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Married Before Breakfast (1937)

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Married Before Breakfast (1937) Directed by Edwin Marin this Harry Ruskin story was adapted by Everett Freeman and George Oppenheimer (The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)). It’s a madcap comedy with Robert Young and Florence Rice in roles not unlike the kind James Stewart and Jean Arthur played. Tom Wakefield (Young) is a free spirited man who believes everyone should do what they want and have fun. He’s inexplicably engaged to 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 [...]

So Well Remembered (1947)

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So Well Remembered (1947) Directed by Edward Dmytryk (Crossfire (1947)) with a screenplay by John Paxton (also Crossfire (1947)) that was based on the James Hilton novel (Mrs. Miniver (1942)) this drama provides Martha Scott with an opportunity to play a less than endearing character opposite John Mills who plays a rather idealistic liberal in an English mill town from after World War I through the end of World War II. The cast also includes [...]

Day of the Jackal The (1973)

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Day of the Jackal The (1973) This film is a faithful adaptation of the engrossing Frederick Forsyth novel about an assassin by director Fred Zinnemann. The movie is a very good one but unfortunately didn’t do very well at the box office in part because the director turned down Michael Caine in favor of an unknown face for the lead character (Edward Fox). Received an Academy Award nomination for Editing. Purchase this DVD now [...]

Unsinkable Molly Brown The (1964)

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Unsinkable Molly Brown The (1964) Directed by Charles Walters with a screenplay by Helen Deutsch who had earlier collaborated on Lili (1953) this Richard Morris play was made into a slightly above average Musical comedy starring Debbie Reynolds who earned her only Oscar nomination (Best Actress) for playing the title role. It’s a biographical account of a backwoods tomboy (who survived a flood as an infant!) whose woodsman husband played [...]

Don’t Give Up the Ship (1959)

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Don’t Give Up the Ship (1959) Directed by Norman Taurog (Skippy (1931) & Boys Town (1938)) this Jerry Lewis comedy also includes the lovely Dina Merrill. If you’ve never seen a Jerry Lewis film before this is a pretty good example of one. Most folks either love or hate his brand of humor; there’s not a lot of middle ground. If you love him you’ll enjoy his antics in this film which gives him ample opportunity for [...]

Bandit Ranger (1942)

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Bandit Ranger (1942) Cattle rustling is a problem affecting a small town in the old West. A ranger is sent to clean things up but he is killed on his way to the town. Tim Holt (the “man in black” who is actually the good guy) shows up just after the ranger is shot. He learns the man’s name Frank Mattison and is asked by him to give his stenciled money belt to his sister (Joan Barclay) who will be arriving soon on the [...]

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) The best of director John Ford’s (and actor John Wayne‘s) U.S. Cavalry trilogy which includes Fort Apache (1948) & Rio Grande (1950) this essential Western won Cinematographer Winton Hoch his second of three Oscars (on three nominations). Hoch’s sweeping views of Utah’s Monument Valley and beautiful blue cloud dotted skies are unforgettable. It’s based on stories by James Warner [...]

August 2006 – Summer Under the Stars

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August 2006 – Summer Under the Stars August 1-9 The Three Musketeers (1948) – an all new capsule review! Private Screenings: Angela Lansbury (2006) – a TCM premiere! A Night at the Opera (1935) – classic comedy from the Marx Brothers added to the National Film Registry in 1993. Groucho and Sig Ruman compete for Margaret Dumont’s affections by trying to sign the best singing talent for their operas. Allan Jones is [...]

Mildred Pierce (1945)

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Mildred Pierce (1945) Joan Crawford plays the title role a mother who will do anything for her selfish daughter Veda played by Ann Blyth. Mildred even goes into business becoming a successful restaurant owner but Veda is still ungrateful even as her mother has provided her opportunities in society. Jack Carson plays Wally Fay a man Mildred manipulates; Zachary Scott is Monte Beragon another who gets involved in a tragic love triangle of sorts [...]
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