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Slight Case of Murder A (1938)

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Slight Case of Murder A (1938) Directed by the under appreciated Lloyd Bacon this Damon Runyon/Howard Lindsay play was adapted to the screen by Earl Baldwin and Joseph Schrank. It’s an offbeat comedy with Edward G. Robinson spoofing his own gangster image as Remy Marco (Remy not Rico). After prohibition has ended Remy decides to go legitimate. Unfortunately the beer his gang has been making other people buy is awful and won’t sell in [...]

Sins of the Children (1930)

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Sins of the Children (1930) One has to wonder whether Frank Capra saw this above average sentimental drama and was influenced by it since scenes (& themes) from two of his films the Academy Award winning Best Picture You Can’t Take it With You (1938) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) are evident in this one which was produced & directed by Sam Wood. Elliott Nugent who with his father J. C. wrote the story Father’s Day on [...]

Letter The (1940)

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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 [...]

Perils of Pauline The (1947)

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Perils of Pauline The (1947) Directed by George Marshall this P.J. Wolfson biographical story about silent film serial actress Pearl White (the titled Pauline) was made into a fictionalized biography-comedy featuring Betty Hutton (as Ms. White) by screenwriter Frank Butler (Going My Way (1944)) with help from Wolfson. Betty Hutton plays Pearl White a seamstress in a sweatshop that loves music. In fact she’s sings a song mocking her boss [...]

Wizard of Oz The (1939)

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Wizard of Oz The (1939) I used to watch this annually when I was a child didn’t you? Judy Garland singing “Over the Rainbow” #1 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time and an Oscar winner to boot was nearly cut from the film! The film’s score which features “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead (#82 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time) also won the Oscar. Mervyn LeRoy’s film was nominated for Best [...]

Mystery of Mr. X The (1934) – full review!

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Mystery of Mr. X The (1934) – full review! A zippy little crime mystery with a humorous element that makes for an enjoyable hour and a half of entertainment. Directed by writer Edgar Selwyn this Philip MacDonald story and adaptation which received a screenplay treatment from Howard Emmett Rogers stars Robert Montgomery Elizabeth Allan Lewis Stone Ralph Forbes and Henry Stephenson (among others). The acting is first rate particularly from [...]

Topaz (1969)

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Topaz (1969) A movie worse than Marnie (1964) and Torn Curtain (1966) this one has John Vernon playing a Castro-like character among a cast which includes actors and actresses most have never heard of before or hence besides John Forsythe and perhaps Roscoe Lee Browne. Not much to remember about this one either I can only barely think of parts of it myself (and I don’t feel compelled to watch it "again" either!). The theme of [...]

Roberta (1935)

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Roberta (1935) Pretty good Fred (Astaire) & Ginger (Rogers) film featuring Randolph Scott and Irene Dunne as its romantic leads. Directed by William Seiter this comedy Musical includes the Oscar nominated song “Lovely to Look at” though I think the highlight is Dunne’s singing of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”. Helen Westley is a businesswoman in Paris who also happens to be Scott’s aunt; Dunne’s [...]

Footloose Heiress The (1937)

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Footloose Heiress The (1937) This below average B movie romance comedy was directed by William Clemens produced by Brian Foy and written by Robertson White. While most will recognize Ann Sheridan (who thankfully found her way out of such B programmers) in the title role the rest of the cast is largely unknown (certainly to today’s audiences). It’s a fairly wacky story about the spoiled daughter (Sheridan) of an advertising executive [...]

Winning Team The (1952) – full review!

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Winning Team The (1952) – full review! Directed by Lewis Seiler and written by Merwin Gerard Seeleg Lester and Ted Sherdeman (from a story by Gerard & Lester) this average sports biography features Ronald Reagan as baseball pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander (inducted in to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame as Pete Alexander) and Doris Day as his wife Aimee. This was Reagan’s second and last pairing with Day (the other [...]
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