Search Results for essays

Cavalcade (1933) – full length review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Cavalcade (1933) – full length review! Fifty years before Woody Allen’s Zelig (1983) which preceded Robert Zemeckis’s Forrest Gump (1994) by more than a decade itself this sprawling spectacle of a drama features its characters in (or during) various real life historical events (the Boer War the Titanic World War I etc.) to help tell its 33 year story. It earned director Frank Lloyd (The Divine Lady (1929)) his second & last [...]

Madame Curie (1943) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Madame Curie (1943) – full review! Directed by Mervyn LeRoy with a screenplay by Paul Osborn & Paul Rameau that was based on Madame Ove Curie’s book this above average biographical (if fictionalized) drama features Greer Garson in the title role with Walter Pidgeon as her husband and co-discoverer. It relates the first years of the woman scientist’s educated life from her early years as Polish student Maria come Marie [...]

Cockeyed Miracle The (1946)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Cockeyed Miracle The (1946) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon with a screenplay by Karen DeWolf that was based on a play by George Seaton (The Song of Bernadette (1944)) this average B movie fantasy comedy (aka Mr. Griggs Returns) features a recognizable cast and a friendly ghost story. Sam Griggs (Frank Morgan) dies of heart failure before everything in his family is in order including their financial situation. Unbeknownst to his wife Amy (Gladys [...]

Not as a Stranger (1955) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Not as a Stranger (1955) – full review! Odd casting which includes a plethora of recognizable character actors in cameo roles some of which are uncredited mark this drama which celebrates the profession of medical doctor; it was also producer Stanley Kramer’s directorial debut. Based on Morton Thompson’s novel its screenplay was written by the husband and wife team of Edward and Edna Anhalt (Panic in the Streets (1950)). The [...]

Home from the Hill (1960) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Home from the Hill (1960) – full review! This big sprawling beautifully shot epic drama with credible acting features early performances by two young actors (with the same first name) that would go on to make names for themselves – George Peppard and George Hamilton. It was directed by Vincente Minnelli (Gigi (1958)) and features a screenplay by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch that recalls their later Academy Award nominated [...]

Picture Snatcher (1933)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Picture Snatcher (1933) Directed by Lloyd Bacon this slightly above average crime drama starring James Cagney was later remade as Escape From Crime (1942) by B movie director Ross Lederman with Richard Travis in the lead role. Cagney plays Danny Kean a gang leader that gets out of prison and decides to go straight. So he looks up a newspaper editor he’d met Al McLean (Ralph Bellamy) who gives him an opportunity after he literally snatches [...]

Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) Featuring Raymond Massey in the title role this biographical drama is an interesting look at the man his humble beginnings his reluctance to serve (shyness and other pressures) and early "grass roots" politics. Massey received his only recognition from the Academy when he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. The highlight of this film is Lincoln’s "House Divided" speech delivered in a [...]

Letter The (1940)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Out of the Fog (1941) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Out of the Fog (1941) – full review! Directed by Anatole Litvak (The Snake Pit (1948)) and based on the Irwin Shaw (The Talk of the Town (1942)) play “The Gentle People” this above average drama’s screenplay was co-written by Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men (1949)) Irving G. Thalberg winner Jerry Wald and Richard Macauley. It features an outstanding cast of lead actors and many recognizable character actors as [...]

Chicago (2002)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Chicago (2002) Best choice in a weak year? An Oscar winning Best Picture. The best thing I can say about this film is that in lieu of just filming a popular stage musical with more elaborate sets the (Oscar nominated) director Rob Marshall (his directorial debut) and editor (Martin Walsh won the Oscar too) for this film really used the medium well to tell the story with the action of its stars (in lieu of doubles) e.g. by utilizing “quick [...]
1 2 3 153