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Joe Louis Story The (1953)

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Joe Louis Story The (1953) The highlight of this below average biography about the titled championship boxer is the authentic fight footage used throughout the film. However even this is less than ideal given its presentation without narration or fight commentary. In fact not only is the overall sound quality poor and Joe Louis’s historical boxing record is hard to follow (explicit dates win/loss records and even the boxer’s age are [...]

Waterloo Bridge (1931) – full review!

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Waterloo Bridge (1931) – full review! This original version of the Robert Sherwood play is quite different than the more famous MGM remake starring Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor. The story is more efficiently told and without flashbacks such that this film is nearly half an hour shorter. It was directed by James Whale and the screenplay was written by Benn Levy and Tom Reed (Night People (1954)). The most notable aspect of this movie is [...]

Hollywood Canteen (1944) – full review!

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Hollywood Canteen (1944) – full review! Directed and written by Delmer Daves the film received Oscar nominations for original song “Sweet Dreams Sweetheart” Score and Sound. Other than those mentioned below Alexis Smith Joe E. Brown Kitty Carlisle Alan Hale Paul Heinreid as a dishwasher Andrea King and dozens of others credited or uncredited. Follows another story written by Daves but based in New York Stage Door Canteen [...]

Character Actors Before Their Time

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Character Actors Before Their Time It was 1937 before the Academy finally honored supporting actors and actresses with an award and (for the first seven years that it was given) they received plaques – in lieu of the more coveted ‘Oscars’ – to recognize their achievements (though these plaques were later replaced with statuettes). In fact over the past 80 years AMPAS has added and deleted categories to suit their predilections and/or the [...]

Sahara (1943)

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Sahara (1943) Directed by Zoltan Korda who collaborated with John Howard Lawson (Blockade (1938)) on the screenplay they based on Philip MacDonald’s story (see below) this essential war drama stars Humphrey Bogart as Army Sergeant Joe Gunn who leads his tank (named Lulubelle) unit and a mixed bag of other Allied soldiers that join them through the titled desert. The men must defend an oasis they find with the water they desperately need [...]

Five Came Back (1939) – full review!

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Five Came Back (1939) – full review! Directed by John Farrow with a story by Richard Carroll that was scripted by Jerome Cady Dalton Trumbo and Nathanael West this above average adventure drama is one of the first to put an ensemble cast of characters from varied backgrounds in peril – the heart of the story shows how persons’ real character traits are revealed in a survival environment. Later used by director Alfred Hitchcock in [...]

March 2006 – Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald

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March 2006 – Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald Wednesday March 1 – 31 Days of Oscar continues 5:15 AM Princess O’Rourke (1943) – an all new capsule review! 7:00 AM Rhapsody In Blue (1945) – full review! 9:30 AM Imitation Of Life (1959) – though vastly inferior to the 1934 version with Claudette Colbert & Louise Beavers this film is still probably worth your time. This one stars Lana Turner and Juanita [...]

Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)

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Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941) Tay Garnett directed this drama which comes off as a female version of Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) though this one was based on a Bess Streeter Aldrich novel that was adapted by Stephen Vincent Benet; Sheridan Gibney (The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935)) and Adelaide Heilbron wrote the screenplay. Edward Ward’s Score received an Academy Award nomination. Sentimental and not particularly affecting the story [...]

Pawnbroker The (1964)

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Pawnbroker The (1964) A gloomy depressing film starring Rod Steiger as a Jewish pawnbroker and former Holocaust survivor who goes through life in a haze of terror and guilt. Jaime Sánchez plays an ambitious young Mexican in his employ; Geraldine Fitzgerald plays a lonely woman who tries to befriend him; Brock Peters plays a businessman who uses the title character’s shop as a front for his illegal activities; Juano Hernandez plays a lonely [...]

Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming The (1966)

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Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming The (1966) Today it’s really hard to believe that this average (and highly dated) Cold War comedy was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award earning its producer Norman Jewison (who also directed it) his first Oscar nomination. Based on Nathaniel Benchley’s novel Off Islanders the screenplay was written by William Rose (The Ladykillers (1955)) whose work was also nominated as was the [...]
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