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Libeled Lady (1936)

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Libeled Lady (1936) A terrific comedy with an outstanding cast including Jean Harlow Myrna Loy Spencer Tracy and William Powell. Nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Tracy is a workaholic New York newspaper editor who can’t seem to find the time to wed his fiance (Harlow so you know he must have REAL problems!). But heiress Myrna Loy has filed a $5 million lawsuit against Tracy’s paper for libel they claimed she broke up a marriage. [...]

Courtroom Dramas

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Courtroom Dramas Films which feature an ending trial or contain one within are too numerous to list; plus I’ve intentionally left out court-martial trials and other forms of military justice (perhaps I’ll explore this topic in a future essay). I’ve also decided to exclude (e.g. biographical) stories about lawyers and judges and I’ve excluded 12 Angry Men (1957) because it’s about jury deliberations. Instead [...]

Essential Character Actors

August 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

Essential Character Actors this is a work in progress (and currently male only) please check back later for updates During the studio era character actors were common (and respected) much more so than today. Whether it was MGM Warner Bros. or you name it each company had some stock players that were excellent supporting players whether they were typecast or not. Sometimes it was directors (e.g. like John Ford later copied by Clint Eastwood) who [...]

Big Heat The (1953)

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Big Heat The (1953) Directed by Fritz Lang with a screenplay by Sidney Boehm (The Atomic City (1952)) this above average crime thriller stars Glenn Ford as a straight-laced cop in a corrupt city he believes is run by a fastidious gangster named Mike Laguna (Alexander Scourby). Almost immediately Detective Sergeant Dave Bannion (Ford) has a personal reason to bring down Laguna and his right hand thug Vince Stone (Lee Marvin) – they were [...]

Sayonara (1957)

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Sayonara (1957) The story is about the restrictions placed upon American servicemen stationed in Japan during the Korean War – “there will be no sanctioned fraternization between Americans and the natives” – and racism. Red Buttons as Joe Kelly and Miyoshi Umeki (later TV’s Mrs. Livingston on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father) as Katsumi in her film debut earned Supporting Actor/Actress Oscars (their only [...]

Hatari! (1962)

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Hatari! (1962) Produced and directed by Howard Hawks with a screenplay by Leigh Brackett that was based on a story by Harry Kurnitz (What Next Corporal Hargrove? (1945)) this adventure comedy drama set in Africa is notable for Russell Harlan’s Color Cinematography which was Oscar nominated (his third of six unrewarded Academy Award nominations in this category) and Henri Mancini’s original song “Baby Elephant Walk”. The [...]

Twelve O’Clock High (1949)

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Twelve O’Clock High (1949) Is the ultimate definitive example of military leadership and (if one can believe an IMDb trivia item) it’s even used by a couple of different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces for training officers. This World War II drama features Gregory Peck – in an Academy Award nominated (Best Actor) role – as General Frank Savage who’s assigned to take over a “daylight precision bombing” unit during the [...]

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

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Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Strong performances by Clark Gable (also in the previous year’s Best Picture winner) as Fletcher Christian Charles Laughton (unforgettable as Captain Bligh – AFI’s #19 villain) and Franchot Tone as Roger Byam prompted three Best Actor Academy Award nominations from the film which predictably led to the only other Oscar nominated Lead Actor (Victor McLaglen in The Informer (1935)) taking home the [...]

Knute Rockne All American (1940)

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Knute Rockne All American (1940) A biography of the legendary Notre Dame football coach played by Pat O’Brien which features Ronald Reagan (in practically a cameo) as George Gipp aka “the Gipper” a fated player on his team. Donald Crisp and Albert Bassermann play Fathers; Gale Page plays the title character’s wife; Henry O’Neill plays the coach’s doctor John Qualen his father; John Litel also provides support. [...]

Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume Three

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Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume Three Purchase this DVD Collection now at Other Men’s Women (1931) – is a fairly simple and straightforward drama – a love triangle involving Grant Withers Mary Astor and Regis Toomey – but there’s something about it probably its train action sequences and some energetic acting which makes it appealing and interesting enough entertainment to want to watch it through to the end. That it was [...]
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