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Without Reservations (1946)

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Without Reservations (1946) A so so story about a writer (Claudette Colbert) who writes a novel that becomes the rage. On her way (by train and then car) to Hollywood where her book is to be made into a movie she meets the perfect unknown man (John Wayne) and military officer to portray her protagonist on-screen. Unfortunately for her without knowing who she is he shares his view that the ideas expressed in her popular book are nonsense. However [...]

Shanghai Gesture The (1941)

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Shanghai Gesture The (1941) Directed by Josef von Sternberg (Morocco (1930) & Shanghai Express (1932)) who collaborated with Geza Herczeg (The Life of Emile Zola (1937)) and Jules Furthman (Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)) to adapt the John Colton play this atmospheric (yet average) drama earned Oscar nominations for B&W Art Direction-Interior Decoration and Music Score. It stars the beautiful Gene Tierney as Poppy Smith a party girl looking [...]

1936

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1936 1936 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture The Great Ziegfeld (1936) Anthony Adverse (1936) Dodsworth (1936) Libeled Lady (1936) Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) Romeo and Juliet (1936) San Francisco (1936) The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935) A Tale of Two Cities (1935) Three Smart Girls (1936) Best Actor in a Leading Role Paul Muni The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935) Walter Huston Dodsworth [...]

On the Town (1949)

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On the Town (1949) This lively above average Musical comedy was directed by Stanley Donen and one of its stars Gene Kelly. It was written by Adolph Green & Betty Comden (The Band Wagon (1953)) and showcases the many talents of Kelly Frank Sinatra Betty Garrett Ann Miller Jules Munshin and Vera-Ellen. Its Musical Score which includes the Leonard Bernstein hit “New York New York ( it’s a wonderful town)” among others won [...]

I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)

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I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955) Directed by Daniel Mann with a screenplay by Helen Deutsch (Lili (1953)) and Jay Richard Kennedy this slightly above average biographical drama about the rise and fall (& recovery) of singer-actress Lillian Roth earned Susan Hayward who sings her fourth unrewarded Best Actress Oscar nomination (she would win on her fifth & last nomination for I Want to Live! (1958)). Based on an autobiography co-written by [...]

America’s Greatest Movies

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America’s Greatest Movies AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 MOVIES (1998) – This is the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1500 leaders of the American movie [...]

Cheyenne Social Club The (1970) – full review!

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Cheyenne Social Club The (1970) – full review! Produced & directed by Gene Kelly (his last in either of these capacities) with a story written directly for the screen by James Lee Barrett this slightly above average Western comedy with lots of humorous dialogue is also a buddy picture for James Stewart and Henry Fonda (their last on-screen appearance together) whose real life longtime friendship comes through very well. Stewart plays [...]

Mad Max (1979)

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Mad Max (1979) Set in the not-so-distant future of Australia and its vast expanses of open spaces a gay biker gang claims the road as their own by terrorizing the towns and citizens found there. The MFP (police) pursue them in vain until the Interceptor (driven by Mel Gibson in the title role) can track them down; the result is usually a spectacularly fatal crash. Produced by Bill Miller and Byron Kennedy on a shoestring budget this cult classic [...]

Mystery House (1938)

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Mystery House (1938) Directed by Noel M. Smith this short (under an hour) murder mystery stars Dick Purcell as a detective who also happens to be infatuated with a nurse played by Warner Brothers “Oomph Girl” Ann Sheridan. Unfortunately it’s not very good in that it’s fairly easy to tell early on who the culprit is. However there is some mystery as to how certain things come about which may hold your interest [...]

Three Came Home (1950) – full review!

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Three Came Home (1950) – full review! Directed by Jean Negulesco (Johnny Belinda (1948)) with a screenplay by Nunnally Johnson (The Grapes of Wrath (1940)) this true story drama was adapted from author Agnes Newton Keith’s autobiographical account of her family’s experience as P.O.W.’s (prisoners of war) of the Japanese Army in Borneo during World War II. Though there’s no mystery to the outcome given its title the film [...]
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