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Midnight Mary (1933) – full review!

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Midnight Mary (1933) – full review! Directed by William Wellman with a screenplay by Gene Markey and Kathryn Scola that was based on a story by Anita Loos this slightly above average pre-code crime drama features a radiant Loretta Young in the title role as Mary Martin. While it doesn’t exactly sizzle with risqué dialogue the film does contain some suggestive scenes. The story is told in flashback with Mary on trial for murder [...]

Princess O’Rourke (1943)

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Princess O’Rourke (1943) Writer Norman Krasna had received three Academy Award nominations for his original stories or screenplays (most recently for The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)) by the time he tried his hand at directing his first film this one. Since he only directed two more films in his career once in 1950 and again in 1956 one might assume that he preferred writing. For this romantic comedy Krasna finally earned his only Oscar (on [...]

Kim (1950)

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Kim (1950) Based on a Rudyard Kipling novel this film boasts a red-headed Errol Flynn as Mahbub Ali protector of the titled boy character played by Dean Stockwell. Directed by Victor Saville who earned two Oscar nominations as the producer for The Citadel (1938) & Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) it tells the tale of how the orphan Kim helps the British fight rebels in India. The screenplay was co-written by Helen Deutsch (Lili (1953)). The cast [...]

Jamaica Inn (1939) – full review!

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Jamaica Inn (1939) – full review! I almost didn’t want to review this film for my website because I feel this is one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s poorest efforts. Even though it’s based on Daphne Du Maurier’s novel and features a particularly evil character by Charles Laughton I didn’t find it to be a particularly engaging or satisfying drama. However though it lacks much of the suspense and intrigue [...]

1939

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1939 1939 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Gone with the Wind (1939) Dark Victory (1939) Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) Love Affair (1939) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Ninotchka (1939) Of Mice and Men (1939) Stagecoach (1939) The Wizard of Oz (1939) Wuthering Heights (1939) Best Actor in a Leading Role Robert Donat Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) Mickey Rooney Babes in Arms (1939) Clark [...]

Peeping Tom (1960)

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Peeping Tom (1960) Ahead of its time this above average thriller about a voyeuristic cinematographer who films the women he terrorizes and then kills while the camera is rolling was so scandalous in its day that it actually ruined the career of its British director (and uncredited producer) Michael Powell. His reputation was subsequently restored and revered in part because of another director Martin Scorsese who sought him out and found Powell [...]

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

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Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Sidney Lumet directed this star-studded murder mystery thriller; Paul Dehn (Seven Days to Noon (1950)) wrote the screenplay adapting the Agatha Christie novel to earn his second (and last) Oscar nomination. Albert Finney (Tom Jones (1963)) earned his second of five (four for Best Actor one for Supporting) unrewarded Academy Award nominations for expertly playing Christie’s protagonist Hercule Poirot and [...]

It Should Happen to You (1954) – full review!

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It Should Happen to You (1954) – full review! Directed by George Cukor (My Fair Lady (1964)) with a story & screenplay by three time Oscar nominated writer Garson Kanin this above average comedy stars the uniquely talented Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday (1950)) Peter Lawford and Jack Lemmon in his screen debut (showing signs of his “outburst ability” for which he’d become famous)! It also earned Jean Louis (The Solid [...]

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. [...]

I Married A Doctor (1936)

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I Married A Doctor (1936) There is a lot of good dialogue in this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street about small town gossip. Directed by Archie Mayo the screenplay was written by Harriet Ford Harvey O’Higgins and Casey Robinson (Captain Blood (1935)). Carol (Josephine Hutchinson) is a woman from Chicago who marries hometown doctor William Kennicott played by Pat O’Brien and tries to adapt to life in Williamsburg a [...]
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