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August 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Essays This list is in reverse chronological order (e.g. the most recently added essays are at the top): 100 Years A Walk in the Sun (1945) Academy Awards – Supporting Actress Category Acting for an Oscar Actresses in Oscar’s Best Picture Winners An Ethical Analysis of Executive Suite (1954) Best Picture Winners? Burt Lancaster Cameo Performances (movies that were loaded) Character Actors Before Their Time Chariots of Fire (1981) [...]

Wedding Night The (1935)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Wedding Night The (1935) Directed by King Vidor with a screenplay by Edith Fitzgerald that was based on an Edwin Knopf story this average romantic drama was producer Samuel Goldwyn’s third and last attempt to make a Greta Garbo-like actress out of Anna Sten. However even starring her opposite (his one-time leading contract actor) Gary Cooper didn’t succeed and she soon left Hollywood. This film isn’t bad but it’s also not [...]

Last Angry Man The (1959)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Last Angry Man The (1959) Paul Muni received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for this his final film role; the film’s B&W Art Direction-Set Decoration was also Oscar nominated. Directed by Daniel Mann and based on the novel by Gerald Green it was adapted by Richard Murphy (The Desert Rats (1953)). The drama also marks the screen debut of Billy Dee Williams. Muni plays Dr. Sam Abelman an aged cantankerous Jewish doctor that lives [...]

Real Glory The (1939)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Real Glory The (1939) This Samuel Goldwyn (co-)produced Henry Hathaway directed action adventure film will remind classic movie fans of the director’s The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) which like this one also stars Gary Cooper and even Gunga Din (1939) released almost 9 months earlier that same year. This one is set in the Philippines some distance from Manila in lieu of the British Colony of India in 1906 (shortly after the San [...]

Sorry Wrong Number (1948) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sorry Wrong Number (1948) – full review! Following 5 years after the highly successful radio program (of the same name) which starred Agnes Moorehead this thriller features Barbara Stanwyck giving her last of four unrewarded Best Actress Oscar nominated performances as an invalid wealthy woman whose only contact with the outside world and that which threatens her one evening is a telephone. Anatole Litvak co-produced and directed Lucille [...]

Spoilers The (1942)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Spoilers The (1942) Directed by Ray Enright and based on a novel by Rex Beach with a screenplay by Lawrence Hazard & Tom Reed this wildly entertaining Western remake stars Marlene Dietrich Randolph Scott and John Wayne. Universal Pictures would team these three once again later that same year in Pittsburgh (1942). The sometimes complicated story was first made in 1914 and again in 1923 within the silent film era then in the sound era with [...]

Wreck of the Mary Deare The (1959) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Wreck of the Mary Deare The (1959) – full review! Directed by Michael Anderson (Around the World in 80 Days (1956)) with a screenplay by Eric Ambler (The Cruel Sea (1953)) that was based on the Hammond Innes novel this better than average thriller drama (which was originally considered by Alfred Hitchcock before he and Ernest Lehman decided to do North By Northwest (1959) instead) is notable for its special effects some action sequences [...]

Springfield Rifle (1952) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Springfield Rifle (1952) – full review! Directed by André De Toth (The Gunfighter (1950)) with a screenplay by Frank Davis (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)) and Charles Marquis Warren that was based on a story by Sloan Nibley this average yet colorful (in a cinema-graphic sense) Western stars Gary Cooper as Major Kearney who eventually gets to use a fast loading model of the titled gun to shift the balance of power against some horse [...]

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) – full review! This account of the events leading up to and including the historical shootout between Wyatt Earp and the former dentist come gambling gunfighter afflicted with tuberculosis (that becomes the Marshal’s friend) Doc Holliday versus Ike Clanton and associates in Tombstone Arizona is notable for the onscreen relationship portrayed between its two leads Burt Lancaster as Marshal Wyatt Earp [...]

Professionals The (1966)

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Professionals The (1966) Wealthy Texan Ralph Bellamy hires four mercenaries (Burt Lancaster Lee Marvin Robert Ryan and Woody Strode) to rescue his wife (Claudia Cardinale) from a Mexican bandit Jesus Raza (Jack Palance). However all is not what it appears to be. Firstly Lancaster & Marvin’s characters participated with Palance’s character in the Mexican revolution and Cardinale’s may not have been kidnapped after all. [...]
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