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World of Henry Orient The (1964)

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World of Henry Orient The (1964) This is a delightful little comedy about two young urban private school girls Gil (Merrie Spaeth) & Val (Tippy Walker) who torment a piano playing playboy Peter Sellers and especially one of his potential married liaisons (Paula Prentiss). Though playing the title role and receiving top billing Sellers is hardly the lead character of the film whose story is really focused on the two young adolescent misfits [...]

Deep Valley (1947)

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Deep Valley (1947) Directed by Jean Negulesco whose next film Johnny Belinda (1948) would earn him his only Oscar recognition (a Best Director nomination) with a screenplay co-written by Stephen Morehouse Avery (The Gay Deception (1935)) this below average drama’s high point is its recognizable cast which includes the lovely & delicate Ida Lupino Dane Clark Wayne Morris Fay Bainter Henry Hull and Willard Robertson. Unfortunately the [...]

Opposite Sex The (1956) – full review!

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Opposite Sex The (1956) – full review! Directed by David Miller with a screenplay by Fay and Michael Kanin (Woman of the Year (1942)) that was based on the play by Clare Boothe (Come to the Stable (1949)) this colorful Musical remake of The Women (1939) also adds men to the cast and unfortunately lacks the impact of the original. What was wonderfully caustic dialogue in the first adaptation devolves into something a bit more tame which [...]

Moonlight on the Prairie (1935)

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Moonlight on the Prairie (1935) The first of the Dick Foran “The Singing Cowboy” B-Westerns was directed by D. Ross Lederman and written by William Jacobs. Foran plays Ace Andrews an out of work rodeo star that saves the day for a woman – Barbara Roberts (Sheila Mannors aka Bromley) – and her son Dickie (Jones). George E. Stone provides the comic relief as Small Change who accompanies Foran’s singing of the title song and others and [...]

Importance of Being Earnest The (1952) – full review!

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Importance of Being Earnest The (1952) – full review! Anthony Asquith directed and wrote the screenplay for this Oscar Wilde comedy play. It stars Michael Redgrave AND Michael Denison as the titled character(s) – a play on words Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff respectively. Ernest is actually a fictional character invented and later played by Jack in order to get out of social engagements and other situations with which [...]

Bette Davis Collection – Volume Three

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Bette Davis Collection – Volume Three The Old Maid (1939) All This and Heaven Too (1940) The Great Lie (1941) In This Our Life (1942) Watch on the Rhine (1943) Deception (1946) – if A Stolen Life (1946) doesn’t serve as the end point of Bette Davis’s 10+ year run of unsurpassed greatness of films then this ill-named drama certainly does. Not that Ms. Davis isn’t terrific in it especially as she matches talents with [...]

49th Parallel (1941)

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49th Parallel (1941) If you can ignore the supposition that everyone in Canada speaks the same language and some Nazi U-boat invaders speak it too and that in at least once instance the Germans talk ‘distance’ in terms of miles instead of kilometers AND you can endure (Sir) Laurence Olivier’s awful French-Canadian accent this is a pretty good Oscar winning World War II story. It serves as a pretty good indictment of the Nazi’s [...]

Goldfinger (1964)

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Goldfinger (1964) This quintessential (third) James Bond movie features Sean Connery at his most debonair & sassy and two of the series’ best villains Gert Fröbe in the title role and Harold Sakata as his lethal hat-throwing henchman Oddjob. Directed by Guy Hamilton it won a Best Effects Sound Effects Oscar for Norman Wanstall on his only Academy Award nomination. This Ian Fleming story about the exploits of British Agent 007 was adapted [...]

Alfie (1966)

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Alfie (1966) Michael Caine earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination in the title role. The film’s about a morally bankrupt British playboy who realizes just enough about who he is and what he’s doing to feel guilty about it. Along the way he seduces and/or encounters several women he dubs “birds” including Millicent Martin who even wants to introduce Alfie to her husband (?!) Shelley Winters a financially comfortable [...]

Citadel The (1938)

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Citadel The (1938) Robert Donat’s only other Oscar nominated acting performance is a pretty good story (also Oscar nominated) about a struggling doctor who is tempted by fortune to abandon his ideals. Rosalind Russell Ralph Richardson and a young Rex Harrison (who also plays a doctor) also star in this King Vidor directed film. The picture and its director were also nominated for Oscars. Purchase this DVD now [...]
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