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Golden Boy (1939)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Golden Boy (1939) Thanks to Barbara Stanwyck who believed the young actor could pull off the title role William Holden burst on the screen as violinist Joe Bonaparte (his star making role) with a talent for boxing which is exploited by the promoter-manager Tom Moody (Adolphe Menjou); he uses his mistress-assistant Lorna Moon (played by Stanwyck) to seal the deal by seducing the would-be prizefighter. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian who also [...]

The Departed (2006)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Departed (2006) “And the winner of the Best Motion Picture of the Year goes to … the F-word!” But seriously director Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull (1980)) won his first Best Director Oscar on his sixth nomination from the Academy in the category; his long time editor Thelma Schoonmaker and writer William Monahan – who adapted the original screenplay (Mou gaan dou aka Infernal Affairs (2002)) – also won. Mark [...]

No Other Woman (1933)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

No Other Woman (1933) Produced by David O. Selznick and directed by J. Walter Ruben this “run of the mill” drama boasts a couple of big name stars Irene Dunne and Charles Bickford. Marred by poor stilted acting (particularly by Bickford) what may have been a better film is simply too pat with an overly melodramatic ending. Realizing the film itself is more than 70 years old it’s hard to fault the plot by itself one which has [...]

My Darling Clementine (1946)

May 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

My Darling Clementine (1946) By Julie My Darling Clementine, Directed by John Ford, is loosely based around Wild West legends the Earp Brothers; (Wyatt, Virgil, Morgan and James) the Clanton Gang, and Doc Holliday, and follows events which led to the gun fight at the O.K Corral. Our main characters are Henry Fonda starring as Wyatt Earp, Victor Mature as Doc Holliday, and Linda Darnell as Chihuahua. Countless movies made been made about the [...]

Angel Face (1952) – full review!

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Angel Face (1952) – full review! Produced and directed by Otto Preminger (Laura (1944)) with a screenplay by Oscar Millard (The Frogmen (1951)) and Frank Nugent (The Quiet Man (1952)) that was based on a Chester Erskine story this slightly above average crime drama film-noir features Robert Mitchum as working class Frank Jessup and Jean Simmons (in the title role) as Diane Tremayne a seemingly sweet ‘debutante’ daddy’s [...]

Evelyn Prentice (1934) – full review!

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Evelyn Prentice (1934) – full review! Directed by William K. Howard with a screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee that was based on the novel by W.E. Woodward this mystery drama is clever enough to hold one’s interest until the final act when the law goes out the window and incredulity reigns. It was actually the third film (ever and) from that year to team William Powell and Myrna Loy who plays the title role. Evelyn Prentice (Loy) is the [...]

Vacation in Reno (1946)

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Vacation in Reno (1946) Directed by Leslie Goodwins this Charles Kerr story’s screenplay was written by Charles E. Roberts and Arthur Ross (Brubaker (1980)). It’s a below average comedy based on misunderstandings and marriage using a bank robbery and the divorce capital of the country as backdrops. I don’t believe I’ve seen any other films besides The Wizard of Oz (1939) featuring Jack Haley and it’s ironic that [...]

American Graffiti (1973)

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American Graffiti (1973) Co-produced by Francis Ford Coppola this nostalgic film directed and co-written by George Lucas offers a slice of Americana in the early 60’s with a cast that features many young actors & actresses soon to make names for themselves as well as an authentic soundtrack. It’s a coming of age film that won’t fail to please and will more likely make one yearn for the good ole days if they were ever really [...]

High Society (1956)

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High Society (1956) Directed by Charles Walters (Lili (1953)) with a screenplay by John Patrick (The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)) that was based on Philip Barry’s play this Musical remake of Cary Grant & Katharine Hepburn‘s last pairing (The Philadelphia Story (1940)) features Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly as the formerly married couple Dexter Haven & Tracy Lord. Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm play reporters Mike Connor [...]

Tess of the Storm Country (1922)

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Tess of the Storm Country (1922) Directed by John Robertson with scenarios co-written by Josephine Lovett (Our Dancing Daughters (1928)) this frequently filmed (story) silent is actually the second done by Mary Pickford the first being the 1914 version that helped launch her stardom. The film opens with a “letter” by its star explaining that with the advent of better technology she decided to remake this story with which she is most [...]
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