) performance by Ronald Colman this "Othello"-based story actually earned celebrated writers Garson Kanin & Ruth Gordon their first Best Writing Original Screenplay nomination as well; director George Cukor was also nominated. Edmond O’Brien Shelley Winters and Ray Collins also appear. Colman is an actor who becomes the characters he plays. He becomes so consumed by [...]
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