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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 [...]

Ball of Fire (1941)

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Ball of Fire (1941) Produced by Samuel Goldwyn this hilarious essential comedy was directed by Howard Hawks. Its screenplay was written by Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder who collaborated on many great award-winning films though it was Wilder & Thomas Monroe who wrote this original story that received an Oscar nomination for their work on this film. Stanwyck (Best Actress) Alfred Newman’s Score and the film’s Sound Recording [...]

Devil and Miss Jones The (1941)

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Devil and Miss Jones The (1941) An hilarious comedy by director Sam Wood starring Jean Arthur Charles Coburn Robert Cummings Spring Byington Edmund Gwenn S. Z. Sakall and William Demarest. Sags a little after the first 45 minutes (except for Cummings reciting the Declaration of Independence etc.) but picks up the pace and interest again in the final 20 minutes. Coburn (Best Actor) and Norman Krasna (Original Screenplay) picked up Oscar [...]

Stranger The (1946)

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Stranger The (1946) This Victor Trivas original story was nominated for an Oscar the film was directed by Orson Welles who also plays the title role a former Nazi that’s hiding out in a small town in Connecticut. In a part which may remind you of his similar one in Double Indemnity (1944) Edward G. Robinson plays an investigator that’s trying to locate the mysterious war criminal using his obsession with clocks to advantage. [...]

1944

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1944 1944 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Going My Way (1944) Double Indemnity (1944) Gaslight (1944) Since You Went Away (1944) Wilson (1944) Best Actor in a Leading Role Bing Crosby Going My Way (1944) Charles Boyer Gaslight (1944) Barry Fitzgerald Going My Way (1944) Cary Grant None But the Lonely Heart (1944) Alexander Knox Wilson (1944) Best Actress in a Leading Role Ingrid [...]

Dude Cowboy (1941)

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Dude Cowboy (1941) This Tim Holt B Western was written by Morton Grant and directed by David Howard. The story revolves around counterfeiting and Holt is joined by his frequent sidekicks Ray Whitley as Smokey who sings at least 3 songs intermixed with the ‘action’ and Lee ‘Lasses’ White as (Professor) Whopper (Hatch) who provides the comic relief along with Helen Holmes who plays Aunt Althea Carter a fairly refined woman that’s [...]

Dallas (1950) – full review!

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Dallas (1950) – full review! Directed by Stuart Heisler (who’d received his only Oscar nomination for Tulsa (1949) for Special Effects) and written by John Twist this needlessly complex and talky Western with a B movie feel that includes some comedy (intentional or otherwise) might please only fans of its lead actor Gary Cooper who plays a familiar role as a wronged man waging a solo battle of revenge. Coop plays Blayde [...]

Great Man Votes The (1939)

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Great Man Votes The (1939) A worthwhile film directed by Garson Kanin about a Harvard educated man played by John Barrymore who teaches his children (Peter Holden and Virginia Weidler) at home yet still sends them to school. He used to be a “great man” a writer in fact who lost all interest when his inspirational wife died. Now he lives in a somewhat ignorant urban community doing enough work to get by. His kids taught by him to [...]

Desperate Journey (1942)

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Desperate Journey (1942) Don’t take this one too seriously just sit back and enjoy this World War II action adventure which features a great cast. Directed by Raoul Walsh this Arthur T. Horman original screenplay is about an Allied bomber which is hit by enemy fire that has to crash land behind enemy lines. Its crew led by Errol Flynn must then find their way back to friendly territory. Along the way they disrupt as many Axis operations as [...]

Anna Christie (1930)

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Anna Christie (1930) Greta Garbo’s first talkie is also a fairly entertaining adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s classic story of a woman trying to escape her lurid past. Her father (George Marion) who thinks his daughter has led a clean life receives a letter from her that she’s coming to visit & stay with him. His dumpy girlfriend (Marie Dressler) moves out of the barge which he’d been sharing with her to keep up [...]
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